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This Time, the Dream is Real
Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, Inception is a complex sci-fi thriller that takes you around the globe and into the world of dreams. At the center of the action is ace extractor and international fugitive Dominic Cobb. He is given a chance to redeem himself and regain his life by taking on one final mission, but this time the tables are turned. Instead of stealing a dream, he has to implant one. A smart and original mystery movie, Inception will keep you in suspense from start to finish.
As of 2015, Inception is one of the top 50 highest grossing films of all time.
It took Christopher Nolan 10 years to write the screenplay for the movie.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt performed all but one of his own stunts during the fight scene in the spinning hallway.
The only characters in the film who call Cobb by his first name are his wife, Mal, and father-in-law, Miles.
The role of Arthur was originally intended for Heath Ledger before his untimely death.
- Winner of four Oscars: Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects
- Featuring an all-star cast and first-rate story telling
- Two-disc Blu-ray edition contains tons of must-see bonus material
- Also available in wide-screen DVD format
Meet the Cast
Dominic Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio)
As super-thief and hunted criminal, Cobb earns his living by extracting ideas and secrets from deep in a person’s mind and selling them to competitors.
Ariadne (Ellen Page)
A graduate student from Paris, Ariadne is hired by Cobb to architect dreams and build virtual mazes for the dreamers’ subconscious to inhabit.
Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
Cobb’s closest friend and right-hand man, Arthur is the mission’s point man. He’s in charge of collecting facts and details about their intended victim.
Mal (Marion Cotillard)
Mal is Cobb’s deceased wife, and she appears only in his dream sequences. Will she help Cobb achieve his final mission or stand in his way?
Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best there is at extraction: stealing valuable secrets inside the subconscious during the mind’s vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage but also has made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he may get a second chance if he can do the impossible: inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime. But no planning or expertise can prepare them for a dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy only Cobb could have seen coming.
In terms of sheer originality, ambition and achievement, Inception is the movie of the summer, the movie of the year and the movie of our dreams --Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine
As engrossing and logic-resistant as the state of dreaming it seeks to replicate, Christopher Nolan's audacious new creation demands further study to fully absorb the multiple, simultaneous stories Nolan finagles into one narrative experience. --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
This is a deeply felt work of art in the form of a big, brassy movie-movie. --Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian
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But Inception is something special; something really amazing.
It is not often that you will find a story-line so well thought out, and a movie so well written and acted as this one. Movies about dreaming and hi-jacking other people's dreams usually feel corny. And here it feels so real that you take it all to be unquestionable. Clearly, the people writing this movie have covered the tracks so well, that just like the people who get dreams force-fed in the movies, we take it all for reality.
Like a freight-train this movie starts with a slow pace to quickly pick up speed, and instead of leaving it there, adds only more speed to the mix. It never is over-done, but when the movie comes to an end and the pacing slows down again - it is a welcome experience. It is a long movie, but it is a ride that you won't forget.
I like Christopher Nolan's work, and love his style of approaching a story and putting it into a film, but this to me is his masterpiece.
1.) Leonardo DiCaprio does a fantastic job as the main protagonist in the film.
2.) The 'dream world' dream within a dream moments and the theory of time slowing are fun mind puzzles to unravel.
3.) The action is well paced and suspenseful.
4.) The music score and settings all flow together well.
5.) The action is nothing to sneeze at, there's quite a bit of gun play and fist fights.
I hope you check this movie out if you haven't, it's a true gem!
Why did Cobb rush to the belief that accepting Saito's inception job offer would also solve his law troubles so he could return back the states on faith alone so quickly? Wouldn't he want to know more information about him first before accepting the offer? When he talks to Michael Caine in the lecture hall he sounds overwhelmingly convinced the job offer is the solution to everything, but why? Overacting?
Where did the first "kick" come from to trigger the avalanche in the 3rd level if JGL hadn't blown the floor in the 2nd level and the van hadn't hit the water in the 1st level?
How also was JGL on Level 2 with only "3 minutes" remaining able to make it down a flight of stairs and fight/kill a guy in the process, then fight/kill a guy in the hallway while bouncing around, THEN find the time to rope and bundle all of his comrades, push them into the elevator and THEN blow it.
When Fischer dies on Level 3 and gets pushed into Level 4/Limbo, why is Level 4 Cobb's world? Shouldn't it still be Fischer's limbo world since they're all still inside his multi-layered dream??
Every few years, I rewatch this movie hoping to get insight into why so many people consider it in their Top 5 of all-time, but it falls short every time. Yes the CGI and slow-mo is uber creative and cool and the concept is a nice spin on the "dream within a dream" trope, but a little more attention to the story setup would've been nice to add some plausibility. Suspension of disbelief really only stretches so far in the minds of your audience, not to mention Marion Cotillard and Leonardo Dicaprio have ZERO on-screen chemistry with each other and we're supposed to believe they were married and he can't get over her? Eh...
Names... Dom Cobb, Mal Cobb, Ariadne... There's something that feels pretentious about the character names chosen for the story. None of them seem to fit any particular person terribly well, which adds to their unrelatability. Even though you know the names of Cobb's children, it feels like he's fighting to get back to the "idea" of them, but you don't get any sense of why really? Come to think of it - most characters in the movie feel like "ideas of people" instead of multi-dimensional characters we can invest in. Granted not every movie requires a backstory for every character, but I do want to at least care about some of them?
Cobb doesn't emanate love for who his kids actually are and we get no real sense of them as people. They're one-dimensional plot devices used to justify his obsession, which is incredibly disappointing. I would feel a lot more for Cobb's struggle if we could actually feel for and empathize with the people that matter (or are "supposed to matter") most in Cobb's life. Also, who the hell is his children staying with after he flees the country? Their grandmother we're meant to insinuate from the earlier phone conversation? If he was able to arrange for them to have someone to stay with, he would've had time to see their faces again, no? Are the grandparents divorced or why does Michael Caine's grandpa work and live in a different country than grandma but will still be able to bring home "presents" for Cobb's kids? Is he flying back to the states after the semester? Who gives Cobb the suggestion/plane ticket to flee in the first place and why does he have to leave at that EXACT moment? You mean to tell me he couldn't have taken 5 seconds to run outside and wave goodbye to his kids to see their faces even while in a rush? Yeah, no.
And how long has Cobb been gone from the states exactly after he fled? A few months, a few years? If it's the latter and the kids still haven't aged at the end of the movie, why is everyone asking if Cobb is still dreaming? They're literally wearing exactly the same outfits and have the same hairstyles as the day he left however long ago lmao.
I wonder if the studio execs demanded Christopher Nolan cut down the movie's runtime significantly which subsequently removed a lot of the necessary plot setup scenes, which would be a damn shame. Nolan is a great director, but I doubt an extra 10/20 minutes to smooth out and not rush through all of the aforementioned issues would've been that big of an issue. They did a disservice to what could've been a truly great story, hence why I keep rewatching.
James Bond - check.
Stylized concept (think Matrix) - check
Sexy movie star - check
Sexy movie star's sex interest - check.
The writers obviously were tied because no professional writer would put out crap like this. Someone should sue them for theft. Also, can't they "age" someone to look half-natural? There has to be a makeup artist who knows how to age someone.
It was horrible. I hated every second.
First off, I really do enjoy the movie, but I'll be using this space to focus on the 4K Upgrade.
I have to say.. I was a little bit disappointed. Inception is a pretty recent film (2010) and after seeing how great Dunkirk and Dark Knight looked on 4K, I was really excited to see how this one looked!
In some areas, there is a nice upgrade noticeable! Textures look really good, it's got a fine level of grain that isn't distracting.. but other shots seem to be soft.. lacking sharpness and detail. Many of the indoor scenes seem like a smaller upgrade from the 1080p while outdoor shots seem much better. Is it better than the Blu-Ray? Definitely.
If you don't have either? Buy the 4K for sure. It's a great movie and the best the movie has looked on home video.. but ultimately, its just not the most impressive thing. It looks good in parts but if I had to use one word to describe it, it would be "inconsistent". I'd give the video about a 4 out of 5. There are some points that look more like a 3-3.5 out of 5 but I didn't see any 4.5-5/5 moments like we saw very often in Dark Knight and Dunkirk.
Audio is in 5.1 DTS-HDMA (No dolby atmos on any of these Christopher Nolan 4K Sets); I didn't notice a ton of difference here from the original audio on the Blu-Ray.
Also included are the original Blu-Ray disc and Special Features disc. The 3 discs come in a 2-disc case, with 2 of them stacked. There's also a slipcover and digital copy included.
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There are numerous and quite lengthy extra features, none of which I found particularly helpful or even terribly interesting. For those who want to know what you get for your money, here's the list:
--- Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious - Can the Dream World Be a Fully Functional Parallel Reality? Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Leading Scientists Take You to the Cutting Edge of Dream Research
--- Inception: The Cobol Job - Comic Prologue in Full Animmation and Motion: See the Events That Led to the beginning of the Movie
--- 5.1 Soundtrack Selections from Hans Zimmer's Versatile Score
--- Conceptual Art, Promotional Art and Trailer/TV Spot Galleries
The cast are excellent, with Leonardo DiCaprio especially noteworthy. It's such a shame that he seems to spend so much of his time these days lecturing us all on the state of the planet while flying around on his private jet. However, more importantly, I've only given the film a four star rating! Perhaps, I need to watch it one more time...
So the reason I bought this on blu-ray is because practically all the special features are missing from the DVD version. And some of them are certainly worth watching if you are interested in behind-the-scenes explanations. There are some truly fantastic scenes and complex concepts in this film and the special features show how the challenging scenes are created and goes into some depth to explain the concept of entering another person's multilevel subconscious and what that can mean for the person being invaded as well as the person doing the invading.
The triple play disc.
I watched both the Blu-Ray and DVD discs. Why? To compare audio and picture because I don't have a DTS decoder and the sound on Blu-Ray just doesn't cut the mustard if you don't have the hardware and speakers to show it off. My compact DD 5.1 system still works extremely well and I'm not ready to chuck it out simply because Blu-Ray discs don't include DD 5.1 audio tracks.
For me the DVD with DD 5.1 was much more enjoyable than the Blu-Ray in glorious High Def but with stereo mix down. Being new to Blu-Ray I am discovering that it is often just as well to buy a DVD instead as at least you get the DD 5.1 audio track. Doesn't apply to all genres of course. I notice that other languages on the Blu-Ray disc have DD 5.1 audio so why not add a standard DD 5.1 track for English as well? Annoying. Personally Even though I've got a full high def set up now I'll probably buy standard DVDs until a time when I decide to replace my existing surround system...which won't be for a while yet.
Blu-ray definitely worth the extra, visuals are excellent. You should note that the dvd is not great in terms of picture quality, Warner were offering a replacement and i have contacted them to see if it is still on offer via their uk website. The replacement is marked v3 according to the forum. It's perfectly watchable but subtitles and anything containing vert/horiz lines shimmer noticably, not that i've watched it all the way through(!) Hope the v3 disc is available & better. Says the digital copy has expired - it doesn't cost anything, but i guess if you have the disc you can make your own legitimately.
Update on dvd disc - replacement disc came today 22/01/13 so amazing customer service from WBros....and dtw1970, i can confirm that the download code still works as you say.....so thanks to you and to WarnerBros on both counts! This makes so much sense.
Manly because I have some problems watching this film.
either it does not work, or sticks at times. Some of it is great
but a lot of it needs some watching to get what it is about
The order was delivered in a well protected package and in perfect condition well within the quoted estimated delivery period.
The film will test your multi-diamentional objectivity to the limit! Yet it works very well as long as you keep your eyes glued to the screen. Not a movie that you can leave and make a drink, then come back to, You would loss the plot very quickly.
You get a steel, slightly smaller than shoebox size briefcase, which is enclosed with a box itself, containing the Blu Ray set (complete with two Blu Ray discs and the DVD version of the film), a manual on the "dream machine", art cards and a very nifty totem, which is fun to just mess around with.
If you are someone who thinks a lot about movies I would recommend this product - you get a pretty neat set for your money.