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Inception
« on: August 11, 2010, 09:26:12 pm »
I hold my hands up to being an Inception fan...I loved this film.  From the first glimpse of the action packed, doomy soundtrack trailers, this was my 'must see' movie of the summer.  I dragged my thirteen year old son along, denying him his first choice of the A Team and waited in the gloom to be entranced by cinematic magic.
The plot was complex to a techno-eejit like me, the amount of male eyecandy a welcome surprise...who would have thought the little kid from Third Rock from the Sun would grow up to be such a cool, action hero? 
But the imagery and high octane action was enough to keep my lad and I on the edge of our seats.

Across the networking forums, the same words are being repeated...'I can't wait to see Inception again.'
Well done Chris Nolan for giving us something original, thought provoking and exciting. 

And did the spinning top falll at the end? ???

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Re: Inception
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2010, 04:26:12 pm »
I hold my hands up to being an Inception fan...I loved this film.  From the first glimpse of the action packed, doomy soundtrack trailers, this was my 'must see' movie of the summer.  I dragged my thirteen year old son along, denying him his first choice of the A Team and waited in the gloom to be entranced by cinematic magic.
The plot was complex to a techno-eejit like me, the amount of male eyecandy a welcome surprise...who would have thought the little kid from Third Rock from the Sun would grow up to be such a cool, action hero? 
But the imagery and high octane action was enough to keep my lad and I on the edge of our seats.

Across the networking forums, the same words are being repeated...'I can't wait to see Inception again.'
Well done Chris Nolan for giving us something original, thought provoking and exciting. 

And did the spinning top falll at the end? ???

... you mean you left the auditorium before the credits finished?

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Re: Inception
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2010, 08:15:07 pm »
I hold my hands up to being an Inception fan...I loved this film.  From the first glimpse of the action packed, doomy soundtrack trailers, this was my 'must see' movie of the summer.  I dragged my thirteen year old son along, denying him his first choice of the A Team and waited in the gloom to be entranced by cinematic magic.
The plot was complex to a techno-eejit like me, the amount of male eyecandy a welcome surprise...who would have thought the little kid from Third Rock from the Sun would grow up to be such a cool, action hero? 
But the imagery and high octane action was enough to keep my lad and I on the edge of our seats.

Across the networking forums, the same words are being repeated...'I can't wait to see Inception again.'
Well done Chris Nolan for giving us something original, thought provoking and exciting. 

And did the spinning top falll at the end? ???

Best film I've seen in a very very long time.

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Re: Inception
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2010, 09:18:05 pm »
I thought it was excellent, an intelligent, mind-grabbing piece of SF. And it doesn't matter if the top falls or not at the end. What matters is that DiCaprio's character resigns himself to not knowing.

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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2010, 03:47:21 pm »
Just in time for Xmas...
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Limited edition, complete with a spinning top!

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Re: Inception
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2010, 08:18:52 am »
I thought it was excellent, an intelligent, mind-grabbing piece of SF. And it doesn't matter if the top falls or not at the end. What matters is that DiCaprio's character resigns himself to not knowing.

Extremely good point. One of the delights of the film was Nolan's judgment. That top looked to be about to fall at almost the precise second where you thought it might but you just couldn't be certain. Nolan left you with a mass of emotions which said it was going to fall but didn't actually let it fall.

This might be a bit pedantic but I'm not sure 'resigns' is exactly the right word as it implies a certain amount of passivity in DiCaprios character. I couldn't judge on one one viewing whether he had accepted the inevitable failure of reasoning, thrown himself into a potential dream world with gusto or simply walked in not knowing of the contradiction. (I'm only saying I'm not sure its the right word. It might well be.)

I think this is the first time I have seen the concepts made famous by P.K. Dick actualised with such verve and brilliance.

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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2010, 02:40:54 pm »
..first time I have seen the concepts made famous by P.K. Dick actualised with such verve and brilliance.

Nah... there's Blade Runner, the pure urban-surveillance/ identity-loss weirdness of A Scanner Darkly, and there's even a clever phildickian dialogue sequence in Total Recall!
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Re: Inception
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2010, 10:23:38 pm »
..first time I have seen the concepts made famous by P.K. Dick actualised with such verve and brilliance.

Nah... there's Blade Runner, the pure urban-surveillance/ identity-loss weirdness of A Scanner Darkly, and there's even a clever phildickian dialogue sequence in Total Recall!
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I've never seen a Scanner Darkly but I do love the other two. I'd pick you up on my point 'verve and brilliance' on the other two. While Bladerunner was a fantastic film it totally contradicted Dick's basic premise that an android was a predator and humans were sheep - empathetic beings - and instead went for the standard and cheap 'androids are just like human's' approach so it failed to realize Dick's intent. Total Recall was closer to his conception of alternate realities but was marred by being a bit of a gung ho thriller (still loved it). I'd still say Inception was the first film to take the Dick realties within realities to a new high.

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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2010, 07:07:55 pm »
..first time I have seen the concepts made famous by P.K. Dick actualised with such verve and brilliance.

Nah... there's Blade Runner, the pure urban-surveillance/ identity-loss weirdness of A Scanner Darkly, and there's even a clever phildickian dialogue sequence in Total Recall!
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I've never seen a Scanner Darkly but I do love the other two. I'd pick you up on my point 'verve and brilliance' on the other two. While Bladerunner was a fantastic film it totally contradicted Dick's basic premise that an android was a predator and humans were sheep - empathetic beings - and instead went for the standard and cheap 'androids are just like human's' approach so it failed to realize Dick's intent. Total Recall was closer to his conception of alternate realities but was marred by being a bit of a gung ho thriller (still loved it). I'd still say Inception was the first film to take the Dick realties within realities to a new high.

Linklater's version of A Scanner Darkly is the closest yet to a "true" Dick adaptation; the rotoscoping technique adds to the whole atmosphere of the story.

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Re: Inception
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2010, 11:35:18 pm »
..first time I have seen the concepts made famous by P.K. Dick actualised with such verve and brilliance.

Nah... there's Blade Runner, the pure urban-surveillance/ identity-loss weirdness of A Scanner Darkly, and there's even a clever phildickian dialogue sequence in Total Recall!
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I've had it in my hands at the video shop but just held back. I'll make it my next film
I've never seen a Scanner Darkly but I do love the other two. I'd pick you up on my point 'verve and brilliance' on the other two. While Bladerunner was a fantastic film it totally contradicted Dick's basic premise that an android was a predator and humans were sheep - empathetic beings - and instead went for the standard and cheap 'androids are just like human's' approach so it failed to realize Dick's intent. Total Recall was closer to his conception of alternate realities but was marred by being a bit of a gung ho thriller (still loved it). I'd still say Inception was the first film to take the Dick realties within realities to a new high.

Linklater's version of A Scanner Darkly is the closest yet to a "true" Dick adaptation; the rotoscoping technique adds to the whole atmosphere of the story.

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Re: Inception
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2011, 12:52:52 pm »
Inception is a masterpiece of plot embedding, the cinematography excellent, special effects top-notch. A friend of mine saw it, thought it was dreadful and confusing. I guess some people have limited attention spans. I was hooked throughout and would like to have a copy in one of those funky little cases ;)

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« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2011, 01:27:47 am »
Written, directed and produced by the brilliant Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), this was one of the films of 2010 most eagerly awaited by SF fans.

It is set in the near future in a world the same as ours except that a combination of drugs and technology permits people to invade the dreams of others, imposing their own dream structures (designed by specialist "architects") in order to obtain secrets and even influence their target's subsequent actions (a process known as "inception"). The principal character, Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an expert at this, and is hired by a powerful industrial organisation to influence the heir to a rival energy corporation (Cillian Murphy) to break up the corporation on the imminent death of his father. Cobb assembles a team who succeed in drugging the heir on a long flight and proceed to take him on a dream journey, steadily downwards through dreams within dreams, each with its own distinct setting, until facing him with a modified recreation of his father's deathbed scene. During this process, Cobb is hounded by guilty memories of his wife (Marion Cotillard), who committed suicide as a result of his manipulations, and who appears in the dreams constantly trying to frustrate his actions.

This is an intelligent, convincing and exciting thriller which held my attention throughout, but it certainly requires concentration to keep up with the fast-moving events as the story keeps flipping between dream levels. I understand that a lot of viewers found it baffling, but as I was aware of the general plot in advance I had no problem in following it. However, there were some details I was uncertain about or unaware of, and I found the Wiki plot summary (which I read after seeing the film) useful in tidying up some loose ends.

I rarely watch films more than once, but if I've enjoyed one enough to want to see it again, I like to leave at least a couple of years between viewings so that the details have faded from my memory. However, Inception is one of those rare films that I immediately knew I would want to watch again before long, in order to obtain even more enjoyment through a deeper understanding the next time around.

Christopher Nolan has done it again - the man seems unable to make anything but excellent films. What I like most about his work is that it is exciting but also highly original and intelligent - a league above the usual by-the-numbers, predictable and sometimes downright moronic level of Hollywood action movies.

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Re: Inception
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2011, 03:34:21 pm »
I "watched" Inception Friday night but fell asleep for about an hour and thus the ending made little sense. I blame it on too much wine and being overly tired to remain awake. Not sure if my snoring disturbed the viewing for those who did remain awake.


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Re: Inception
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2011, 08:01:44 pm »
Just watched it. It was an interesting, complex film. I wouldn't rave about it, but I did enjoy it and even though I guessed he would set the top spinning at the end, it still worked well when it started to wobble and then - cut!
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