I finally saw Inception!!
I know, how 2010 am I?
When friend and one time guest blogger Josh found out that I had got my hands on a copy of Inception on DVD it was instantly reserved for our not-so-regular group movie night.
I’m a bit late to jump on the “it’s amazing” band wagon, but I will say that I thought it was a triumph of visual effects and cinematography. It takes the early ideas of bullet time and wire work, mixed in with super slow-mo HD filming to give a stunning experience that I think rivals Avatar for sensory impact. I remember seeing a trailer for it, probably about a year ago, and thinking, “this one’s going to be good.” It was.
As for the plot? Movies with open endings normally send me into a rage (Don’t get me started on The Ninth Gate or Matrix Revs). However, in this case it was in perfect keeping with the movie. I’m not sure I’ve decided how I think the film ended, but in a way I don’t think Nolan actually wants us to, it’s more about getting us to ask the questions and think about whether it would be better to live in a dream if the real world could never be what you wanted it to be.
Inception is basically the answer to the question “What happens if you cross The Matrix with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and it’s a good answer. All the performances are strong, particularly good old Leo, who is going from strength to strength as he breaks out of that pretty boy shell. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him hold a gun in a move before, and I wasn’t sure he’d suit it, but he seemed to carry it off pretty well.
It’s interesting the number of films about alternate realities and the subconscious there have been in recent years. Alongside The Matrix trilogy and Eternal Sunshine, we’ve had Avatar, Surrogates, Gamer, A Scanner Darkly… and countless others I can’t quite put my finger on right now. It’s clearly a popular topic, probably because its one of the last areas of Science that we really haven’t got much understanding of.
Anyway, not that you need me to tell you, but Inception is a fantastic movie that deserves the hype it’s been given. It is a bit of a mental workout, but not so much that you get lost 20 minutes in like you can with some Psych-thriller style movies. It’s also great fun for me to spot my university cropping up in the occasional scene.
I’m sure the DVD doesn’t quite compare to the full cinematic experience, but it translates pretty well. It’s bound to sweep the boards in awards season.