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US premiere of »Inception« in Los Angeles / Interview with Collider / Stage 4 of »Mind Crime« / »Inception« comic
Continuing the promotion marathon, the cast of »Inception« returned to the U.S. and attended the film's premiere in Los Angeles last night. As you can see from the photos below, Ellen dressed up once again and wore a tight green dress by Yigal Azrouël paired with black boots for this special event. I don't know about you, but I think she looked absolutely gorgeous in that gown.

As they made their way down the buzzing red carpet at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the whole team enjoyed themselves posing for pictures and speaking with the press. Among those in attendance were representatives from Warner Bros., actress Talulah Riley (who has a minor role in the film), actor Djimon Hounsou, actress Carrie-Anne Moss, basketball player Chris Bosh as well as Ellen's close friends Alia Shawkat, Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillmann) and Steve Agee. Fans also had the chance to watch a live stream provided by UStream/LiveStream, which featured some highlights from the red carpet and a special live concert of selections from the motion picture soundtrack by composer Hans Zimmer, guitarist Johnny Marr and a 20-piece orchestra. Don't worry if you missed it. The complete video is available on livestream.com, plus I've captured it for you.

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At the Los Angeles press day for »Inception« on June 25, Steve Weintraub over at collider.com was able to speak with Ellen after the press conference ended. During the extended interview they first talked about what it was like to make the movie and working for Christopher Nolan. Then they talked about fellow actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the paparazzi and if she reads online sites. Finally she mentioned her current and future projects: HBO’s »Tilda«, »Super«, »Freeheld« (which Catherine Hardwicke is attached to direct now) and Michel Gondry's »Return of the Ice Kids«. Check out the video below or listen/download the audio here. After the jump you can also watch some other recent interviews by MyMovies.Net, movies.ie and E! Online.

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The fourth stage of Inception's online game Mind Crime finally went live at the beginning of the week. The gameplay is quite similar to stage 3 which means you can still customize the game map with streets, parks and various structures like theatres, warehouses or skyscrapers and steal assets from other players. In addition, just like in the film, the final stage adds the ability to plant an asset into another player’s mind. I can't imagine this is the only new feature, but there’s only one way to find out – go to mind-crime.com/stage4/ and play!

In the meanwhile, Yahoo! Movies debuted a brand new online comic book prequel entitled »The Cobol Job« written by Jordan Goldberg and featuring art by Long Vo, Joe Ng, and Crystal Reid. Click on the image below to take a look at this 19-page comic which focuses on Cobb, Arthur and Nash as they work the job that leads them towards the opening of »Inception«.

And lastly, here is your reminder and details for Ellen's next appearances!

Guests: Ellen Page, Corey Harrison and Chumlee - Thursday, July 15 @ 11:35 PM / 10:35 PM Central

Guests: Ellen Page, Julie Gribble - Friday, July 16 @ 11:35 PM / 10:35 PM Central

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Date: 07/14/2010 - 23:15:44 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen on »Friday Night with Jonathan Ross« / »Inception« press conference and premiere in Paris

On the evening of the »Inception« world premiere in London, Ellen didn't have much time to enjoy the special event and the closing after party. Directly after the screening she went, accompanied by her publicist Kelly Bush, to Studio TC4 in the BBC Television Centre, where »Friday Night with Jonathan Ross« is made. While waiting for her first appearance in a British talk show, she shared the green room with British comedian Jimmy Carr, the eccentric magicians Penn & Teller and music legend Sir Tom Jones. During the conversation with host Jonathan Ross, the Canadian actress revealed that she has left the haunted former brothel and moved to a smaller apartment in Halifax. Speaking about »Inception« she mentioned her fellow co-star Tom Hardy got papped teaching her to fight on the set, which is actually funny because "it looked like he was beating up a little girl." She also briefly talked about »Mouth to Mouth« which was partially filmed in London. If you missed it, watch the video below!

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The next morning the whole »Inception« team headed up to Paris in order to attend another press conference held at the Hôtel Le Bristol. Thanks to my French friends Florian Lapôtre over at Filmgeek.fr and Mathieu Crucq, who runs cineshow.fr, we have some great photos and a full length video of this event. The clue is the clip has two channels of audio. On the left you can listen to the cast, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and the moderator and on the right to the French translation of their answers. I left the translator audio track because Marion Cotillard preferred to speak in her native language, which means you get an English translation on the right speaker when she talks. If you don't want to hear both tracks at the same time, I suggest to use the audio controls of your media player or operating systems to switch between the channels. Please keep in mind that there are a few spoilers because some press representatives had already seen the movie.

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On the following day they all showed up at Gaumont Champs Elysees for the Paris premiere of their movie. Unfortunately, most of the photographers only had eyes for Leonardo DiCaprio and the local beauty, so there aren't many photos of Ellen.

» Inception - Paris Premiere - 10th July 2010 «

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Finally, here are some excerpts from the latest »Inception« reviews:

"Inception is outstanding in almost every way conceivable, from Hans Zimmer's brutally dramatic and modern score to Wally Pfister's magnificent cinematography, which makes the most of the astonishing and hugely varied locations that the film travels to. No-one makes a false step amongst the ensemble cast, all of whom deliver fantastic work, with Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy proving particularly impressive. Ultimately, however, this is Nolan's film, having written and directed it with apparently limitless creative freedom. The world can finally have unfiltered access to his vision, and it's like nothing we've ever seen. Although it owes huge debts to a vast number of different films and works of art, and though it even embraces genre to some extent - it is, in many ways, a heist film, though by no means a conventional one - the greatest and most striking virtue of Inception is its fierce originality. It functions at once as a superior thriller and a self-referential tribute to the infinite possibilities that face a true artist. Against all odds, and in a summer of well over twenty remakes and sequels, Christopher Nolan has delivered a phenomenal action film of extraordinary intelligence. There aren't enough superlatives in the world."

Ben Kirby, Cherwell, cherwell.org
"Nolan has used his craft, moreover his craftspeople, to play his audience. Not in a clever-clever way, but in a Hitchcock way, i.e. ‘play’ is the optimum word. Inception is very silly movie that deliberately takes itself very seriously. Don’t fight; you will only get aggravated that it ‘doesn’t make sense’. Roll with the journey and trust that it will take you where you want to go."

Chris Laverty, Clothes on Film, clothesonfilm.com
"In a summer bogged down once more in sequels and adaptations, The Dark Knight helmer Christopher Nolan has delivered a film of staggering originality, that packs more intellect into its two and a half hour running time than most filmmakers manage in a career. Full of ideas - every one of them wholly realised - Inception is also executed with skill, precision and perpetual innovativeness. The fact that a film this smart has been made on this high of scale is a testament not just to its makers, but to studio Warner Bros. who deserve credit for bankrolling something so inherently complex, it may go over the head of some less receptive viewers." … "Without a doubt Inception will take multiple viewings to fully digest. It is a film that respects its audience completely and asks them to play along and stick with it, as it continually digs deeper, until its emotional climax. A remarkable and stunning piece of work."

Rating: 5 out of 5
Mike Sheridan, Entertainment.ie Ireland, entertainment.ie
"Beware the critic who claims the ability to analyze Inception authoritatively after one viewing. As engrossing and logic-resistant as the state of dreaming it seeks to replicate, Christopher Nolan's audacious new creation demands further study to fully absorb the multiple, simultaneous stories Nolan finagles into one narrative experience. First time around, the movie — part sci-fi fantasy, part gun-toting heist pic, part mindfreak, all filmmaker brio — is dazzling and buzzy. It's a rolling explosion of images as hypnotizing and sharply angled as any in a drawing by M.C. Escher or a state-of-the-biz videogame; the backwards splicing of Nolan's own Memento looks rudimentary by comparison. Only repeated exposure can clarify for each spectator not only what's going on, but also whether the emotional payoff deepens enough to warrant the arbitrary complexity of the game."

Grade: B+
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, ew.com
"There is not much more that one can ask from a movie – but Inception also delivers thoroughly believable performances in its many (purposefully) less than believable scenarios, and matches the gymnastics through which it puts the mind with a kaleidoscope of awe-inspiringly idiosyncratic imagery, as though all the tropes of a conventional thriller were being both defamiliarised and trumped before our eyes. You will no doubt need to see Inception more than once to appreciate every nuance of Nolan's carefully balanced ambiguities – but, more importantly, you will also want to. This is a film that people will be watching, rewatching and cherishing for years to come, in pursuit of answers that only they can in fact provide, as they choose to connect their own brains to Cobb's dreams. Worming its way into our consciousness with more ideas than a year's worth of blockbusters, Inception is a triumph of cerebral cinema."

Rating: 5 out of 5
Anton Bitel, Eye for Film, eyeforfilm.co.uk
"Inception is a rare thing: a summer blockbuster filled with intelligence and craft, which in the current reality of remakes and sequels, feels like a dream itself."

Ambrose Heron, FILMdetail, filmdetail.com
"Yet for all its cleverness and spectacle, the story is firmly grounded in a recognised reality. Cobb’s love for his wife and family elevates Inception from mere blockbuster fare to a moving, emotive level. The ensemble cast put in measured, occasionally masterly, performances. And as DiCaprio reinstates his position as one of Hollywood’s finest, charismatic Brit Tom Hardy confirms his talent and his buzz-building performance in Bronson last year – his star is surely set to rise higher still. "

Rating: 5 out of 5
Helen Cowley, LOVEFiLM, lovefilm.com
"Like a giant cinematic jigsaw puzzle, Inception will keep you guessing right until the very end as it carries you through to the unbelievably tense climax. If ideas are the future of tomorrow, Inception certainly thinks bigger and better than the rest. "

Rating: 5 out of 5
Ann Lee, Metro UK, metro.co.uk
"Wow! This stunning all-action sci-fi thriller is a truly brilliant bit of cinema, and really does deliver in terms of mind-bending effects and spectacular action moments." ... "A truly stunning piece of sci-fi action... a film that will leave you wanting more"

Mark Adams, Mirror UK, mirror.co.uk
"More than anything, though, Inception is a full-on rollercoaster ride packed with jaw-dropping stunts and eye-popping effects, set inside a logic-defying alt-universe where anything can and does happen." ... "A classy actioner that's full of ideas, if a little lacking in warmth."

Rating: 4 out of 5
Neil Smith, MSN Movies UK, movies.uk.msn.com
"There is no denying this is a spectacular film, with amazing special effects and great performances from the cast. In a summer filled with vacuous popcorn movies, this is a sci-fi flick that is both exciting and intelligent. If anything that is one of the film's faults – it is a bit too cerebral, and for a movie about dreams, too logical. Nolan is, without doubt, a great filmmaker of almost technical perfection, but his films, and this one in particular, are a little dry, controlled and contrived, with a lack of a real emotional core. Even the love story between Cobb and his wife (Marion Cotillard) doesn't feel real: or maybe that too is part of the dream. In comparison with other movies showing at the same time, INCEPTION has amazing action set-pieces, but they are not a patch on the shameless, balls-out action of PREDATORS; the speculative science isn't quite as believable as that in SPLICE, which has the added advantage of not taking itself too seriously either; and it doesn't have the fantasy or emotional impact of TOY STORY 3." ... "Would I recommend it? Absolutely, especially in IMAX. Did it leave me excited and enthused in the way, say, KICK ASS did? Not at all, but it didn't make me feel sleepy either. And the ending: enigmatic or a cop out? See it and decide for yourself."

Chris, SCI-FI-LONDON, sci-fi-london.com
"Some people may compare "Inception" to "The Matrix" for its similar mind bending conventions only this time, the alternate reality is the world of dreams. And much like the Keanu Reeves film, I want to see "Inception" again. If you’re thinking that "Inception" is too cerebral for your taste, think again. The film also offers enough humor and incredible action scenes to balance the film’s mood and atmosphere. In this summer of sequels, prequels, and remakes, it’s great to see a movie that is truly original. I now officially worship at the altar of Nolan, the master of mind (I cannot say the last word that begins with the letter f and ends with a k)."

Rating: 4 out of 4
Manny, Manny The Movie Guy, mannythemovieguy.com

With the third movie premiere taking place in Los Angeles tomorrow, I will probably post the next update on Wednesday or Thursday this week. Until then I hope you will stay with me and enjoy the site!

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Date: 07/12/2010 - 21:09:15 Posted by Dominik
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»Inception« world premiere in London / Moviefone's Unscripted / Ellen to appear on »The Tonight Show with Jay Leno«
On Thursday, July 8, the long-anticipated world premiere of »Inception« was held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London where a unique labyrinth carpet was rolled out to welcome the cast and other celebrity guests. Ellen chose to stay classic and looked adorable wearing a little black dress. She was joined by her co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy and Sir Michael Caine as well as director Chris Nolan and producer Emma Thomas. Before making their way into the theaters, they took time to pose for photos, sign autographs and give interviews to the press. While Cilian just enjoyed the atmosphere of the special event and looked forward to finally watching the movie with the audience on the big screen, Christopher Nolan was very happy bringing »Inception« to the city where he first started filming last summer. Ellen, in turn, admitted she had a crush on Leonardo DiCaprio when she was younger and used to have a picture of him at one point in her locker. Check out the videos below for more confessions, information and statements.

Needless to say, the entire event was a success in every respect. According to several eye-witnesses the very end of the film got massive cheers and when the credits began to roll there was an incredibly loud round of applause, with many giving it a standing ovation. However, in every movie there is a downer. Some people think Ellen has the worst written character and Ariadne is pretty much just a plot device to let the audience know what's going on. Others said Ellen holds her own against the physical heavies of »Inception« by giving a performance that makes her character seem blisteringly intelligent, imaginative and emotionally expressive. Furthermore, in their eyes, it is one of Page's best roles and truly unlike anything she has ever done before on screen. I guess the truth lies somewhere in between. But even if Ellen's role is the most contrived, I think it's important for viewers to have a character on screen who is as new to all this as they are, especially in such a complex film. Anyway, I am confident I will see another great performance from Ellen in Nolan's masterpiece!

» Inception - Inception World Premiere - 8th July 2010 «

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As one of Warner Bros. Germany's media partners I was in the lucky position of being able to get the official video footage from the premiere earlier this morning. You can watch these two clips along with all the others I've found so far after the jump. Many thanks to Philip Skupin from VOLL:KONTAKT who does an excellent job keeping me informed and up to date. Furthermore, I would like to thank Adrian Hieatt over at Absolute Radio UK. He met Ellen last night, did a video interview on the red carpet and dropped me a note to tell me about it. By the way make sure to visit the 2010 event and interview pages in the video section because I will probably add other videos as time goes on.

» Warner Bros. - Inception World Premiere - 8th July 2010 (Part 1) «

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» Absolute Radio UK - Inception World Premiere - 8th July 2010 «

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» Lovefilm - Inception World Premiere - 8th July 2010 «

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» WireImage - Inception World Premiere - 8th July 2010 «

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Here is the first clip from the »Inception« press conference which took place at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Wednesday. Since this coverage provided by UK's The Independent is only a montage of clips, I will try to find a full length video.

» The Independent - Inception Press Conference - 7th July 2010 «

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Moviefone has released its recent Unscripted episode with Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen sooner than expected. Although it was said in the first announcement that the video will not be online until until July 12, it is available now. The actors stopped by at Moviefone's studio in Los Angeles last week to discuss their psychological thriller »Inception« and answered questions on what it's like to work with so many talented and intimidating actors, parallels between the process of the movie and their real lives as a celebrity and weird dreams during the making of this movie. Ellen even took the opportunity to do a little promotion for her upcoming movie »Super« since Libby isn't a character she wants to meet in her dreams. I'm sure Ellen and Leo enjoyed doing this, but if you consider only 3 out of 270 questions submitted via commenting on moviefone.com were chosen at the end, the whole thing is rather disappointing.

» Moviefone Unscripted - Leonardo DiCaprio & Ellen Page - June 2010 «

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» GQ UK - Inception Interview with JGL & Ellen Page «

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» Sandrew Metronome - Inception Interview with JGL & Ellen Page «

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Finally, I want you to know that Ellen is set to appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 15, 2010 (one day before the US release of »Inception«). Make sure you tune in at 11:35 PM ET/PT and at 10:35 PM Central on NBC! Also stay tuned for a video of Ellen's appearance on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and more »Inception« stuff coming these days! That's it for now. Enjoy the update and let me know what you think by leaving comments on the site!

Date: 07/09/2010 - 23:37:10 Posted by Dominik
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Photos from the »Inception« Photocall in London / Two new TV spots and four videos from the movie hit the net
Ellen has arrived in England and attended a press conference following a photocall to promote »Inception« at the Dorchester Hotel in London this afternoon. Check out the photos of a "Tiny Canadian" standing between her "huge" co-stars below! ;-)

» Inception - London Photocall - 7th July 2010 «

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Earlier today, two TV spots and the first four (and only) clips from the movie hit the internet. Those of you trying to avoid spoilers should probably skip the last video, which features a bit of action but glimpses of an injured main character. The first and second video are discussion-based with Leonadro DiCaprio’s Cobb speaking to Michael Caine’s Miles and Ken Watanabe’s Saito, respectively. A Paris cafe is shown exploding in the third, but you may also want to save that one for your cinema visit.

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» Inception - Web Clip 1 - Most Skilled Extractor «

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Date: 07/07/2010 - 23:35:59 Posted by Dominik
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Warner Bros. has lifted the review embargo for »Inception« / First positive reviews have appeared on the internet
A couple of reviews for »Inception« have been posted yesterday following a lifting of Warner Bros. embargo in the United States. Most of them are largely positive and it looks like Christopher Nolan’s cerebral sci-fi action-thriller is the "wow" movie of the summer. After the jump I’ve compiled some excerpts, which I tried to keep as spoiler-free as possible.

"A devilishly complicated, fiendishly enjoyable sci-fi voyage across a dreamscape that is thoroughly compelling."

Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter, hollywoodreporter.com
"If movies are shared dreams, then Christopher Nolan is surely one of Hollywood’s most inventive dreamers, given the evidence of his commandingly clever "Inception." Applying a vivid sense of procedural detail to a fiendishly intricate yarn set in the labyrinth of the subconscious, the writer-director has devised a heist thriller for surrealists, a Jungian’s "Rififi," that challenges viewers to sift through multiple layers of (un)reality. As such, it’s a conceptual tour de force unlikely to rank with Batman at the B.O., though post-"Dark Knight" anticipation and Leonardo DiCaprio should still position it as one of the summer’s hottest, classiest tickets." … "If "Inception" is a metaphysical puzzle, it’s also a metaphorical one: It’s hard not to draw connections between Cobb’s dream-weaving and Nolan’s filmmaking — an activity devoted to constructing a simulacrum of reality, intended to seduce us, mess with our heads and leave a lasting impression. Mission accomplished."

Justin Chang, Variety, variety.com
"With Inception, Nolan has made his equivalent to The Big Sleep (ironic given the subject matter of Nolan's film), a thriller whose near indecipherable storyline will boggle minds decades to come -- or even his 2001, a genre opus guaranteed to confound or amaze viewers. Or is it Nolan's finally realized attempt at making a James Bond film? Or a heist thriller to rival Heat? A better version of Dreamscape? Inception is all of the above, and yet it's also a singular accomplishment from a filmmaker who has only gotten better with each film. Indeed, Inception could very well be Nolan's masterpiece."

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars | 10/10
Jim Vejvoda, IGN, movies.ign.com
"No movie this year comes freighted with greater expectations than Inception, Chris Nolan’s follow-up to the global blockbuster The Dark Knight. Happily, the movie delivers and then some—thanks to clever original screenwriting and exhilarating mise-en-scene—in 2D."

Anne Thompson, Thompson on Hollywood, Indie Wire, blogs.indiewire.com
"Nolan, working with the sort of confidence (not to mention free financial reign) that comes from making a studio a mint on one’s previous picture, crafts an amazingly sophisticated, subversive, thoughtful, and even occasionally confusing (albeit in only good ways) tale about the layers of reality in the mind that calcify and crumble when constructed from the raw materials of memory and emotion. At the same time, he’s made an utter crowd pleaser, an epic piece of entertainment that ultimately feels so simple precisely because of all of its complexity, and one that rouses and inspires and excites in the same way as blockbusters comprised of pure spectacle." … "Watching the film, there’s a palpable sort of glee that Nolan takes in setting up the rules for his mental universe and then betraying them, contradicting them, or destroying them outright." … "Ultimately, Nolan’s is probably not the kind of movie that should be written about after just one viewing, and shouldn’t be viewed even once with any preconceptions or expectations, sky-high as I may have made them for folks who read this far."

Todd Gilchrist, Cinematical, cinematical.com
"Like The Matrix mated with Synecdoche, New York — or a Charlie Kaufman 007. To paraphrase Casino Royale’s Vesper Lynd, it’s a meaningful pursuit in a summer of disposable entertainments. With physics-defying, thunderous action, heart-wringing emotion and an astonishing performance from DiCaprio, Nolan delivers another true original: welcome to an undiscovered country."

Rating: 5 out of 5
Nev Pierce, Empire Magazine, empireonline.com
"What's most exciting about Inception is that it finds Nolan peaking as a visual artist; he's using the extravagantly cinematic tropes of other genres to connect with the viewer intellectually. With Inception, Nolan joins the company of Coppola, Lean and not too many others as a filmmaker who treats the big canvas with the respect it deserves - but with the steely verve of a chess player who can see dozens of moves ahead." … "Pure cinema at its best feels like dreaming with your eyes wide open. Cinema doesn't get much purer than Inception."

Mr. Beaks, Ain't It Cool News, aintitcool.com
"I didn’t get my mind blown by Inception but I enjoyed it. I mean, it’s no Total Recall but I saw Total Recall when I was 12 (although thinking about it still blows my mind. How can his old personality demand his new personality give itself up? They can’t both be in the same body!) I’ll probably watch Inception again."

Fred Topel, CanMag, canmag.com
The Upside: The cast is perfection, as are the visuals and music. Christopher Nolan gives us the first really great movie of the summer.
The Downside: I’d have to make something up.

"I will say this now, without reservation and fully confident that many will agree; Inception is easily the best big budget film of the year thus far. I’ll go further and say that it’s one of the most beautiful, well written, and fully realized high dollar films of the last five years. Inception, is close to perfection." … "Inception has a very cerebral plot, big on emotion and deeply connected to the exploration of the subconscious — but it’s an action film, and a beautiful one. Wally Pfister’s cinematography is second to none, and the digital effects work is seamless." … "Parts of Inception are like watching an Escher lithograph come to life, which, you know — is awesome. Coupled with Hans Zimmer’s masterful score, Inception is not only a treat visually, but matched by the music from the first scene on. Inception is what The Wachowskis wish the rest of The Matrix films after the first could have been; a head trip with outrageous action sequences and a strong emotional attachment to the story."

Grade: A+
Dustin Hucks, Film School Rejects, filmschoolrejects.com
"Suffice it to say that "Inception" is an exhilarating cinematic experience that suggests there is still room, even in the blockbuster world, for big ideas and dangerous emotions, and that may be the single most thrilling thing about it."

Drew McWeeny, HitFix, hitfix.com
"Inception is a masterpiece. Making a huge film with big ambitions, Christopher Nolan never missteps and manages to create a movie that, at times, feels like a miracle. And sometimes it doesn’t even feel like a movie; while presented in woefully retro 2D, Inception creates a complete sense of immersion in another world. The screen before you is just another layer of the dream." … "I don’t even know what’s the most remarkable aspect of Inception. It’s huge-budget filmmaking harnessed to tell a personal story that’s smart and uncompromising. That’s certainly remarkable in this age of Hollywood. " … "I loved every moment of the waking dream, every frame of the celluloid reality. Cinema is dreaming, and Nolan understands this implicitly and completely."

Rating: 10 out of 10
Devin Faraci, CHUD, chud.com
"In a great many ways, "Inception" is an exceptional film. It boasts a larger than life cast, a virtually unrestricted budget and a director at the top of his game both commercially and artistically. Action scenes feature mountain ski chases, zero-gravity fights and flawless special effect dreamscapes. So how is it that "Inception" comes together as such a bore? "Inception’s" problems stem completely from the screenplay. While we’re meant to believe that the world Nolan has created is of the utmost complexity, it is nowhere near the level that the exposition affords it. "Inception" is a monstrous, all-consuming exposition that seems to devour character and emotion to the point that, on the whole, the film feels like the origin story for a much more interesting tale. That is, the dream-espionage set-up is wonderfully original and clearly well-researched, but far too much time is spent establishing the rules of the world and far too little twisting those rules into anything other than face value."

Rating: 7 out of 10
Silas Lesnick, ComingSoon.net, comingsoon.net
"A mind-trip not to be missed." … "For audiences looking for a break from the usual summer dish Hollywood serves, Inception is a wildly entertaining and dazzling mind-trip not to be missed. Kubrick would have been proud."

Rating: 5 out of 5
Pete Hammond, Box Office Magazine, boxofficemagazine.com
"At some point while watching Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending, soul-churning masterpiece, Inception is a journey into the unseen rooms of the mind. It is also a slightly uncomfortably intimate look inside the mind of Nolan himself. It’s a frightening place to be, as it would be to enter anyone’s mind – dwelling in the various levels of consciousness, weaving in and out of the fears, desires and behaviors."

Sasha Stone, Awards Daily, awardsdaily.com
"Nolan has truly created his magnum opus; an achievement of such grandeur, it’s remarkable a film of this scale was made in this day and age" … "The film stars DiCaprio, in a career-best performance," … "It’s tempting to compare this film to some amalgam of The Matrix, James Bond movies, The Sting and the 1984 thriller Dreamscape, and while there are certainly similarities, Inception defies comparison to live as a movie all its own. Intelligent without being impenetrable, Inception is like few films that come before it. The film has no shortage of thrilling action sequences yet none feel arbitrary. The action, for once, serves the story instead of the other way around. But this doesn’t mean that the visuals are anything short of breathtaking." … "At 148 minutes, Inception is hardly a quick film but it moves with such speed and efficiency that you never "feel" the length. Even when it’s over, the movie stays with you, begging for conversation, discussion, debate and, eventually, another viewing. I’m sure it’ll even pop up in your dreams. Nothing wrong with that. We should all be dreaming a little bit bigger."

Rating: 10/10
Mike Sampson, JoBlo, joblo.com
"In reviewing 2008’s "The Dark Knight," I wrote that director Christopher Nolan "has made a brief career of exploring characters built upon their somber, in some instances twisted pasts, however distant or immediate." The theme continues with "Inception," a film like nothing you have ever seen before that plays out like a two-hour therapy session, wrapped in the accoutrement of a heist film and bathed in the panache of an entirely immersive cinematic experience." … "Every single moment of "Inception" is more gripping than the last. It’s the kind of film Freud, or more likely Jung, would have delighted in deconstructing. Nolan takes a leap of faith with his audience, trusting them to keep up with the screenplay’s labyrinthine structure while at the same time conjuring enough cerebral hocus pocus to avert attention from its weaknesses."

Rating: 3,5 out of 4
Kristopher Tapley, InContention, incontention.com
"With Inception, Nolan gives us his deepest work to date, and he’s one of the few filmmakers who, thanks to Warner Bros.’ support, could be the heir apparent to Stanley Kubrick. Like the late 2001 filmmaker, Nolan’s cerebral nature isn’t lost amidst the visual spectacle, and he refuses to pander to the audience. The director’s overlooked attention to sound design is another plus for the film, and his frequent collaborator Hans Zimmer composed a substantive score to the proceedings. Inception is not a story sans blemishes, as Nolan really does throw the kitchen sink into the film’s third act (how many levels can a dream state truly have). But maybe the director is truly a few steps ahead of the game, as the story’s complexities may not be fully appreciated until a second (or third) viewing. Edgar Allan Poe, who never seemed like the cheeriest of fellows, once wrote that "All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream." With Inception, Nolan challenges us to reassess our perceived grasp on reality, even if many refuse to wake up from their respective slumber. It’s a rather grand ambition indeed, but thanks to the gripping and ultimately evocative journey of Inception, one would assume that Mr. Nolan’s dreams are far from over."

Greg Srisavasdi, Hollywood Outbreak, hollywoodoutbreak.com
"The bottom line here is that I loved this film. I know this review will get labeled by some as me simply kissing Nolan’s butt. Whatever…I couldn’t care less. It’s a great film and the fact it’s an original creation from Chris makes it even that much more impressive. Really, the guy made all of this crazy dream stuff up in his head, put it down on paper, and turned it into one hell of a film. Inception is a film that Nolan has been thinking about and developing for ten years. I’m sure greenlighting a filmmaker’s personal pet project and giving it a prime Summer release date would be considered a huge gamble for any studio. Did The Dark Knight’s success and having Nolan ultimately helm a third Batman play a role in such a decision? Perhaps, but it really doesn’t matter because this is one damn good movie. The "I check my brain in at the door for Summer movie blockbusters" ain't going to matter with this one, and Warner Bros.’ leap of faith and belief in Chris Nolan is going to get rewarded yet again."

Grade: A
Bill Ramey, Batman On Film, batman-on-film.com
"As a slick, all-out action thriller Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated Inception delivers its share of tense drama and more than its share of eye-catching spectacle. As a piece of psychological sci-fi, though, the Warner/Legendary project never quite achieves the mind-bending quality that distinguishes the most successful examples of that genre. So it may still take all of Warner’s marketing savvy and Leonardo DiCaprio’s star power to turn this pricey - reportedly $170m or more - venture into a significant profit maker."

John Hazelton, ScreenDaily, screendaily.com
"This movie's brilliant. It is so unbelievably inventive and intelligent that I'm convinced a studio just gave Christopher Nolan carte blanche to do anything he wanted. Because there's no way some studio exec read this script and then said: "Sure, take my money and go make this movie." It's so dense, so layered, such a hard sell that it must be a marketing nightmare. But it's easily the most interesting, involving and memorable film I've seen this year. I want to see it a second time pre-opening, and a third time opening weekend; that should tell you something right there."

Steven James Snyder TechLand, TIME.com, techland.com

Date: 07/06/2010 - 13:44:15 Posted by Dominik
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