Super (2011) Trailer

Super is an action comedy film about an everyday guy (Rainn Wilson) who transforms himself into wannabe superhero the Crimson Bolt after his wife leaves him for Jacques (Kevin Bacon), a suave drug-dealer. Joined by teen-sidekick Libby (Ellen Page), the duo engage in war against crime and look to take down Jacques and his empire. Directed by James Gunn, Super stars Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon. The film opens on April 1, 2011 on a limited release.

Inception (2010) – Movie Review

Inception is a dream-manipulating science fiction film directed by Dark Knight’s Christopher Nolan.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe and Dileep Rao in "Inception"
Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe and Dileep Rao in "Inception"

The movie centers around Dominic “Dom” Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a thief who extracts ideas from people’s dreams. Cobb doesn’t work alone, he has a team of equally talented people — Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Cobb’s "Point Man" and researcher, Nash (Lukas Haas), architect for the dream world.

When Cobb’s mission of stealing Saito’s (Ken Watanabe) corporation business plans fails, Cobb and Arthur plan a runaway. Saito shows up through his helicopter and reveals that Nash has betrayed them and offers them a job of inception by secretly implanting an idea in the mind of his corporate rival, Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) in order to prevent a global monopoly.

Cobb assembles his team with new members — Eames (Tom Hardy), a forger who changes identities inside dreams, Yusuf (Dileep Rao), a chemist who composes sedatives for dreams and Ariadne (Ellen Page) architect student whom they train as their new architect. Similar to DiCaprio’s previous film, Shutter Island, Cobb is continually haunted by his deceased wife, in this case, Mal (Marion Cotillard), which is discovered by Ariadne. Cobb reveals to Ariadne that he and Mal spent decades in a limbo dream world until one day, Mal commited suicide because she cannot differentiate dream from reality anymore and she incriminated him in her death, forcing Cobb to flee the U.S. to avoid murder charges. Cobb’s main goal in his final mission is to go back to the States to unite with his children, whom show up in his dreams as often as Mal.

In the final mission, Cobb and his team is joined by Saito as they share the same flight as Robert Fischer from Sydney to Los Angeles. They drug Fischer and sedate themselves in order to enter the dream world and bring it to as deep as the third level. However, unexpected, they are assaulted by mercenaries projected by his subconscious mind as he was previously trained to protect himself from extractors like Cobb. As a result, Saito becomes critically injured but unlike unsedated dreams, dying will not make him awake if the person is still sleeping, instead, it will make him stuck in the dream. The team enters into as deep as the third level of dreams. The first level involves car chase, the second level involves a hotel while the third level involves snowy mountain fortress where Cobb’s subconscious Mal kills Fischer to push Cobb and Ariadne into the fourth level in order to find Fischer and later on, Saito. In order to wake up from the sedated dreams, one must experience a “kick” — a sudden falling sensation, in which case, Cobb’s team has properly planned with Yusuf started off early by driving the van into a river, Arthur blowing up the hotel’s elevator and Eames blowing up the mountain fortress.

Although in the end, Cobb is seen as awakened in the plane with everyone else, including Saito, and is reunited with his children back home. There are many questions still lie around to leave us ponder when Cobb spins the top to test whether it is a dream or a reality.

Overall, Inception is like a labyrinth of dreams that is created by a top-notch architect. It may contain paradoxes, vivid cinematography and delusions.

My ratings: 9 out of 10.

Whip It (2009) Trailer

Whip It is the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore about Bliss (Ellen Page), a rebellious Texas teen who throws in her small town beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller derby. Starring Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wigg, Juliette Lewis, Sarah Habel, Whip It opens on October 2, 2009.

Inception (2010) Trailer

Inception is an action sci-fi thriller about a CEO-type becomes involved in a blackmailing scandal. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Inception opens on July 16, 2010.

Smart People (2008) Trailer

Smart People is a movie about the life of a widowed professor, Professor Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid). Also starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church and Ellen Page (yes, the star of Juno).