Abzee’s review of INCEPTION

Due to the word limit of the print edition it appeared in, my review doesn’t really do justice to this rich and layered film. I will try and write a better, longer piece…but until then, this review which appeared in Sakaal Times should suffice.

What dreams are made of 

Inception
Dir- Christopher Nolan
Cast- Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Marion Cotillard
Rating- *****

When The Matrix had released, the film’s tagline was oft quoted by those who saw it- “no one can be told what The Matrix is; you have to see it for yourself!” A slew of mind-bending films followed…most aiming for instant notoriety by way of twist-endings, but none were able to perfect an absolute novel experience. Christopher Nolan’s Inception, his cerebral follow-up to the money-spinning Batman sequel The Dark Knight, is a film that matches & betters The Matrix experience, for it does have an open-ending that will be doubtlessly debated, but its beyond description journey to the end is more significant than the actual finish. In fact, one never knows if the film really finishes!   

Inception means planting an idea in someone’s head. In a not-so-distant future, where certain drugs are capable of putting people in an induced state of dream, there exist hackers of a different kind. Called Extractors, these can get into the deepest recesses of a person’s subconscious and steal ideas. In the world of tomorrow, an idea is the most prized commodity. In the world of films where remakes, rehashes and sequels rule the roost, an original idea is an invaluable entity even today. So you know how priceless this concept in itself is.

Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an expert Extractor. Hired by his corporate clients to steal ideas, he is employed by Saito (Ken Watanabe) to implant an idea instead. To put an idea into someone’s head and have them believe that it came to them naturally is infinitely more difficult than simply stealing an idea. And so, Cobb assembles a team of the best that there is to pull this off… a team which also has a young college student Ariadne (Ellen Page) to construct dreamscapes, a specialty that Cobb has given up after the puzzling death of his wife Mal (Marion Cotillard). Saying anything more would be saying too much, and yet saying nothing at all… liberating this critic from having to summarize the story.

As with all of Nolan’s previous films, Inception is primarily a fantastic and elaborate psychological study. It is a summa of the concerns that Nolan’s earlier films addressed- retribution, denial, regret and complex morality. Inception goes a step further, it broods over nostalgia and accompanying mourning… stating eventually that we cannot and must not inhabit a world recreated from our memories, but instead move on.   

“Always imagine new places”, advises Cobb to Ariadne. Nolan’s been consistently doing that, all the while establishing his own signature. The concept of implanting an idea and making the subject ‘buy’ the dreamscape is similar to the nature of filmmaking and propaganda! Nolan knows this; which is why he furnishes this intelligent film with dazzling special effects as well, giving Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the process the best moment of his career- an outstanding action-sequence set in suspended gravity.

With its dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream structure, things can get difficult to follow, but when was the last time a film made you bring your brains along?

- Abhishek Bandekar

16/07/10

16 Comments

  1. rooney
    rooney
    July 17, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    abzee.. surely this is injustice.. waiting for ur longer piece..

    (ps- havent read watching it tonite… was awaiting this one along satyams, gf and q bhais..)

  2. Gorilla
    Gorilla
    July 18, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    ‘Christopher Nolan’s Inception, his cerebral follow-up to the money-spinning Batman sequel The Dark Knight, is a film that matches & betters The Matrix experience, for it does have an open-ending that will be doubtlessly debated, but its beyond description journey to the end is more significant than the actual finish. In fact, one never knows if the film really finishes! ‘

    wow and 5 stars. Thanks abzee…..Inception main aa rahan hoon.

  3. Som
    Som
    July 18, 2010 at 4:32 AM

    Superb ! Can’t wait. Would like to see your longer piece, Abzee. :)

  4. rooney
    rooney
    July 18, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    just came back from movie-

    UNBELEIVABLE
    AND
    SPEECHLESS

    in abzees words i dont see inception.. u experience it..i did.. and was blown away.

    (i dont think i can say anything, m still a bit in a state.. of.. dream?? ;-) )

  5. Doga
    Doga
    July 18, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Yeah Just came back from Inception, it is indeed awesome movie.

  6. Ali
    Ali
    July 18, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Me too, Just came back after watching ‘Inception’.
    This Movie is Just Simply ‘MIND BLOWING’ AND ‘MIND BOGGLING’.
    You have to Experience this Wonderful thing Called ‘INCEPTION’.
    For me it’s 10/10.

  7. Ali
    Ali
    July 18, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Actually I was waiting for ABZEE Bhai’s review for ‘Inception’.
    And Immediately after Reading the Review of Abzee Bhai and 5 Stars, I decided to watch it and just came back after watching it in INOX Lucknow with my Friend.
    And both, me and my friend were just Speechless after watching the Movie.
    This Movie reminded me about ‘The Matrix’ as Abzee Bhai also mentioned.
    Actually, 11 Years Back When I first saw ‘The Matrix’ , When I was Engg. Student, I was Blown Away by the Movie and I have to confess that it took me 3 times watch to Understand the Concept of ‘The Matrix’ at that time in 99.
    Now, as Far ‘Inception’ is concerned, I got it completely, but I want more of it.
    So, I will watch it one more time.
    This Time to Enjoy it More.
    Abzee Bhai is right, You can not Explain Movies like ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Inception’.
    One has to watch it to Experience that ‘Wonderful World’.
    ‘Inception’ is Truly ‘Out of This World Experience’.
    A Must Must Watch for Every Cine Goer.

  8. Ali
    Ali
    July 18, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Abzee Bhai, Plz write a detailed Revirew of ‘Inception’.
    Rooney Bro, I’m Agree with you that whether i’m in real world or Dreaming.
    Wow, what a Wonderful Concept it is.
    Dream Inside Dream and Again Dream Inside that Dream..
    Total three Level of Dream were Actually Planned but they go even into Fourth Level of Dream.
    This Concept was just Mind Blowing.
    Actually still i’m SPEECHLESS.
    My best Choices for Hollywood Movies are-
    1- A Beautiful Mind.
    2- The Matrix Triology.
    3- Inception
    4- Avatar
    5- A Good Year

  9. Doga
    Doga
    July 18, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Since weekend estimate is 60+ million, that means movie will trend very well.

  10. KM
    KM
    July 18, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    watched this movie last night.

    for the 1st hour you were over-awed by the idea etc

    However this movie drags a bit AND there’s so many ‘layers’ that u begin to lose track of what the fuck is happening — or u just cant be bothered because its too complex. this is a sort of movie which tried to be too clever and needs the viewer needs to have his brain switched on throughout the movie for 2hrs+. But its too slow and not engaging enough to allow the viewer to do so thereby making the viewer restless.

    I love intelligent movies and most of Nolan’s movies but this is nowhere near Dark Knight (fantastic imo) nor was it as good as Momento

    I like Leo …i think he’s a fantastic actor..have liked him since Titanic. He was excellent in Catch me if you can, Blood Diamonds & Departed because his roles were brilliant d they suited him and the scripts were fantastic. However in my personal opinion i just think he puts too much faith in the vision of the director – Gangs of New york/Shutter Island and now Inception. He tried hard in all these movies but the script has to be good and that is an art only a few can master.

  11. rooney
    rooney
    July 18, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    @alibhai.. cool nice to hear ur thoughts..

    btw i will be cathing this again.. and now gonna tell u a strange thing- (only for u alibhai.. and nothing agenda in it.. jus a latest opinion.. ofcourse i totally felt counter to it..)

    my mom saw- MNIK.. ON tv.

    she said-

    1. srk was ok. thik thak tha.
    2. BUT KAJOL.. shes a great actress, wonderful performance, lovely role.. she brought energy.. and life into da movie.

    interesting, i have seen it in more people (females) that they loved kajol more than srk. (ITS A MINORITY GROUP, BUT THIS GROUP PREFERS KAJOL AS A GREAT ACTRESS. AND THAT SHOWS HOW KAJOL HAD IMPACTED TO THEM.)

  12. Ali
    Ali
    July 18, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Rooney Bro,Thanks for Sharing ur thoughts with me.Yeah, its true that still Kajol has a large Fan Base, Consisting of mostly Ladies.They can Identify and Corelate themselvs with Kajol very easily.And yes, for sure, Kajol has a large Impact on Female Audience/Spectators Mind.

  13. Ali
    Ali
    July 19, 2010 at 1:18 AM

    KM,
    With due Respect to all your views,
    I want to suggest that you should watch it one more Time, then you will Enjoy it more.
    Even I’m going to watch it again one more time .
    And I hope that Rooney dear and Akshay will also watch it again .

    P.S : KM, Actually, This Movie is in the Genre of Matrix Triology.
    So, we can not compare ‘Inception’ with Nolan’s Previous Movies including TDK.
    If you want to compare it, then Compare it with Matrix Triology, then only you can co-relate with ‘Inception’.

  14. KM
    KM
    July 19, 2010 at 7:58 AM

    Ali bhai

    i agree this is more of a MAtrix inspired movie……i only liked the 1st part of Matrix …the other 2 were shit. ;)

    i dnt really have the time and the willpower to watch Inception again…but maybe one day i’l catch it when its on TV one night ;)

  15. Ali
    Ali
    July 19, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    KM, Dude,
    As far ‘The Matrix’ trilogy is Concerned,
    The first one, i.e ‘The Matrix’ was Truly ‘Out of This World’ Experience.
    Also the second one, i.e ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ was also Outstanding Movie.
    If you have some spare time then try to watch the second one.

    P.S : I’m Sure, whenever you will watch ‘Inception’ second time, you will enjoy it more than first time.
    यह उन कुछ चुनिन्दा movies में से है जिनका एक जादुई तिलिस्म होता है और जितनी बार आप उन Movies को देखते हैं, आप उतना ज़्यादा एन्जॉय करते हैं.

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