At the Movies

Inception: 10

Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Date: July 16, 2010

Running Time: 148 minutes

Director: Christopher Nolan

Rating Scale = 1 to 10

In an otherwise disappointing summer season at the box office (see Knight & Day, The A-Team) comes Christopher Nolan’s brilliant psychological thriller Inception. Though the film’s running time is a bit long in the tooth, it is no doubt the best movie I’ve seen this year, and perhaps the last decade or so. Yes, you read that correctly. Inception is unlike any movie I’ve ever seen. Sure it borrows a few tricks from movies like Blade Runner, 2001: Space Odyssey, and even latter cult classics like Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days. But the sum of its parts is truly something to marvel. When asked to describe the movie, I told someone that it was one part Bond, one part Donnie Darko, and one part Ocean’s Eleven. I have no doubt that my cinephilic friends will come up with a better way to describe the movie. But bad comparisons notwithstanding, Inception is a dandy.
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