The most un-dreamlike film about dreams I've seen. For something truly oneiric, try 'The Hourglass Sanatorium' or 'Mulholland Drive'. This is just silly stuff, turned up to 11. I liked Nolan's first, low-budget film, 'Following', but since then he has developed a bad case of The Bigs. At this point, it seems to be terminal.
I genuinely enjoyed reading the Mubi reviews more than watching the film. For me, it's nothing really special. I remember being rather disappointed that it was just a very pretty action film with set pieces, rather the labyrinthine story I'd heard so much about. Some reviewers wonder how Nolan could come up with such an idea.... Well, better, films. Like some have suggested. Paprika and Primer maybe.
what are dreams and what is the architecture of dreams? in one scene, Dom asks Ariadne to make a maze one can't solve in a minute. she fails the first time, making one too linear. her second is abstract. Inception is the first type; it is labyrinthine, perhaps, but too constrained by logic, by rules. Nolan is ultimately an architect and not a dreamer. he can make stable forms but not otherworldly ones.
A great idea/concept. Amazing visuals. Not much of an interesting story and main character. He shows no emotional struggle, simply tells the audience the issue/problem. I couldn't feel the tension. Left me disappointed that such a hyped up film & one with a great concept didn't amaze me.
This is a thinking man's film. It references psychoanalysis, physics, principles of art, postmodern philosophy and god knows what else. Its ambitious in scope and in the technicalities of film making. I don't know who Nolan's editor is but he or she should win an award for this one. In hands less adept this could've turned out to be a first class disaster. Watch this Film. The soundtrack was amazing also.
Artistically, it's probably the most ambitious blockbuster to date. It offers complexity of Charlie Kaufman and the action in a manner of most spectacular grand-scale Hollywood entertainment - with sharp, fashionable aesthetics and the sound that left blueprint for future of commercial film. Still, beneath the complexity and the action lies a message of humanism and vulnerability that overshadows the entire spectacle
The creativity of the subconscious mind has always fascinated us. Inception, a product of conscious minds, challenges us to tell dream from reality but boils down to 3-4 deeply conventional heist/action sequences, each "A dream within a dream" (Poe’s surf-tormented shore is here too). The film is at its best when dreams blur but its human heart is borrowed from Solaris. A missed $160M opportunity to be truly creative