Batman Begins (90%)

Batman Begins (90%)

The death of Bruce Wayne… the conception of something bigger, something iconic, something that can’t be destroyed or corrupted … the birth of Batman.

 BeginsThis film brilliant portrays how the rich billionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) decides to face the corruption and criminality that is running rife in the city of Gotham City after the murder of his parents. Before he can stand up to mob bosses and the corrupt law-men, he must first train and face his own fears. Fears that stem from a childhood accident. Fears that also take him back to the night of his parents murder.

Trained and guided by the secret society ‘The League of Shadows’, Bruce learns how to use ninjitsu, theatrics and fear as tools and weapons. He learns to be invisible even in plain site. He learns the skills to take on numerous foes single handily.

After a conflict of ethics with the League, Bruce leaves the order and returns to Gotham to find that the years away has been very rough on the city. The city is now in a worse position than ever imaginable. The poor are without hope while the rich are corrupt and self-centred. Even the company Bruce’s father built has been turned into a weapons manufacturer.

By reinstating himself into Wayne Enterprise, Bruce teams up with ‘experimental science’ overseer Mr Fox (Morgan Freeman). This loyal friend of Bruce’s father allows Bruce to ‘borrow’ some of the Wayne Enterprises more far-fetched products (items that later become Bat-suit, his gadgets and the Bat-mobile).

With the help of good cop Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), Batman sets to work fixing Gotham. Investigating and taking down the big crime boss of the city unearths a larger plan at work. A plan to reduce Gotham to ruins, a plan to cleanse the city, a plan that is almost already at fruition.

Can the Wayne family save Gotham? No

Can Batman? Just possibly

This film brilliantly portrays the billionaires transition to detective / vigilante and hero of Gotham. It’s genuinely quite dark and scary in places (namely scenes with the villain Scarecrow) although Bale, Freeman and Caine do have the occasional line in conversations to lighten the atmosphere and make you chuckle.

The scarecrow is psychotic and deranged, played chillingly perfect by Cillian Murphy.

It shows how Bruce must make decisions and sacrifices to turn Gotham around. He must drag the prestigious family name through dirt. He must put loved ones in the way of danger. He must being hunted by the people he is trying to save.

This film is probably in my top 3 films and I can’t recommend it enough. The story, script, setting, music, characters and actors are all near flawless. Plus in hindsight this is ‘sequelled’ by The Dark Knight… what a brilliant combo of two films

A must watch by anyone and everyone.

Inception (100%)

Inception (100%)
 and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Leonardo DiCaprio

Unable to return to America to see his kids, Mr Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) must do one last job to clear his name. Failure to clear his name means he’ll spend the rest of his life in prison. Cobb’s only chance of seeing his kids again is to break into the mind of an industrial giant and seed the idea that he, himself, wants to dissolve his father’s energy empire.

If Cobb is caught planting the idea, or the concept is rejected by the power giant Robert Fischer (played by Cillian Murphy), Cobb will be arrested within hours and spend life in prison.

Sounds confusing? Welcome to the world of Inception.

Inception is the term used within the film to mean the planting of a subconscious idea that grows within the subjects own mind to alter their original motive or decision. This is conducted by a team of people constructing a complex dream world within the subjects own conscience; and through interaction or deception within this world, change or steal an object in the mind, that is a metaphor for a thought or memory. When the subject awakens the idea begins to blossom into what the team had planned for.

Man its difficult to explain this film!

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As the team begin their mission inside Robert Fischer’s dream world, Cobb’s own subconscious begins to threaten not only their mission but their very lives.

Iconic corridor scene from Inception
Levitt in the iconic corridor scene from Inception

Dreams within dreams begin to warp your mind and the perceived time in each layer multiples as you move deeper into the subconscious. Several hours in real-time turns into months within the dream world. Lost in ‘limbo’, a layer between the dreams, Mal and Cobb once lived for 55 years, something that caused Mal to lose her grip on reality when they awoke. Racked with guilt of his wife’s suicide, Cobb’s conscious starts to jeopardise everything they aim to achieve. Now the possibility of falling into limbo now threatens everyone’s life, with their only way of escape now to push further into their dangerous mission.

Summary of Inception

This film is an amazing blend of suspense, well done twists, great acting and wonderful special effects. That’s not even to mention the insanely complex and entirely unique story line. How someone can sit down and write this for the first time is well beyond me.

I was going to wrap up by pointing out specific actors who really make this film, but in reality they’ve all put in such strong performances you can’t highlight one above another. Gordon-Levitt and Murphy are two of my favourite actors and its brilliant seeing them performing beside each other.

Bored of the usual Hollywood stories or the novel narrative? Check out Inception! Guaranteed you won’t have come across it before.

Simply put, Inception is a must watch for everyone. Just make sure you’re ready to pay attention!

Infographic
Inception infographic

Infographic: confused by the passing of time in this multi-layered film? Click on and check out this great little infographic showing how the plot plays out. Made by Daniel Wang.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Michael Caine