Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 2:09 pm  |  46 responses

Review: Inception

Get out of O’s dreams, get into this flick…

by Omar Mazariego

Before Robin Thicke had me hating on him for wife-ing the extraordinarily beautiful Paula Patton, I was actually a fan of his father’s work on “Growing Pains.” Once a week Alan Thicke was able to keep his family together and calmed whatever storm the mischievous Mike Seaver brewed up without laying finger or belt on his ass. (My ass, on the other hand, done felt rolled up newspapers, leather and plastic belts, numerous kinds of chancletas — flexible plant, that snap back like whips once you tear the leaves off, which grew out of the concrete for some reason — and the more traditional, open-hand palms.) As cool as a father Alan Thicke was, it was the Mike Seaver show. He was the star… until a blonde hair, blue eyed boy came and stole the show for a season.

Even back then when I first saw how strong his dramatic presence was on a comedy show, I knew Leonardo DiCaprio was destined for stardom. And not that weak stardom that Scott Baio (at least he inceptionsmashed Pamela Anderson) or Fred Savage was destined for (I still have a crush on Winnie Cooper), but the kind of superstardom that Johnny Deep was in for after “21 Jump Street.” Sure there’s been the occasional Alyssa Milano and Jason Bateman, whose ’80s celebrity still lingers like gold rope chains and gold fronts, but nothing like Leo or Johnny. They’re the Shelltoes of the game. Still relevant and still in demand.

And though I’ve never been a real huge fan of his work — The Quick and The Dead was eh, Basketball Diaries was disturbing, Romeo + Juliet was Tim Thomas, and Titanic was adorable at best — I always knew he could be the man when he wanted. Leo killed it in Gangs of New York, and The Departed was so butter it had people putting down the popcorn just so they wouldn’t miss a beat. But the man who was once a part of the Seaver household took it to the next level with Inception. Applaud this man and director Christopher Nolan for keeping me from looking at my date’s awesomely exposed cleavage for 2 and a half hours (a true accomplishment on its own).

Inception’s concept was similar to the ’80s cult classic Dreamscape, where people use dream invasion methods to complete whatever objective is assigned.  In the ’80s the technique was being used for high profile political assassinations, but don’t sweat that — it’s 2010 and that’s played out. In Inception, the dream invasion is being used to steal secrets from the subconscious minds of business moguls and tycoons. But this fat cat named Saito ups the ante and wants Cobb (Leo) to invade the mind of his business rival, Robert Fischer Jr. (Cillian Murphy), not to steal any secrets, but to plant the idea of dissolving his father’s business once he inherits the resigns. The reward? A clean slate back in the U.S., where Cobb’s a wanted man. Why’s he on the run? Can’t say without spoiling it, but clues are given as the movie goes on as to why he can’t set foot on American soil and be safe. He should’ve got a tan and tried creeping on a boat filled with Cubans. Hey, you never know.

Anyway, aching to see his children again, Cobb agrees and leads a team of mind rapists and architects that includes Arthur (Joseph Levitt aka The Riddler in Batman 3?), and Ariadne (Ellen “Not sure if she’s hot or not” Page) through various imaginative dreamlands where life can be lived in seconds, minutes, hours and years — all in the same moment, depending how deep in the game you’re in (the science and math of it all was next level bananas). But, there’s one problem: Cobb’s past. It haunts him to no end and even poses a serious threat to his team when they’re in a dreamscape. Can’t go in it too deep blowing up the spot, but just take my word for it, it’s bad.

For two hours and change, I have to say, I was lost in Chris Nolan’s imagination. Through dialogue, cinematography and anticipation, the man who blessed the world with a classic movie which featured a psychotic clown who terrorized Gotham City two years ago once again proves that imagination and great writing can indeed create a fantasy world that can be relate-able and enjoyable at the same time. And while I dream of the day that someone can do an inception on James Dolan and convince him that if he really loves the Knicks, he’d sell them to Spike Lee and Diddy, I have to live with the reality that Chris Nolan has subjected me to: It’s only a movie.

4.5 Gangstas (out of 5)

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  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Two words, one vision of a woman: Marion Cotillard! Jeeeezus..(nice review as always, O. Add blood diamond to the list of superb movies Leo’s been in lately, even enjoyed Shutter Island)

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Round of applause for Omar, everybody. He’s still the man.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    I was left with my mouth hanging open multiple times during this film, the hotel hallway fight in 3 dimensions alone was ridic. Jo Gordon Levitt as a badass: who knew?

  • O

    I just saw 500 Days of Summer this weekend and like I told Khalid (who told me about that movie months ago), I’m starting to gain respect for Levitt’s acting skills. He’s come a LONG way from 3rd Rock From The Sun.

  • O

    And for the record, Shutter Island bored me to no end. I couldn’t fux with that flick.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Omar, watch it a 2nd time. Watch the reactions of the people around Leo’s character. There’s genius in Shutter Island’s acting and pace.

  • http://www.lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    O, great as always to read your reviews. This movie can get it!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Yo, I knew Leo would do his thing in the movie, but Levitt just came outta nowhere and impressed the hell outta me. Great flick. And I feel you, I STILL ain’t decided if Ellen Page is a dime or not.

  • http://www.lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    A big WHAT IF, but what if LeBron announced during The Decision, “The Miami Heat could get it!” and then he winked into the camera. Would we be hating on his talents and his decision platform?

  • http://pardonthedopeness.blogspot.com DP

    Ellen Page could get it in a nice but slutty baby-sitter kind of way. That’s the only way I see her whenever I watch her movies.

  • T-Money

    Spot-on on Ellen Page, I feel weird saying she could get it because of Juno even though she’s not a teen anymore. / I’m hating on Cotillard though, she ain’t all that.

  • namik

    Ellen Page has a receding hairline issue. Movie was dope, JGL as the Riddler would be legit too.

  • andrew

    ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was Tim Thomas – is exactly why O kicks it. I’m a big fan.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    This is exactly why I keep coming back to SLAMonline.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    And I’ve always had mad respect for DiCaprio’s acting ability.

  • Deez

    Ellen Page is mad cute. I wouldn’t call her hot though.

    LMAO @ “keeping me from looking at my date’s awesomely exposed cleavage for 2 and a half hours”

  • snasty10

    awesome review o, just got a bag and cant wait to see it tonight. BTW i thought depp was going to be the riddler in batman 3,

  • O

    From what I read, Levitt kept kidding with Nolan about being the Riddler in Batman, and after a while Nolan started giving it strong consideration. Who knows who’ll get the role… and Snasty, you might wanna lay off the ganja for this one. You’re gonna zone out and lose out on information. Sidenote: love how LeBron has impacted Pot Culture. I ran into my homie who asked me to take a trip with him to copp some Piff. When we got to the spot, his supplier told him, “By the way, i’m taking my talents to South Bronx and bubble on those streets.”

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Let it be known: I heartz Ellen Page. She’s just awesome in everything she’s in (even X3). Definitely a beautiful person.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    namik is gross.. Wth holmes?

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh and ‘handsome Bob’ from RocknRolla was also hilarious in this. Supporting cast really shined, typical Nolan feature.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    Helluva film.

    Truly awesome flick.

  • snasty10

    touche O

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Fucking Omar.

  • O

    Damn, Ryan cussin’? I must be doing something right. I remember when he was in the office he would replace “f*ck” with “fudge” and “vagina” with “wild water queendom.”

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Wild.water.queendom: ohhh boy, Farmer will never be able to outlive that one.

  • http://twitter.com/darrellma dma

    When she opens her mouth, Ellen Page can go to hell. She has that stuck up sneer.

  • http://www,myczechrepublic.com SAB

    Nolan’s awesome. i gotta see this film. “Memento” and his first low-budget film, “Following”, had the crazy messed-up stories and were nicely-done.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    I forgot Memento was a Nolan film. Fantastic movie that was.

  • O

    I’d smash Ellen Page, but kind of reluctantly as weird as that sounds.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I would be enticed to smash her if she was rocking the Kitty Pryde costume from X-Men 3.

  • snasty10

    i would make her my smash-piece, but she couldnt talk, because she annoyed me in juno a lot

  • O

    I’ma have to make a “Smash” list and break it up into categories.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    @O: Hell yeah I’d read that.

  • O

    I’m actually putting it together right now. I have a feeling it’s gonna offend hella women and i’ll probably be crucified on The View or something…

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    If you’re allowed to post ‘the list’ on Slamonline, you’ll break your personal comments record, O….. Easily.

  • O

    Aw man, this is gonna be fun when and if it posts…

  • http://slamonline.com Carlos

    ¡Eso va estar chistoso! Pero si te van a matar las mujeres. ¡Vale verga, hacelo!

  • Daniel

    If you liked Gordon Levitt in this then check out Brick or The Lookout, definitely one of the best young actors in the game

  • http://www.slamonline.com doyouwantmore

    The Departed was miserable and not fun.

  • kh

    O used the word adorable.
    Other than that, nice review!

  • barnabusb

    JGL killed it in GI Joe! His Cobra Commander was Oscar-worthy! Off the hook, son!


    Look, Inception is a 5 outta 5. A perfectly crafted modern-day thriller. WIth next-level effects and a story so well conceived that it astounds the mind. This is as good as it gets really. I’ve always like Dicaprio tho and gordon-levitt impressed me for 2 summers in a row now. great cast especially, ken watanabe. and yeah nolan is the man. You guys are sleepin on the prestige, that was another one of his great movies. last thing, Inception is better than the matrix, lets just be real about it.

  • O

    Inception IS indeed better than the Matrix. Part 2 and 3 were cool at the time, but looking back on it, ruined the franchise for me.

  • http://hiphopgame.com fatjeansince’88

    No love for Killshot?

  • tony knorr

    yo the prestige was super dope. one of my favorite movies.