The last time I did a movie review on this blog was almost two years ago. Every once in a while there is a film that’s good enough I thought I’d blog about it, but inevitably always change my mind. In the world of Twitter, facebook, and all it’s instant short feedback capability, movie reviews sorta took a back seat in this blog.
That is, until a movie like Inception comes along.
Ever since I first heard about Inception, the mere knowledge that is is directed by Christopher Nolan and lead by Leonardo DiCaprio. I know it is something that shouldn’t be missed. While I expected a good film, the movie delivered way more than what I had expected.
If you’re familiar with Nolan’s work, I can only summarize Inception as having the twists of Memento, the drama of Prestige, and the spectacle of The Dark Knight.
While I could never pen down the intricacy and complexity of the movie on this blog, for those who does not want to have the slightest spoiler, you should stop reading now, and immediately make sure you get the tickets to the next screening.
Don’t miss it!
In essence, Inception is an original sci-fi film with a heist theme, but I’m doing injustice to the multi layered plot and all it’s intricacies here.
DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, the Extractor, a man who specializes in subconscious security, invading dreams and stealing ideas in corporate espionage. In his team there’s Gordon-Levitt as the Point Man, who researches the target. Ellen Page was recruited as the Architect to create the scenes in the dream. Then there’s also a Forger, and a Chemist.
Ken Watanabe plays Saito, the client who hired Cobb, but instead of stealing ideas, Cobb is asked to plant a new idea in the target – Robert Fischer (by Cillian Murphy). The difficult part is of course, ideas has to be original, and when it is not, you always remember the origin.
It is with this premise that the movie develops its multi layered plot that demands and ultimately rewards 100% concentration to every details and development in the entire film. The last hour or so of the movie is nothing like I’ve ever seen before, the climax that never ends. (reminds me of pigs’ orgasm)
While the visual effects (with computer graphics only when absolutely required) are spectacular, it was never blowing things up for the sake of blowing things up. Everything shown is necessary and every aspect of the film adds up to make a viewing experience unlike anything else.
The excellent cast and sound track definitely carried out the story beautifully. Leonardo DiCaprio did not need to carry the weight of the movie, but delivered an excellent performance yet again, Ellen Page and Michael Caine sorta did their usual roles, and Marion Cotillard must have left one of the strongest impressions while not having that much screen time.
Just when you think the movie industry is void of creative ideas with studios seemingly only keep investing on sequels, prequels, and reboots, Inception is definitely a very strong reminder that all is not lost.
I hate to sound like a fanboy, but Christopher Nolan really did outdone himself in this one. I haven’t yet manage to find a weak point in this movie, and will definitely watch it again. Right now it’s a 10/10 for me.
p/s: Got the screening tickets from Nuffnang, thank you Robb!
Just got back from watching Madagascar 2 a while back, and I must say this is one of the few rare movies that is actually better than the first one.
The story is a bit of a continuation from the previous show. After a short recap of the first movie, Alex the lion, Melman the giraffe, Marti the zebra, and Gloria the hippo embarked on a plane ride to get back to New York with the penguin crews and the lemur king but inevitably ended up in Africa.
The whole story is littered with so many funny moments and stupid jokes it was hilarious. My favorite scene would be the penguin accident (I shall not give any spoilers, but nice touch on the egg!)
Do catch the movie especially if you liked the first one!
Cindy (the infamous MDG winner) and me
I took a picture with the infamous Cindy for a tumpang glamor moment. There were a lot of familiar faces I saw from the Nuffnang/Nokia Silent Halloween party who were there too. Bravo to nuffnang for another awesome movie premier.
Haaaaaaaaaaa! It’s movie screening time again! I missed the last two Nuffnang movie screening due to various reasons, but I’m going to make it to the Madagascar Escape 2 Africa screening.
In fact, not only I am going to make it, I have 30 tickets to give away to 15 of you as well, and by the way, did you know that the island of Madagascar has both the biggest and smallest species of chameleon? Yes, I do have a lot of useless information in my brain partly thanks to the Discovery Channel.
Well firstly, the details of the premier screening:
- When? 4th November 2008
- Time? 9pm
- Where? GSC Mid Valley Hall 3
- Ticket Collection? 7:30pm till 8:15pm (don’t be late!)
Well how do I get a pair of tickets then?
Easy, just write an entry on your blog featuring the Madagascar Escape 2 Africa poster above, as well as a link to this blog. After that, leave a comment with the link to your Madagascar post and your correct email address on this post so you can be contacted to confirm your attendance.
The first 15 people to do that gets a pair of tickets each; and since I’m in such a great mood, whoever comes up with the best post will also walk away with a pair of Penguin speakers! (ok la the iPod is not included)
I need to compile the list of winners as soon as possible, so get going already! If I haven’t gotten 15 entries by 24th October, I might just randomly give the tickets away or something.
Judging from the success of previous Nuffnang movie premier screenings, I think this one’s going to be a blast! See you there!
Nuffnang is doing it again, and instead of just a usual movie screening (Made of Honour), this time it is something that really entices me, a movie screening with 8 course meal at JW Marriott! I am salivating just thinking of it, slurps!
I don’t care if I have to wear formal monkey suit, black shoes, or an evening gown, I just have to get my invitation to this event on 12th June, I can’t wait, I can’t wait!
My FlipFlop Flippy score, beat it, 😀
Actually I was already playing this FlipFlop Flippy game from Hong Leong Bank when it was first launch, the thing is actually damn addictive. (goddamn electric eel!) So when I saw the email from Nuffnang, I know I should be able to do good enough to qualify. I tried it again and scored myself a respected 12750 grade “A” result!
Then I saw Tim online, and I figured I’ll challenge him on this, the dude was, as usual, way too overconfident and take on my Char Kueh Teow bet in an instant!
yeay free char kueh teow for me!
And he only did a 5400. Wahahahhaaha, lets see if he can do any better before the deadline. One eye pirate!
Update: Latest Score!
Update: Latest Score again!!! at 20/5/2008!
I WIN I WINN!!
Update: More score!! 2/6/2008