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Director Christopher Nolan, best known for his previous blockbusters such as The Dark Knight and  The Prestige, has  apparently done it again with his latest summer film début, Inception. Already showing big numbers and high turn out,  Inception has garnered the lion share of the weekend box office numbers with a stunning 60.4 million dollar opening  weekend. With numbers like that Inception has already outstripped the summer movies that have already hit the big  screen. Barring franchise movies such as Iron Man 2, and revamped movies such as The Karate Kid, Inception has made  an incredible financial mark in the league of new ideas, which I am very glad to finally see. In a summer of less than  stellar live action movies, it is very heartening to see one finally rise up and take a step forward in a new direction, and we  are all lucky enough to go along with it.

Box office standing aside, what is this movie about one might ask. In truth that is the question everyone should be  asking as this movie is a roller coaster ride of intrigue, special effects and quite literal mind bending story  telling. Inception takes place in a world where technology has given us what could be the greatest gift or the greatest  weapon in mankind’s history, the technology to allow someone to enter the mind of anyone, through their dreams. In this  world we follow the exploits of a man and his team who are considered the best at what they do, that being stealing  information from the minds of influential people. Dom Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, leads a special team of thieves who are generally hired to extract the most private, and sometimes dangerous thoughts, memories, or information from whom ever he is being paid to steal from. The catch is, that a mind is a dangerous place when you don’t have the road map and so his services do not come cheap, or without a cost. His life of notoriety at this particular skill has also made him a high-profile thief riding high on the worlds most wanted list for the “mind games” he’s been playing at the behest of others in this newest form of corporate espionage.  His life is the work, having lost everything that he used to be with every extraction he has performed. However, one last job could turn that all around, and give him back the life he once had.

This job is not like anything he has ever done before tho, instead of going into a mind to steal, he is going there to plant an idea, an idea that could represent the perfect crime for whomever plants the seed. However, Dom Cobb and his team are getting more than they bargained for as they are being teamed up with Ariadne, played by Ellen Page of Juno fame, who is supposed to possess an incredible architectural mind, a skill highly useful when manipulating a dream world. One can only hope this is true, because it seems that there is some outside force playing against them, predicting every move they make and trying to turn the mind of a multimillion dollar oil company heir into a labyrinth of traps and illusions that could leave everyone’s mind in ruins. Can Dom Cobb successfully plant the seed of inception in this heir’s mind and find redemption and the life he once had, or will this outside enemy from Cobb’s past bring his dreams crashing down, while he is still in them?

This movie features a talented cast of actors who flesh out this incredibly written story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, star of (500) Days of SummerKen Watanabe, best known to American viewers from his work inLetters from Iwo Jima and Memoirs of a Geisha, and Cillian Murphy ,who last teamed up with Nolan in The Dark Knight, make up just a few of the wonderful actors that help bring this strange and intrigue laden world to life.

Inception is a mind thriller in more ways than one. Christopher Nolan has created a story that demands the viewer’s attention in order to follow this particular rabbit down the rabbit hole. You may not catch everything the first time you watch it, but you will most definitely want to watch it again. Inception plants itself into the viewers mind and germinates a strong love for the movie that will keep you coming back for more, and that’s how I see it.

If you enjoy this movie you may also like:

The Dark Knight Memento

The Prestige Following

Batman Begins Doodlebug

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Brick: a Detective movie by Rian Johnson

I admit I love a good Noir film. Sit me down and give me some across the tracks hero, a        stunning fem fatale and boat load of intrigue and I’m hooked. Dropping names like “The Big Sleep“, “The Maltese Falcon” and “Dark Passage” would put anyone on the right track of  finding great and well-known noir films to sink their teeth into. However, “Brick” did not get the  popular attention I think it deserves, and if any movie has the capability and the moxy to become  a cult noir classic, it is this movie.

Brick is also interesting because it takes a story style that was popular in the 1940’s and  modernizes it to a more present day atmosphere without killing any of the style’s architecture or  altering the classic and well-loved archetypes of the genre. The movie takes place in your  average mid-west high school and focuses on the path of Brendan Frye, a kid on the out skirts of  popular school society, but who has an ear and a finger on all the different clicks that make up  the culture of high school. The central hub of the story lies in the mysterious death of his former  girl friend. As he goes off the high school “grid” to find out her story and learn who is  responsible he ends up taking us all on a dark trail of deception and half-truths that keep us  wondering who’s side is the right side, who can you trust, and finally what lengths does  someone go for lost love?

With out a doubt I am a fan of the language used in this movie, like its’ genre has always  given us, this movie is rifled with turns of phrase and jargon that paints the gritty, bluff them or  beat them, life on a pin style of this movie better than any set designer could hope to capture.  Listening to this movie is more than being entertained by the story, which is good enough to  keep you glued, but also about listening to an even flow of words that mix and mesh and force  your mind to really think about some of the terms used in order to really grab hold of the  situation.

The characters make up a gallery of interesting, multi-layered, and hard-boiled  individuals so enjoyable and convincing that you give high praise to the casting director Shannon Makhanian, also responsible for Hatchet and The Brothers Bloom, for assigning such excellent young actors to play the parts. From Joseph Gordon-Levitt (recently starring in (500) Days of Summer) who plays our lonesome hero Brendan, to the features fem fatale Laura, played by the lovely and provocative Nora Zehetner of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Heroes” notoriety.  Also in this we find our local king pin of crime in this suburban area, ironically enough called  “The Pin” played by Lukas Haas, and his number one henchman Tug, played by Noah Fleiss.

How are these people involved in the murder of Brendan’s ex? What is this “brick” everyone keeps referring to and how will Brendan find out all the answers he needs before someone drops the dime on him as the murder of his ex-girlfriend? To find out all of this and more I highly recommend going out and renting this provocative whodunit. Or move it to the top of your Netflix line up, I can pretty much guarantee if you like a good murder mystery, or are also a fan of the noir film genre, then you will enjoy this movie.

Below I’m going to give you just a little taste, but remember, the first taste is free, the rest is up to you to.

I give “Brick” a 4.5 out of 5 stars, And that’s how I see it.

If you like these movies you will more than likely enjoy this one, and vice versa is true.

The Lookout

Mysterious Skin

The Brothers Bloom

Hard Candy

© David Carl Dobbs and How Dobbs Sees it, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to David Carl Dobbs and How Dobbs Sees it with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.