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"Inception" by Amanda
3.5/4 stars

I have never been disappointed with Christopher Nolan. He has always exceeded the expectations I have had for his films. "Inception" is something altogether new, yet familiar. It has a sweeping score and dispostion that matches "The Dark Knight" and has a intriguing story that surpasses "Memento"'s greatness. Yes, "Inception" is quite easily one of the best mainstream films I have seen in years.

It is part character drama, part science fiction fantasy and part thriller...thrown into a believable story that I have yet to find any plot holes in. Ebert pointed out that as great as "Memento" was, how would a man with short term memory loss know he had short term memory loss?

"Inception" feels as though inspiration from several films influenced the story, as well as the concept of dreams within dreams. But it is as I said, altogether new and fresh. The most memorable sequence to me is easily the ending...after our characters have fallen 5 dreams deep and are finally awakening as soon as the van drives off the side of the bridge into the river.

Many people claim it is too complicated to understand...a film they had to see several times to piece together. It is not the film that is complicated. If your film diet is "Transformers" followed by the "Green Hornet" and your favorite director is Michael Bay, sure this would give you a headache. What is brilliant is that it appears to be complicated, but does this through its simple character relationships, simple plot, and general concept of sharing dreams.

It is an original story with great inspiration, well rounded characters starring a very talented ensemble: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe and Marion Cotillard to name a few. Am I the only one that thought Marion Cotillard is a dead ringer for Myrna Loy?

This film was loved by audiences for I believe 1 reason: this is what the magic of going to the movies should always be like. It is something that is close to extinction at the box office unless you sneak into a little known art house theater. Hollywood at its height was great directors, iconic actors, sweeping film scores, intriguing stories and pure magic. This film is a taste of that. It is a great film and will be a classic years from now.

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