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Movie Review:‘Inception’ reaches rare level for psychological thrillers
By Ezra Mann (Editor in Spoof)

With every advancement in special effects technology, there is going to be ever more the number of movies that milk what they can to amaze audiences. Yet, with all the films that are more pretty than substance, there are those that manage to amaze with a touch of awesome in each element.
From the time when I saw the previews, this film had a concept that at least piqued my interests and for the most part it delivered on being something that stood out on its own. If you aren’t pulled in by the world that is constructed, you will find it hard to not be hooked by the sounds and imaginations behind it.
I’m not going to say that psychological thrillers are even in my top five movie genre’s, but this one had some real effort put into it and for that I give props to Christopher Nolan (who writes, directs and produces). “Inception” may not be the top Oscar winner when awards are given, but it is clear why it is a big nominee.
To give viewers who have not yet seen this flick an idea of what they’ll be greeted with, it is an adventure where reality itself is brought into question. In some ways though very innovative, it fits into the similar lines of thinking expresses by cinematic releases like “The Matrix” or “The Sixth Sense.”
Basically, what you have to keep in mind is that this is a very open interpretation that can at times make one wonder what is artificial and what is meant to be their “real world.” The story follows a man named Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) who has made it his business venture to use the dream world to make the waking world of particular clients more lucrative through an invention that connects multiple people to one person’s sleep visions. Unfortunately for him, he becomes so enveloped in his work that it quickly evolves into something that not only turns his own life upside down, but for everyone who comes in contact with him.
The way the plot progresses could not have been better laid out and what seems like a twisted criminal scheme in the beginning develops into a complicated race to fix past mistakes and try and return to some kind of normalcy. Cobb’s character would be actually rather bland on its own, but you feel drawn in by a group helping the lead character from a young college architect named Ariadne (Ellen Page), a crafty businessman named Yusuf (Ken Watanabe) to a long term friend named Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).
At first, I was somewhat bugged by the ambiguous ending, but after letting it settle in my mind, one can agree it is far from a copout (if you want a straightforward happy ending, you may not enjoy it as much). I certainly would not turn down watching it again, but for the sake of keeping something like this respectable, I pray they don’t try to dirty it up with a sequel. Since I can find no reason to not recommend it for at least one night of entertainment I give “Inception” four out of five blueprints.


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