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Updated on December 25, 2012

What if your reality wasn't real?

Have you ever been in a dream so real that it was barely distinguishable from reality? How do you know your not in a dream right now? After all, a dream can sometimes become so real, that even our own sub conscious wouldn't realize it. And if a dream could become so real, then what makes our reality any different than that of the dream worlds? It's often said in psychological studies that dreams are gateways deep into a person's mind. Perhaps, the perception of an idea or one's reality is nothing more than as a wise man once said, "A leap of faith." Maybe that's all reality truly is......nothing more than just a leap of faith. Enter into the world of "Inception."

In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job till date, Inception. For years, Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) has specialized in stealing people's most intimate secrets, through dream invasion, for various investors across the globe. However, he faces his biggest challenge yet, when a wealthy investor offers him a job to implant an idea into one of his competitor's minds, to dissolve his company. Something that many of Cobb's colleagues believe is next to impossible, as an idea of true inspiration is almost impossible to forge. If that wasn't enough pressure, as Cobb eloquently says..."An idea is like a'll either grow to destroy him or define him." Thus, is one of the many moral paradox facing the concept of "Inception."

Something that Nolan not only plays upon a lot in this film, he does so very eloquently. Constantly keeping the viewer in suspense, as the story pulls you in with an intriguing concept right from the get go. Then only to be pulled in even more, as the story becomes less about Cobb merely planting an idea into someone's mind, and more into the deep psychological mind of the main protagonist himself. As he's unable to keep his memories of his ex-wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard), out his dreams. Having the memories of her controversial death constantly haunting his mind, as the viewer soon learns the consequences of how a simple idea can grow to destroy a person with inception. Something so small and insignificant...can lead to something to define the individual completely.

If that wasn't perplexing enough, "Inception" goes over various other concepts of a dream world like the passage of time, for instance. In a dream, five minutes can become an entire hour, as time passes by faster in a dream world. Factor in the concept of dreams within a dream world, then time becomes even more compacted. As the film shows that a person can literally live within a dream like state for almost fifty years, and wake up completely young again as not much time will have passed in the real world. However, when your asleep that long and you've lived fifty years within a dream world, can you possibly still accept the real world as reality? How would one handle it if they were to grow old in a dream world, but only to wake up young again? Would it be easy to accept that the last fifty years wasn't real at all? That it was all nothing more than a mere dream? Such moral paradoxes are one of the many explored by "Inception", as it's one of those rare films that grabs your attention and then throw you in for a loop. Constantly keeping the viewer guessing, as even the most avid movie fanatic won't possibly be able to predict that outcome of this film. Needless to say, I think safe to say that Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in two of the year's best films thus far in "Shutter Island" and "Inception."

Not only does Leonardo DiCaprio give another command performance in this film, he does so with a strong sense of conviction like so many seldom actors do within today's modern cinema. Indeed, a performance worthy of a Oscar nomination. Even the rest of the cast was brilliant in their performances as well. Each actor complimenting each other perfectly, as neither out stages the other. With each character proving to play a pivotal role within this amazingly complex yet interesting story.

As for the special effects in this movie, I can't say enough positive things about it. Unlike most CGI effects movies these days, where the special effects usually distract from a mediocre story line. This film uses the effects to enhance an already great and thought provoking story. As the visuals will seem so realistic and so subtle as they happen, it'll literally tickle your imagination and blow your mind.

"Inception" is hands down one of the best films of this year. Featuring an all star cast that mesh perfectly together. Along with such a powerful story that's enhanced by great visuals, you'll have to see it just to believe it. Like Nolan's other films in the past, "Inception" captures the imagination of the audience and draws them into a deep dark world full of mystery and wonders. Some familiar and some new but regardless, you won't forget about this movie after you've seen it. As the film leaves a lasting imprint on your psyche. Definitely, a must see for any true movie fan out there.


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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Yeah, that is a bold claim alright. I don't know if I would go out of my way to say "Inception" is a perfect film, as the concept itself is derived from other movies like "Dreamscape." However, I think what makes "Inception" a vastly superior movie is that it explores the many concepts of a dream more thoroughly than most other movies have; which is why it's arguably better than most sci-fi movies dealing with dream concepts.

      It's kind of a shame that I didn't have my numbering system in place by the time I reviewed this movie, I would've given it a four out four. Oh well. lol.

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      Nickalooch 6 years ago from Columbia, MD

      im so tempted to write a hub on theories of the ending, but been a little busy lately and im going away for a week so maybe after that. But yeah i'd be a bit disapointed if they do a sequel because i feel like it would take away from everything that they accomplished with this one. I don't throw this word around really with anything but i truly believe Inception may have been perfect. That's a bold claim, but i honestly cant think of any film that was this different in recent memory.

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Thanks Nickalooch. I appreciate the kind sentiments, and I agree with you about how it's sad to hear some people say they didn't like how it ended. That and how there's all these rumors about a possible sequel in the works. I don't know about you, but i think one of the main reasons why this movie was so powerful is because nobody is 100 percent sure what happened at the end; which is why I hope they don't make a sequel.

      Anyways, you should definitely write a hub on that, as I'd be rather curious to hear about some of your theories on the ending. Thanks again for stopping again, buddy. :)

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      Nickalooch 6 years ago from Columbia, MD

      I would love,love,love,love,love!!!!!!! to create a hub on theories on the ending to this. i'm very curious what you would have to say to it as well as anyone else.

      Even almost a year later now, i still pop this movie into the bluray just watch pure gold every now and then. I can't talk about this movie enough. The ending was perfect in my eyes to, it just makes me shake my head when i hear that someone didn't like how it ended.

      Good write up tho Steve.

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      Thanks. I'm glad you liked the review, as I found yours to be interesting on it as well. As far as "The Town" goes, I did write a review on it a while back. Here's the the link to it if you want to check it out.

      Anyways, thanks again for stopping by.

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      rkummer 7 years ago

      Great overall review of the film. You captured a lot of the bigger points and made sure to highlight those. Completely agree about Leo - he should have at least received an Oscar nomination. I really enjoy reading your articles!

      P.S. Have you written a review for The Town? If not, are you going to? There might not be enough there for me to do an analysis...I'm pondering it.

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      thanks, that makes two of us then.

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      Download Free Inception Dvdrip 2010 7 years ago

      I really love the concept & storyline of Inception

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      Yeah, I agree with you there. "Inception" truly is one of those rare type of films where if your not paying attention to it completely, then you'll definitely miss part of the story. However, that's why it's so great though, as the story is so engaging that you won't be able to help but like it. Anyways, thanks for stopping by, and commenting. I'm glad you liked the review. :)

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      vandijckske 7 years ago from belgium

      best movie of the year so far i think. Great story,great acting. But if you can't concentrate and feel a little bit sleepy i think its best that you hit pause because when you miss a little bit of the movie ,you can't follow the rest of the movie

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      Thanks paradise. I appreciate you saying that. yeah, "inception" is definitely one of the best films of the year so if you get a chance to see it, then you should. trust me, you'll definitely like it. thanks again for stopping by paradise. :)

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I gotta see this movie (I haven't yet). This review was so terrific and it really sounds like my kind of movie. Complicated, intense, and hovering across that thin line of imagined reality.

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      hmm..i never thought of it that way before. you may have a good point about Leo's performance in "shutter island", as his character from that film was a lot more complex, and the story was more character driven. thus, i can give you that. plus, i didn't even think about hitchcock there for a minute. yeah, i can see how you can compare hithcock and nolan, as their directing styles do sort of mirror each other. good call there bannana boy. thanks. :)

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      JohnE 7 years ago

      Agree with the review; great movie from a great director. But don't you think Leo's performance in 'Shutter Island,' playing Teddy Daniel's subtleties and layers of complexities was more demanding than that of Dom Cobb here (not to say either performance was bad)? In many ways, his performance in 'Shutter Island' mirrored that of his performance in 'The Departed' in the sense that the performance drove (in many ways) the film's story; it was as if the audience were his character in both films, while 'Inception' was a generally great all around film with various perspectives presented (again, not taking anything away from any of the respected films mentioned).

      Notwithstanding Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, or Alexander Payne, I agree with you as Christopher Nolan being one of the more recent great directors to emerge within the last 10-15 years. However, I think his career resembles more Hitchcock than Scorsese; while Scorsese's body of work is more varied (from dramas to exceptional musical documentaries to comedy), Hitchcock's films were usually the stuff or mystery, suspense, or thrillers, genres that fit all of Nolan's films thus far.

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      @faybe bay

      yeah, i agree. to be honest, i wish i could've seen this film a lot sooner but due to time constraints of two jobs, I was lucky enough to squeeze it in recently. lol. however, i do agree with you, it was a great film. One that i definitely plan on buying the dvd for. anyways, thanks again for stopping by faybe. it was a pleasure seeing you. :)


      Yeah, I agree with you about that. It seems like Nolan is quickly becoming the next Martin Scorsese if you ask me. Although I shouldn't be surprised because even back when he made indie films like "Insomnia" and "Memento", he still made some great movies then. Therefore, it's great to finally see that man get the recognition he deserves. Anyways, thanks again for stopping by satomko.


      Aw thanks mega, that means a lot to me coming from you. ;) Yeah, I think it's great that hollywood is still making great films that challenge the imagination like this. Sure, there's still other mediocre films out there, but that only makes films like "Inception" that much more meaningful if you ask me. Anyways, I'm sorry it took so long to write this Mega1. To be honest, I've just been so busy working two jobs lately, that I was barely able to find the time to see it. Let alone twice, as my brother recommended that I did because you tend to notice things you didn't see the first time. Plus, I wanted to do a bit of research on dreams too before writing this. I know that's probably too much work to put into writing one review. lol. However, I'm trying to be like Peter Travers though, as I know he usually puts a lot of research into his. lol. Not that I would ever compare myself to him, but I was just saying.

      Anyways, I'll be sure to look for your review then once you're done writing it. I can't wait to read it, as I'm sure it'll be great. Plus, I'm kind of curious to see what you'll say about this film. Thanks again for stopping by Mega1, as it's always an honor to have such a lovely lady like yourself around here. ;)

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      mega1 7 years ago

      Steven - you are getting better and better. I was waiting for you to write this so I could cheat - and write my own review and we could link to each other's the way we planned. But now so much time has gone by I'm gonna have to see it again, because it was so full of stuff I've probably forgotten. I think we basically had the same take on this one. I think DiCaprio deserves and Oscar too - he is such a fine actor that he can hold together an entire movie. I'm glad they're making some movies that allow us to think! Your reviewing skills are great! Great hub!

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      Seth Tomko 7 years ago from Macon, GA

      We are in agreement. Inception is certainly the best film I've seen this year, and I think it is another major success for Christopher Nolan.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      I truly loved this movie as well. I had to see it a second time, and take my son. I wanted to take my friend and watch it a third time, but time constraints wouldn't allow for him to make the showing. I hate that because I want to talk about the film! As you say, the cast is perfect, the movie is filled with scenes that seem to come from our own dreams, at times. So believable! Oh, now I want to see it again!


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