Friday, July 16, 2010

Inception Review: I hate this word, but RIVETING!

Riveting.  I hate when critics over-use that word.  But it is the only word that I can think of that sums up my Inception-viewing experience.  I was completely riveted for at least 99% of the time.  The 1% was mostly just when I took an opportunity to look around and see if my friends were as completely sucked in as I was.

I honestly think that this movie could potentially cause mental issues in some people.  My brain is really tired.  On the way home just now, I stopped to fill up my gas tank, and I was struggling a bit.  This movie really does require that you stick with it though.  I could easily see some people quitting on it, and hating it.  You really need to keep your brain engaged, and, well, I felt that I was rewarded.

Ok, so I'm sure many of you have seen clips of the scene with Ellen Page and Leonardo DiCaprios' characters exploring a dream, and all sorts of things like the fruit stand start exploding... about half way through that scene, I knew I was going to love this movie.  My mouth was hanging open.  (This was one of those 1% moments when I remembered that I was watching a movie.)  The special effects were really fun.  I wondered, when I watched the trailer if I would feel like I was actually in a dream-state, or if they would capture that feeling anyway.  My dreams are a little-too random for anyone to really capture on screen.  But, that didn't matter.  The fact is that they really did make me feel like I was in someone's dream.  There were actually quality action scenes, too.

The acting was great.  Leonardo DiCaprio is just a darn good actor.  I tend to believe him as every character he plays.  At least since (and including) Catch Me If You Can, anyway.  Ellen Page didn't need to act too much, but I think she fit the cast really well.  The others were all great.  No one struck me as not fitting their character, or having distracting lack of acting skill.

I was hooked by this movie after about 10 minutes, I loved everything in the middle, and I loved the ending.  I don't think this movie is for everyone, especially people who hate "thinking" movies.  This one's a clear thinker.  If you can handle a good think, go see it.  Make sure to see it in the theater, to do justice to the awesome special effects, too.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I give it a 10 out of 10.  It definitely did not disappoint me.

Sole critical negative of the most minuscule persuasion:  They missed the opportunity to play "Take a Picture" by Filter during the credits.  I think it would have fit just right.


  1. You've totally sold me on it. I'm glad it has lived up to the hype! And thanks for the review- seriously.

  2. I felt like I was listening to "Ricks and Roeper," you know, since Ebert's departure.