January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #12 of the 48.
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Initial Viewing Memories – Saw his not long after t came out and was immediately drawn in by the very unique and innovative story telling by Nolan who is always at the forefront of such fresh ideas.
“What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient… highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed – fully understood – that sticks; right in there somewhere.” – Cobb
Number of Times Seen – 7 (3 Nov 2010, 2011, 2012, 24 Oct 2013, 28 Mar 2016, 8 Sep 2019 and 8 Jan 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A team of experts are hired to infiltrate the dreams of a executive in order to place a thought in his mind that will change his company’s future.
My Take on it – Spectacular film that is so mind blowing no matter how often one watches it. The cast is superbly chosen and Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are both superb in the lead roles. The supporting cast is also great. Christopher Nolan is known for being an innovative screenwriter and director and has been able to give is so many movies to savor for years to come due to the high concepts that he uses This film is no expection and allows us to see a new and unique view of the way we all perceive dreams. The story is so complex and layered that it’s guaranteed to make your head spin no matter how often you get to see this. The special effects utilized here are spectacular because they lend in to the story so well that there is never any question as to what is real or not. Very deserving of all of it’s awards and nominations and unfortunately wasn’t able to win Best Picture or Director that year. The story is able to deal with some great concepts and they do it all in such an extraordinary way and remains so enthralling even after numerous rewatches. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In spite of this movie’s extensive surreal effects sequences, the majority of visual effects throughout the movie, such as the Penrose stairs, rotating hallway, mountain avalanche, and zero-gravity sequences, were created through practical methods, not through the use of computer graphics imagery. This movie only has around five hundred visual effects shots, as opposed to most other visual effects epics, which can have upwards of two thousand visual effects shots. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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