Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Ken Recommends: Inception

Release: 16/07/10
Running Time: 148 mins.
Studio: Syncopy (in association with Legendary Pictures)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: 12+
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page and Ken Watanabe.

Inception. This is a hard one to review without giving away many details as once again writer/director Christoper Nolan has created an excellent blockbuster movie that breaksaway and stands out from the rest.

The basic concept of Inception is that people's dreams can be places of imaginable potential but also a place where people can be at their weakest. Enter a group of people who enter dreams to steal information for whom ever has employed them. With it's tricky conpect to pull of as a summer blockbuster Nolan does a great job of this creating amazing scenes and tense moments for viewers to enjoy, if you liked last seasons's Shutter Island you'll more than probably like Inception. Unfortunaelty I could talk more about this movie's plot but it'll ruin it for you, part of the enjoyment of this film is watching the plot unfold like a piece of origami.

The writing is on a top quality level which if it hadn't could have made the whole concept seem ridiculous, the characters all seem thought out but do fall into character achetypes which makes them fairly interchangable but none the less convincing achetypes. The music fits the mood of the film and helps it flow adding more tension where needed leading to edge of your seat moments.

What really carrys this movie though is DiCaprio, since his role in "The Departed" it seems this once teen heart throbe has cast off that identity and emerged a hard boiled and engaging actor but it's also good to see that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has found a great pair of acting chops considering his roots in TV (Tommy in 3rd Rock From The Sun).

Overall this is a great film and definetly worth atleast one watch unfortunately it does run around 2 and a half hours long, suffering from the same problems as both Nolan's previous blockbusters; Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. You may find yourself just 10 minuetes from the end thinking "come on, wrap up already". When you include cinema ads you'll have been sat down for 3 hours once you come out so I suggest arriving 5-10 mins after the start time to help soften this blow.

An excellent action/thriller for the summer with a good strong cast and concept, try catch this one whilst it's still on the big screen.

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