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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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Coming out in theaters today is what I’m thinking might be one of this summer’s top  grossing movies, Despicable Me. Granted, that is not saying much as this summer has  been a bit of a bust in hollywood as most of the big “blockbusters” have fallen flat on  their million dollar faces in the box offices of America. In truth the animated films of  this year’s summer movie season have done far better than their live action counter  parts.Shrek Forever After, Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon; the animated movie scene has  been cleaning up the box office money this summer only being out shined by a few  movies such as Iron Man 2 and The movie that I will not name for fear that it’s crappy  writing and glittery vampire drones will infect my blog. In any case, these kinds of  numbers make me believe that Despicable Me will out shine the rest and really bring some  new life to the faltering summer movie scene.

Despicable Me features the talented voice acting of Steve Carell , best known for his  rolls in The 40 Year Old Virgin, and “The Office”, as he takes on the roll of the star  “villain” in this cheeky family movie where an out-and-out self viewed evil master mind  named Gru seeks to lead his army of quirky minions in his greatest and most devious  plot yet, to steal… THE MOON! Muahahaha… sorry. However, Gru’s devious plot is  met with the unanticipated road block made up of three young orphans, played by Miranda Cosgrove,  Dana GaierElsie Fisher, who are placed in his care. What Gru discovers as he tries to juggle his plans to pull off his most evil plot yet, and manage three precocious little girls is that there might be more to life than freeze rays and world domination.

The cast of characters assembled for this movie seem up to the challenge of bringing this monstrous villain to a very happy ending for all families that come to see it. With Jason Segel, of “How I Met Your Mother” and Forgetting Sarah Marshall fame, playing Gru’s arch rival Vector, and broadway and hollywood starlet Julie Andrews playing Gur’s mother the over all casting gets only better with the other voice talents brought to bear through out the movie.

I admit that the initial theatre release trailers had me wondering if I would even be interested in watching this movie as they seemed to only focus on the rivalry  between Gru and Vector, but with the more recent trailers that have been airing lately, in which we learn about the three girls and their role with Gru, I feel like this has more of the makings of a family classic, one that children can easily see with their parents and the parents will not want to shoot themselves for seeing with their kids.

As this is Sergio Pablos first attempt at writing, one can hardly judge the merit of his skill, however,Ken Daurio has more of a track record with his Script writing and with movies such asHorton Hears a Who! and Bubble Boy under his belt, one can bet this movie will carry with it the same family enjoyment that those movie provided.

The 3D element of the movie will more than likely have little in the way of an effect on the success of the movie. 3D seems to be the way the movie industry is going once again now that it has been improved from its red/green glasses of yesteryear. However, I find that the 3D element in a movie does not do much more than make the visuals more fleshed out and realistic, true it can really make a scene pop with beauty or reality, but it will not save or break a movie. As I said, more movies are using this as a tool in their arsenal to bring people into the theaters, so in time it will become quite common place and more than likely will lose its current “wow” factor.

I believe tho, that “Despicable Me” is going to garner some great box office numbers and really bring the movie goers back in to see it again and again. I know I am looking forward to it, and that’s how I see it.

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