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Movie Review: Inception

Where do I begin.  I loved this movie.  Sure it wasn’t perfect, but it was so good in so many ways that pointing out shortcomings seems like nit-picking.  Do you like action?  See Inception.  Do you like love stories?  See Inception.  Do you like suspense?  See Inception.  If you can’t afford it, I would suggest skipping you’re next meal to pay for a ticket.  You don’t even need to go with someone.

A better tagline would be Inception: It's a fucking good movie.

Inception’s premise is pretty apparent to anyone who’s seen the previews.  In the world of Inception, technology allows people who are connected to a mysterious machine to enter the dreams of others.  An architect is required to build the dream world, and the person having the dream is able to project his or her thoughts in the forms of people in the dream world.  Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb, a professional idea-thief that enters the dreams of clients and steals their ideas.  Some minds have been trained to defend their dreams against invaders, and their projections become hostile and equipped with weaponry.

The movie gets going when the head of an Asian corporation convinces Cobb (DiCaprio) to enter the mind of the heir to the corporation that he competes with and plant the idea that he should break up the empire his father created.  As far as plot goes, I’m not going to give any more away, but lets just say it REALLY picks up from there.

The visuals are top-notch.  This is one of the few movies that spent a good portion of its money on visuals and still managed to get me to walk out of the theater without being pissed at the acting, plot, and virtually everything else (see my review of 2012 or go watch The Last Airbender).  Chris Nolan really captures the essence of dreams in screen form.  Scenes change quickly and are slightly broken, but it only adds to the feeling of being in a dream.  The plot is layered, and the characters (especially Cobb and Ariadne) actually pull you in and make you feel invested in their fates.

And the action.  It’s like seeing Avatar in 3D, except its not in 3D, and its STILL awesome.  One section that is absolutely mind-blowing is a scene in which the characters bodies tip in the real world, and the dream world begins to tilt.  I’ll be honest, I missed my mouth with the popcorn.  It was amazing, give me a break.

Let me break it down for you.  The visuals are some of the best of the year.  The acting is some of the best of the year.  The plot is THE best of the year.  The characters are original.  The action will blow you away.  And it’s not as if you only see one of those things at a time, it maintains every aspect of its greatness throughout the entire movie, and best of all keeps you on your toes.  The only reason I would suggest anyone not see this movie is if you can’t pay attention and you don’t like action.  Luckily the people who can’t pay attention are the same as the people who have their hands in their pants during the action scenes.  So go see it.  Or I’ll enter your dream and steal that thing you don’t want anyone to know about.  You know what I’m talking about…

I give it 9 out of 10.  I would have given it 10 out of 10 but it didn’t make me a cake.