Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Inception (2010)

"Your mind is the scene of the crime."

- Inception

I was so excited to see this film, I caught it on the first day during an early show. As many who read this blog know, I've been waiting to see this movie for months. I'm glad I did - it definitely was worth the wait.

(Note: Before I go any further, I'd like to say that I'm going to be as abstract with this review as possible. For those who read my reviews, you know I do not like to go into too much detail as I don't want to ruin the film for you - I tend to focus more on the concepts and ideas rather than the description of the movie itself. As a moviegoer, I believe there should be somewhat of an element of mystery when going to view and watch movies).

I must say, Christopher Nolan (who directed the film) brilliantly portrayed this piece as a real mystery. Though, it was more than your typical mystery because the mystery had a twist. And, the twist was brilliantly hidden in pieces inside the mind.

What's even more astounding is the take in the film on the mind and our perceptions. We each perceive things in a different way, remember things we want to remember yet block out those things we don't want to remember. And, then that which we do remember becomes our reality - a reality with a twist.

Though this reality is simply an illusion, one which we want to remember and only causes us to see one side of the story. Yet, we know there are always two sides of the story. The side we want to see. And, the truth.

And, this brings us to the main character - Dominic Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), a man who chooses to remember what he wants to remember. And, in turn blocks out the things he does not want to remember. In essence, his reality becomes that which he chooses to remember - that which he chooses to see. And, that is what I refer to as "reality with a twist."

Without going into too much detail into the plot (as I feel telling the plot may ruin it for you), I will say this film is very much like this one - it deals with the same concept, the mind.

And, it goes on to show the power of the mind and it's ability to manipulate reality and in turn, manipulate the truth. The reality of what one believes then becomes the truth to that individual simply by believing.

So, the core of this movie really boils down to belief. And, it shows how powerful belief can be - it can hurt us and it can also set us free.

Depending on what our beliefs are, there is an element of reality that causes us to believe the things we believe. But, do our beliefs only exist in our mind? Or, is there a separate reality apart from us? What is real? And, what is in our mind?

Sometimes we can take what is in our mind too far. This movie depicts how the lines of fantasy and reality can start to cross and blur the distinction - it causes our fantasies to become our reality. And, when this happens - it can be dangerous and lead to destruction.

(Note: For those of you who saw the film, you'll know what I'm talking about here. It's very interesting how the lines of fantasy and reality were depicted in the movie. At times, it was almost as if the fantasy was the reality. But, we were only led to believe and see the fantasy, not the reality as we were not exposed to all sides of the story at times).

Since I'm a big fan of psychological thrillers and enjoy films that have to do with the mind and the perception of the mind, I can honestly say this movie was definitely worth it. I really liked how the story was told in pieces, we were given only bits of the puzzle as the movie progressed. And, at the end - all the pieces fit together. Or, so it seems. And, the ending is what makes this film so brilliant.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. This is one film that I'm going to see again. And, maybe a few more times. It's definitely a movie that intrigues me - one that I can watch over again for years to come.

If you're in the mood for a psychological thriller type film, I highly recommend this one.

Film Gurl's 15 Minute Rule: PASS

Happy movie watching!

(Note: For those of you who saw the film, I really liked how it ended. It really gave the audience a reason to think about the movie afterwards. I can honestly say, the way the movie ended definitely made me want to watch it over again - it was that powerful).

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Dan said...

Excellent review. Christopher Nolan is a director who has yet to disappoint me. I haven't seen Inception yet but I'm eagerly looking forward to it.

Candice Frederick said...

nice review! this movie truly makes you think. and once you're done analyzing, you've dug yourself into a deeper hole.

Film Gurl said...

(Dan) Thanks, glad you enjoyed the review!

(Candice) I agree, I definitely want to see it again. It should be interesting to see it on a second view, I may get something new out of it. It's definitely one of those films I can see over and over again, glad you liked the review and thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!