Archive for July, 2010
What do I need to know?: The only thing you need to know is that Dom Cobb (Leonardo Dicaprio), a dream extractor is hired by Saito (Ken Watanabe) to implant an idea on Robert Fischer Jr. (Cillian Murphy) to break his father’s empire with the help of Ariadne (Ellen Page), Arthur (Joseph-Gordon Levitt), Eames (Tom Hardy), and Yusuf (Dileep Rao). The problem is that Dom can’t get over Mal’s (Marion Cotillard) death and it affects his subconscious. You are better off not knowing anything because in the first hour, everything gets explained. I won’t give any more details here. Last thing you need to know. LISTENING to the dialogue is important to understand the pace. Tune out even for a little bit….you are going to get screwed.
“This movie is a bite off of The Matrix Brah”: IIRC, there are no Agent Smiths, Sentinels, and “The Chosen One”. You should watch it too. The Matrix may have been one of many movies involving “reality” that Christopher Nolan was inspired by but calling it a bite off is laughable at best. Inspiration is just a stepping stone towards one’s work to find their own original story. No one spends 8-10 years writing and rewriting and revising a script only to find out that it isn’t original. DiCaprio compares this more of the movie 8 1/2 rather than The Matrix.
Would I recommend this to a friend?: If your friend likes to be intellectually stimulated, then yes, this movie is for them. However, if they have been watching and enjoying mindless dribble drabble, I would recommend them to watch The Prestige and Memento before watching Inception. Why these two movies? Well, first off, they are directed by Christopher Nolan. Second, these two movies will prepare what would you expect the flow of plot structure to be in but expect them to be together with a much bigger scale. You see the progression from one dream world to the next but also the past (mainly for Cobb).
Bathroom Breaks?: Do your business before the movie starts. You shouldn’t miss a single second. Ever.
Do I need to watch this more than once?: “Building a dream from your memory is the easiest way to lose your grasp on what’s real and what is a dream.” After reading other people’s analysis on the movie, personally for me, I would need to watch this more than once. Some might consider this movie “pretentious” because they have to view this more than once to get it however, taste is subjective. The ambiguous ending is open for a lot of interpretation. If you have been watching mindless dribble drabble over a couple of years and actually enjoy it, this movie will hurt your brain (in a good way). Kinda like eating chocolate cake everyday then saying “I’m going to work out now!” so it’s understandable that some critics would give a rotten tomato. Maybe they didn’t get the memo that none of the cast understood it the first time either. Just saying.
Salt Shakers: 5 out of 5
Why that many Salt Shakers?: Hollywood has been churning out remakes/sequels and not that many intellectually stimulating movies. It’s refreshing to see a movie that involves discussion and debate based on the viewer’s interpretation. Whoever pitched the idea that there needs to be a sequel of this…NO. We don’t need a sequel. We need more original scripts (even if it does take longer to write.)