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on January 21, 2017
Inception has been making it to my favorite movie I have ever seen, and pushed E.T. out of the way. With a lot of effort though; I love the little alien that I had seen in the cinema when I was 6 years old.
But Inception is something special; something really amazing.

It is not often that you will find a story-line so well thought out, and a movie so well written and acted as this one. Movies about dreaming and hi-jacking other people's dreams usually feel corny. And here it feels so real that you take it all to be unquestionable. Clearly, the people writing this movie have covered the tracks so well, that just like the people who get dreams force-fed in the movies, we take it all for reality.

Like a freight-train this movie starts with a slow pace to quickly pick up speed, and instead of leaving it there, adds only more speed to the mix. It never is over-done, but when the movie comes to an end and the pacing slows down again - it is a welcome experience. It is a long movie, but it is a ride that you won't forget.

I like Christopher Nolan's work, and love his style of approaching a story and putting it into a film, but this to me is his masterpiece.
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on July 23, 2017
Christopher Nolan's "Inception" (2010) is a masterpiece of cinematic chic, dizzying in its ambitions regarding dreams and visual splendors transcending time, all encased in the most byzantine of plots. It can be compared only to the greatest of films.

Hans Zimmer's score uses the song Édith Piaf made famous, Charles Dumont's "Non, je ne regrette rien," as its leitmotiv. Outstanding among the cast are Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the charming Tom Hardy, as well as Lukas Haas (as Nash). Haas is always a particularly arresting presence on-screen.
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on January 31, 2018
I'm not going to bore you with a drawn out armchair review, I'll give you 5 bullet points in favor of the film(1 for each star).

1.) Leonardo DiCaprio does a fantastic job as the main protagonist in the film.
2.) The 'dream world' dream within a dream moments and the theory of time slowing are fun mind puzzles to unravel.
3.) The action is well paced and suspenseful.
4.) The music score and settings all flow together well.
5.) The action is nothing to sneeze at, there's quite a bit of gun play and fist fights.
I hope you check this movie out if you haven't, it's a true gem!
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on July 30, 2017
Brilliant but dense movie. I saw it a second time and enjoyed it more, and understood it clearly. That is not to say a single viewing is not engrossing. If it had not been, I never would have watched it a second time and been fascinated the whole time.Inception.

Christopher Nolan is an extremely talented director; one of my favorites I must say. Don't let bad reviews misguide you. They just misunderstand the director and his ambitions. If you need something more palatable, try his Batman series, The Dark Knight.
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on March 18, 2017
I heard about this movie awhile ago, I was not let down when I finally saw it. The storyline is thrilling and very original. It doesn't mess with your mind too much, like Nolan's film Memento does, but it does ensure that you pay very close attention or else you will surely get lost. The immersive special effects are great too (I especially love the scenes where the room continuously turns upside down. It reminds me of similar scenes from 2001 A Space Odyssey, which is a much older visual masterpiece). Everything combined makes for a most enthralling action sci-fi experience.
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on March 23, 2017
Christopher Nolan twists our minds in millions of pieces with this clever and complex blockbuster that knows how to combine true spectacular direction with symbolic concepts about our perception of reality and how we can trap ourselves in lives and ideas that don't necessarily reflect the reality. The scenario is incredible and the concept of the film so remarkable that seeing it all over again is always a true pleasure and entertainment. It can sometimes seem easy complexity and is rather long but it installed Nolan as a true Spielberg of the 21st century.
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This review is based on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc - this was played on an LG OLED 65" C6P using an OPPO 203 Ultra HD Player.

First off, I really do enjoy the movie, but I'll be using this space to focus on the 4K Upgrade.
I have to say.. I was a little bit disappointed. Inception is a pretty recent film (2010) and after seeing how great Dunkirk and Dark Knight looked on 4K, I was really excited to see how this one looked!

In some areas, there is a nice upgrade noticeable! Textures look really good, it's got a fine level of grain that isn't distracting.. but other shots seem to be soft.. lacking sharpness and detail. Many of the indoor scenes seem like a smaller upgrade from the 1080p while outdoor shots seem much better. Is it better than the Blu-Ray? Definitely.

If you don't have either? Buy the 4K for sure. It's a great movie and the best the movie has looked on home video.. but ultimately, its just not the most impressive thing. It looks good in parts but if I had to use one word to describe it, it would be "inconsistent". I'd give the video about a 4 out of 5. There are some points that look more like a 3-3.5 out of 5 but I didn't see any 4.5-5/5 moments like we saw very often in Dark Knight and Dunkirk.

Audio is in 5.1 DTS-HDMA (No dolby atmos on any of these Christopher Nolan 4K Sets); I didn't notice a ton of difference here from the original audio on the Blu-Ray.

Also included are the original Blu-Ray disc and Special Features disc. The 3 discs come in a 2-disc case, with 2 of them stacked. There's also a slipcover and digital copy included.
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This is an excellent movie. I don't watch many movies more than once, usually I just don't find that there is terribly much to revisit. This one is an exception. There is so much that is interesting, the story, the scenery, music, etc. are all well done, but it's the treatment of the principle idea, and the way the suspense and mystery roll out that really keeps mean engaged each time.

Often with speculative fiction there is an interesting basic premise, and then a poor execution, or the characters have to engage in endless dialog about it so that the audience will get it. I feel like this movies avoids those pitfalls well. The thread of the premise weaves in and out and you really can't say that you have it all until almost the end, and even then... no spoilers.

Finally, top notch score. Worth owning all on its own.
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on December 21, 2017
Amazing premise, good acting, and mind-bending special effects. This is another Christopher Nolan masterpiece. Set in a world where professionals can share and invade dreams, this film follows DiCaprio's character on his quest to get back to his children. Well worth a look.
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on April 22, 2014
This movie will deffinately make you think. It is not a passive story that you will absorb just by being in the room.

The acting is fantastic. The story is a great trip that really leaves you questioning what was real and what wasn't. (Sort of like The Matrix, but with less "bullet time" and crazy sunglasses)

This movie will tire you out just watching it trying to figure out what's going on.

The thing I appreciated most about this movie is that they never tried to explain the science behind the dream control machine. They just said "this is it, it works, accept it" rather than spending a half hour of the film showing how it works with some impossible explanation that made no sense. They just asked you to suspend disbelief for the length of the film and it works great!

As for the quality of the Blu Ray print, it's incredible. This film was made with a great combination of strong set design a limited (but well done) use of CGI. So the look of the film is fantastic and the Blu Ray print really picks it up masterfully.
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