Saturday, 17 July 2010

Inception: True to its name

(This post may not be 100% spoiler-free - mm, it's about 99.5% lol)

I have gone ahead and put a promo image as my profile picture on Facebook (not done that ever) because I am in absolute wordless shock and awe, of the movie experience that is Inception. My jaw's on the floor and only actions could describe, so I made it my face.

I watched it last night, the day of release, without knowing anything much. I just saw a glimpse of a trailer saying something about Leo being the man who goes into dreams. The film had also gotten some widespread hype, which I had tried to avoid, as always.

Anyway, I'm not going to review it or anything. All I can tell you is that I've spent the last 3-4, maybe 5 hours on and off surfing Inception reviews, the official websites, forums... As if trying to grasp at what I had just witnessed. Trying to make the dream, real. I even came across a prologue comic, which was quite cool (see image left) - I'd probably recommend reading it after seeing the movie for the first time though, that way you can work off your own judgements, without influence... No seed planted...

I think I'm going to be on and off reading Inception reviews all week, all month, maybe all year. Sharing the experience with others trying to figure out Chris Nolan's (the director) exact message. I've been on IMDB 'yessing' and 'no-ing' the reviews I agree and disagree with throughout today. And I'm going to try getting a seat for it at the IMAX next week too - which I've never been to as of yet, so Inception will be the perfect film to christen that!

Anyway, to sum it up, Inception, which means 'beginning', 'commencement', lives to its title. A trawl of the internets will show you that. With this movie, I think inception means having 'an idea'... and the film has done just that to all of us who have watched it. It feels more like I've witnessed it, rather than simply watched it. And with the transitions from dream to reality, one could come to multiple conclusions of what really happened. No doubt Inception will have people in question and debate for years to come.

Word of warning before you go and watch it: Makesure you get your food, drink and toileting done in advance, man! Seriously, the movie packs the punch and wastes no time. Blink, and you might miss it! (And gawd, I hate it when the person in front of me gets up in the middle of a great film! Luckily it didn't happen this time - The film's worth holding your pee for yes!)

Off-topic: And speaking of IMDB (this is totally random and surreal), but my name is on there now, as of the last week or so! All thanks to a contribution I made to the NOTLD:R project last year..! Isn't it amazing how the small things can turn out? A very BIG hand to Mike Schneider for bringing the animated collabo together! It's been an amazing success!
Rhoda Villegas Web Developer

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