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Inception

Published December 10, 2010

Inception

Film info

  • Title Inception
  • Director Christopher Nolan
  • Year 2010
  • Run time 2hrs 28m
  • Genres Science Fiction, Adventure, Action
  • Tagline Your mind is the scene of your crime

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the best in the dangerous art of extraction: stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible - inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse; their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

Live blog

Time Comment
0:41 This starts and sounds the same as Shutter Island. Boo.
3:03 “Once an idea has taken hold in the brain, it’s almost impossible to eradicate.”
5:02 I like slowed down flames.
6:52 No wonder he can’t trust her. She won’t stay still when he says so. I’m like that too.
11:15 There are a lot of bits of this opening like Titanic. The woman going to jump, the water pouring in the windows.
14:47 A dream within a dream. The Architect. Now it’s gone a bit Matrix.
17:37 Uh oh, children to pull at the heart strings.
21:17 Leap of faith or be an old man filled with regret. That’s not a hard choice. Not for Leo anyways.
22:16 Mr C says: “I like beardy DiCaprio.” Odd.
24:23 It’s always the “last job” that causes all the problems though.
26:13 That’s her from the roller skate film. I’d recognise that pouty face anywhere.
28:33 Why do they keep playing that song? It’s annoying. I don’t regret anything either, alright?
30:30 Bending city! I love it.
37:28 I don’t know why this and Shutter Island think the lower the note you play, the more sinister it is.
41:34 That’s a weird question. “She’s dead.” “What was she like in real life?” My first thought would be “How come?”
46:55 Oh for goodness sake, it’s Mr Kobayashi! I haven’t seen him on screen for years and now twice in three films!
49:49 I think the older Leonardo gets, the more I like him (Shutter Island notwithstanding).
52:09 Am I missing something that they can all just fall asleep at the same time?
52:48 Ariadne is quite a weird name, too, isn’t it? Aviva in the last film. Ariadne in this one.
54:37 Oh, I see, it’s the machine that does it. Very Matrix. All they need is a spike in the back of the head.
1:01:04 The Joseph Gordon guy is basically the next generation of Keanu isn’t he? Quite emotionless, deadpan voice, etc.
1:04:46 Look at that rain! That’s some pretty poor weather for a dream.
1:06:36 I love a train running down the middle of the road, and it’s not even a tram.
1:09:24 I think the British guy is there just to explain everything to us. I shall call him Jeeves.
1:10:45 If he has people shooting at them, doesn’t that mean he knows that they are there so the inception will fail already?
1:20:36 She framed him! How properly evil.
1:22:16 It’s interesting that dreamland is considered down. She said: “down here.”
1:24:21 I love the relationship between Keanu 2 and Jeeves.
1:27:12 His bad driving affects the next level of dream. Awesomeness.
1:30:06 I never really thought about not knowing how you got to a particular point in a dream. That’s weird.
1:37:33 Why would she design a winter level? That’s just making their live harder!
1:38:22 Winter < Hotel Room < Driving Van < Plane = Real life. ARGH!
1:40:17 That was awesome! How can anyone have come up with this? How am I managing to follow it???
1:44:53 This ski fight is a bit rubbish because I can’t tell who is who.
1:52:48 We officially have no idea what they are trying to achieve but it’s still awesome.
1:54:38 I don’t like the winter layer, I can only tell the girl because she has long hair.
1:56:16 As if three worlds was not enough.
1:58:39 If I am following this correctly, Keanu 2 is protecting them via a lift shaft (how Keanu!) and Jeeves is protecting them in winter wonderland.
2:04:38 She looks like Katy Perry.
2:08:46 Falling!
2:12:40 If they’re all alive, aren’t they just gonna die from falling in the water? Oh no wait, that’s a dream too.
2:17:48 Now they’re all awake on the plane. Odd.

Thoughts

FILM 100!

I wanted to see this one the minute I saw the trailer. Mr C wanted to see it based on everyone’s rave reviews - he refused to even watch the trailer in case it had spoilers in it. We were super excited when it appeared on iTunes.

I thought I was doing really well following the whole thing, but I think I can pinpoint it going wrong when the winter dream started to fall apart. I couldn’t quite get to grips with the ending, and I think I’d need to watch it again to have another stab at it. I’m not sure I could sit through another two and a half hours though. I did say to Mr C at the time that it was a long old film but I wasn’t bored, however I don’t think that would hold true for the second viewing!

I really like the concept, there were some intriguing ideas, I was open-mouthed at how someone managed to come up with these ideas, and I really liked a lot of the action sequences and special effects. The only downside really was getting lost at the end. I feel like I’ve let myself down.

Rating: 4 / 5

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