Inception wins 4 awards at IGN’s Summer Movie Awards 2010

Christopher Nolan's thriller about the architecture of the mind
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Sep 21, 2010 11:29 pm

Congrats to Chris Nolan and all people involved! :grooving:

Best Summer Movie

Writer-director Christopher Nolan explores the realm of dreams in Inception, his first film since the acclaimed box office juggernaut The Dark Knight. Inception may be a cerebral film, but it's still one that knows how to entertain the hell out of people. There are shades of the Ocean's films in its elaborate heist sequences, The Matrix at more trippy points, and of James Bond films such as On Her Majesty's Secret Service during its snowbound, action-packed finale. And unlike some of Stanley Kubrick and Michael Mann's films, directors whose influence can clearly be felt throughout this film, Nolan manages to keep viewers emotionally invested in his amoral characters, particularly Leonardo DiCaprio's "extractor" Dom Cobb, and he never lets Inception become too cold or remote. The rest of the top-notch cast -- which includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine, Pete Postlethwaite and Dileep Rao -- certainly help there, too. Simply put, Inception is a breathtaking achievement. In a season full of 3D remakes, reboots, sequels, and empty star vehicles, it was refreshing to us that a piece of terrific but challenging original entertainment such as Inception was so richly rewarded by general audiences.

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Best Effects Sequence
The Folding City

When a LEGO recreation of your movie takes place, you know you've hit the big time. And so The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan must've breathed a sigh of relief when the "Folding City" sequence from his latest (and greatest?) film Inception was transformed, as if in a dream, into a series of tiny little plastic blocks by an uber-fan. (An uber-fan of what, Inception or LEGO, we're not sure.)

The scene was created, of course, by Nolan and his visual effects minions via a series of tiny little pixels. And yet it is so much more powerful than most of the CGI that we see these days. Perhaps that's in part because the sequence, as visually impressive as they come with its city -- streets, buildings, traffic -- folding in and over itself, is in service to the larger story of the film. As Leonardo DiCaprio tutors Ellen Page in the architecture and creation of dreams, the girl begins to experiment with her creation -- a version of Paris -- bending the city at her will. Whereas giant robots and space battles and webslingers are all well and good, this sequence is also effective because it takes place in a real world setting, and yet it transforms it into something surreal and new.

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Best All-Out Brawl
Anti-Gravity Fight

From an action standpoint, the standout sequence in writer-director Christopher Nolan's cerebral thriller Inception is the prolonged topsy-turvy, Matrix-esque donnybrook between Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Arthur -- the longtime point man for extractor Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) -- and a nameless but relentless "projection." The projection is a security agent of the subconscious, if you will -- in this case, a henchman tasked with protecting the subconscious of grieving industrial heir Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy), the mark whose dreams Cobb and his team have invaded to plant a destructive idea within. While Cobb and his crew attempt to escape from Fischer's multi-level dream, Arthur must rescue his "unconscious" colleagues as their world literally and figuratively turns upside down. Floating astronaut-style down the hallways of Fischer's dreaming mind, Arthur engages in brutal, off-the-walls hand-to-hand combat with said projection in a rollicking, visually inventive sequence that combines martial arts, parkour and wire-work as only the imagination of Nolan could so cleverly realize.

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Coolest Weapon
An Idea

"A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules." So says "extractor" Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) early on in writer-director Christopher Nolan's cerebral action-thriller, Inception. Rather than invading the dreams of the rich and powerful to pluck their most tightly guarded secrets from their subconscious -- as he and his team are usually hired to do -- Dom and his crew are tasked with planting an idea into their mark's subconscious rather than stealing one. This weapon -- which includes creating a false sense of catharsis for a grieving heir (Cillian Murphy) so that he will break-up his family's corporate empire, a move that will ultimately benefit the rival (played by Ken Watanabe) who hired Dom -- is the most unique, profound and insidious force of destruction we've seen unleashed in a movie in a long time. Its potential for devastation -- both to a mark's mind as well as to their heart -- is seemingly boundless.

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Sep 22, 2010 5:05 am

Congrats to Inception! It definitely deserves all those awards :totalhappy: , and I especially like An Idea for Coolest Weapon.
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Sep 22, 2010 7:33 am

:veryexited:

All well deserved, best movie I've seen this year and with Toy Story 3 out this year that's no small feat.
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Sep 22, 2010 5:19 pm

YEAAAH! Any news when the Scream Awards Winners are announced?
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Sep 24, 2010 1:03 am

GiveHimTheKick wrote:YEAAAH! Any news when the Scream Awards Winners are announced?
It will be broadcast on Spike TV on October 19th, so in about 4 weeks.
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