Inception

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  • Summary: Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world ofDom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. This summer, your mind is the scene of the crime. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 42
  2. Negative: 3 out of 42
  1. 100
    This is a deeply felt work of art in the form of a big, brassy movie-movie.
  2. 100
    Inception does a difficult thing. It is wholly original, cut from new cloth, and yet structured with action movie basics so it feels like it makes more sense than (quite possibly) it does.
  3. 100
    In terms of sheer originality, ambition and achievement, Inception is the movie of the summer, the movie of the year and the movie of our dreams.
  4. As engrossing and logic-resistant as the state of dreaming it seeks to replicate, Christopher Nolan's audacious new creation demands further study to fully absorb the multiple, simultaneous stories Nolan finagles into one narrative experience.
  5. 75
    One of the best things about Nolan as a director is that he’s not self-conscious. His movies unfold and fold in on themselves without the strain of labor or flash. But that lack of self-consciousness is also Nolan’s downside.
  6. Stymied by a clunking script, crammed with expository exchanges and urgent blather.
  7. 25
    I'd like to tell you just how bad Inception really is, but since it is barely even remotely lucid, no sane description is possible.

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  1. RedzuanM.
    Jul 16, 2010
    10
    What makes Inception so special is that it's not your typical straight forward summer blockbuster. Nolan gives you bits and pieces of What makes Inception so special is that it's not your typical straight forward summer blockbuster. Nolan gives you bits and pieces of information, and as the movie plays out the viewer begins to put the pieces together and the picture gradually becomes clearer. Chris Nolan doesn't dumb down the movie for the audience like most Hollywood movies do these days, he expects us to keep up with him. And when we do, the reward is extremely gratifying. And the visuals were amazing. Expand
  2. Sep 12, 2010
    10
    This movie is fantastic. It's amusing to see how many of the negative reviews complain about confusing plots, too little action, too muchThis movie is fantastic. It's amusing to see how many of the negative reviews complain about confusing plots, too little action, too much action, or... amazingly... all three. For me, this movie stands out as one that makes you think; not necessarily in order to unravel the plot, which (despite some complaints) is simple enough, but about reality versus perception.

    The score, acting, and story were all fantastic, but for me what makes this film special is that I'm still thinking about it.

    Also... Ken Watanabe is the man.
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  3. FrankL
    Jul 16, 2010
    10
    Best movie this year so far. Definitely a thinking person's movie.
  4. Apr 7, 2013
    10
    Thought you understood this movie? You're wrongs....
    Watch this: http://youtu.be/ginQNMiRu2w
  5. Dec 26, 2010
    9
    This film didn't take me by surprise by how awesome it was. When I first saw the trailer for it I knew it would be another great Nolan film.This film didn't take me by surprise by how awesome it was. When I first saw the trailer for it I knew it would be another great Nolan film. Absolutely, 100% original, the most original film of the year, maybe the decade (yeah, I'll say it). As far as acting and performance value, no one steals the show, but every character is at least a bit intriguing. Incredible visuals and score. The intensity and edge of your seat suspense doesn't end for an entire hour of the film. The screenplay is wonderful. At times, it moves a bit too fast, but with an idea this complex it kind of had to move fast. Astounding direction from Christopher Nolan. As far as entertainment goes, if they can give us better than this, I would love to see it. Expand
  6. Mar 7, 2011
    8
    Nolan's brainchild is the most original one-off we are likely to see in a long while; perfect in it's pin-point and unnerving defiance toNolan's brainchild is the most original one-off we are likely to see in a long while; perfect in it's pin-point and unnerving defiance to pander to everyone's needs. As one door closes, another opens filled with mysteries for us to obsess about. This is a well-executed and obsessed over piece of work from a modern wizard of film. It often falls somewhere between the hyper-aware and unpredictable 'Vanilla Sky' and an excellent modern action/thriller with some great stoic appearances from Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy; their strong, yet under-developed characters fitting brilliantly within a half-remembered dream. Expand
  7. JerryH.
    Jul 22, 2010
    0
    What a waste of time and money. I never had the suspension of disbelief required to be part of or absorbed by a movie. The whole time I What a waste of time and money. I never had the suspension of disbelief required to be part of or absorbed by a movie. The whole time I thought, "what a load of crap". It makes The Matrix look simple, linear and sane by comparison. Don't waste your time and money on this movie, even on DVD. I liked the Dark Knight and enjoy Leo iin most of his movies. Big flop. Expand

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