Inception
   Director: Christopher Nolan, Warner Bros, Rated M, 148 mins

There is no doubt that the latest release from master director Christopher Nolan is another blockbuster of a movie (similar to his production of The Dark Knight) not to mention a mind blowing experience that requires the moviegoer’s closest attention.
   The audience is taken through a labyrinth of dreams orchestrated by a group of professional ‘dream’ thieves who invade people’s dreams in order to steal their secrets in their unconscious minds.
   The group is led by professional thief Dom Cobb, superbly portrayed by Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond) and includes dream architect Ariadne (Ellen Page from Juno), dream engineer Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt from 500 Days of Summer) and chemist Yusuf (Avatar’sDileep Rao), whose concoctions facilitate deep and prolonged sleep.
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   After what appears to be a botched up job, Cobb is engaged by powerful businessman Saito (Ken Watanabe from The Last Samurai) to get inside the mind of Richard Fischer (Cillian Murphy from The Dark Knight), the heir to a multinational empire.
   Cobb is told to plant the idea of dismantling the empire into Fischer’s sleeping mind while making Fischer believe that he thought of it all by himself.
   It is only Ariadne who realises that the persistent dream presence of Cobb’s late wife, Mal (Academy Award winning actress Marion Cotillard from Nine) - whom Cobb is accused of killing - is not just a persistent sign of lingering grief. It is in fact an important warning that Cobb is on the path to a full-blown mental breakdown.
   Like in The Dark Knight, Nolan has demonstrated that he is a master craftsman behind the camera with his direction being gripping, focused, and fascinating to watch.
   The action sequences are both exciting and unique while the visual effects are simply awesome and mind-blowing. The cinematography is beautifully shot and this is complemented by Hans Zimmer's wonderful musical score.
   Together with a great ensemble cast (headed by the talented DiCaprio), Nolan’s Inception ensures that all of these elements combine to deliver a mesmerising movie experience like no other - sure to leave one reflecting on its premise for years to come.
VIC'S VERDICT:       4 Rubber Stamps

DVD
The Last Song
   Release date: August
   Director: Julie Anne Robinson, Touchstone Pictures, Rated PG, 107 mins

Disney’s soon to be released DVD is a heartfelt coming of age drama based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name.
   Directed by Julie Anne Robinson in her directorial debut, The Last Song stars Hanna Montana’s Miley Cyrus, Australian TV heartthrob Liam Hemsworth (Neighbours) and noted actor Greg Kinnear.
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   It follows the story of a troubled teenager as she reconnects with her estranged father during an idyllic summer in a quiet Southern beach town.
   Having been sent with her younger brother Jonah (Bobby Coleman) to spend the summer with her terminally ill father Steve (Kinnear), Ronnie (Cyrus) slowly begins to reconnect with him through their shared love for music at the same time as falling in love with the son of wealthy parents, Will (Hemsworth).
   With her father close to death Ronnie agrees to assist him in completing what will be his “Last Song”.
   Even though there are flaws in both direction and the plot there are still a number of emotionally charged scenes that highlight some of the better  performances, especially from Ronnie’s brother Jonah (Coleman) and her father Steve (Kinnear).
   Disney’s new DVD also contains a number of interesting bonus features such as a Miley Cyrus music video, “When I Look at You”, the making of the video and an audio commentary.   
VIC'S VERDICT:       3 Rubber Stamps

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