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Running Time 148 min
Release Date Jul 16, 2010
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Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now, Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back, but… Show more

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July 15, 2010 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris

The good news about Christopher Nolan is that he seems happy to have a break from the grand shadows of Gotham City. “Inception’’ looks as much like a blockbuster as “The Dark Knight." It also feels like one. But it’s free of doom. For better and worse, it weighs nothing, which is not the same as saying it means nothing.

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Aug 18, 2010 - Slash on Inception

I was expecting better. The concept is good but the execution is sorely lacking.


Special effects, especially certain fight scenes, were spectacular. And, again, the concept was intriguing (though much much better executed in The Matrix).


The logic was inconsistent and flawed in too many places. Significant parts of the storyline leading up to the big dream-within-dream-within-dream act were rushed/forced or simply glossed over, as was the ending. The promise of bending reality in the dream world, demonstrated in an early sequence, was never exploited later when it would seem to have mattered most. The technology - how the architected dream levels are implanted in the dreamer's mind and how the other participants are inserted - is never really explained. Key characters, roles, and backstories are underdeveloped. And, frankly, too much of the movie just doesn't add up or hold up to scrutiny. (Of course it's fantasy, but the best fantasy still makes rational sense and is logically consistent/constrained within the parameters of its fictional realm.)

So, in a nutshell, I left the theatre unsatisfied and disappointed. I'm kind of surprised -- is this what counts as a really good movie these days?

5 reviews
Jul 31, 2010 - MassachusettsMike on Inception
The "Summer of Junk" Continues...

Okay, maybe it's not junk, but "Inception" isn't great, either.

Many people will like it. Many more will *say* that they like it. You can see many of these same folks sipping overpriced coffees and wearing berets, sometimes outside of Cambridge, though not for very long.

I was disappointed, as I have been craving a good movie since "How to Train Your Dragon." The half-dozen films since then have been either disappointing or just plain awful.

In another summer, this movie would not have received so many good reviews. But with all the current garbage, this rises to the top. It's worth a look, but it's not even in the same league as "Memento."

I rate it ++- (2.5) on my ticket price scale:
++++ Worth an evening ticket
+++ Worth a matinee ticket
++ Worth a free ticket
+ Worthless

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Jul 19, 2010 - swingfathowlow on Inception
Stimulating the Mind

While everyone else that watched this movie strictly to see things blow up and see how awesome the fight scenes and how trippy the movie would be...think about your actual dreams and how you dream...think about how some of the realistic qualities of your dreams might interfere with your real life and how you determine the difference between the two. This movies was in fact waaay more about the fantasy aspect of a dream, but rather how you break down a dream or when you see the same thing in a dream and what it symbolizes...how you interpret your dream...I feel sorry for those people who went to the movie with expectations rather than going to see a movie that makes you think about your own interpretation on how we go about living our lives based upon how we perceive ourselves.

3 reviews
Jul 18, 2010 - Otis on Inception
Inception Disappoints

If I want an action movie, I’d go to a James Bond flic; but if I want an intellectually challenging movie, I’d look elsewhere. My elsewhere I thought was Inception, but I was terribly disappointed. Inception claims to be that intellectual movie, but instead of asking philosophical questions relating to proving one’s own existence in the light of dreams being the counter to reality based thought... Inception totally missed the boat. It is just another mediocre FX filled Hollywood action movie.

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