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HUB Titles: Inception

For most of us, “Inception” was the movie of the summer. It had everything: guns, slow motion and a confusing plot that people would post theories about on the Internet. Now it’s coming to the HUB. Needless to say, I have only good things to say about it. For those of you that will be dragged to the HUB by excited friends, I’ll let you know what you’re in for.

The Premise: Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best information extractor there is. He specializes in stealing information from people while they sleep. Everything goes swimmingly until businessman and goatee-enthusiast Saito (Ken Watanabe) recruits Cobb to perform an inception. He must plant an idea into someone’s head and convince them they have always believed it to be true. The Plot Train rumbles into Confusing Town soon after this, so make sure to put your thinking caps on. Cobb gathers a gaggle of characters, including his buddy Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), to help pull off the inception. Along the way, Cobb encounters training montages, philosophical quandaries and his wife Mal (Marion Cotillard). Because Christopher Nolan directed this, most of Cobb’s problems are solved with guns. Awesome.

The Performance: Between this and “Shutter Island,” Leo’s only problem is figuring out which of his thousands of girlfriends he will bring to the Academy Awards. He plays Cobb magnificently and transitions from smarmy douche to troubled hero in the span of 148 minutes. We feel Cobb’s pain and can truly sympathize with him as he faces his demons. The chemistry between him and Cotillard is fantastic as we ride the marital roller coaster. Unfortunately, saying anything about Cotillard’s character would be a spoiler, so just trust me that she plays the role well. The rest of the cast is Japanese Dude, English Dude, Rich Dude, Drugs Dude and Juno. Their names aren’t that important and you’ll get lost in Leo’s eyes anyway. Finally, Gordon-Levitt is the single biggest badass to ever wear a sweater vest. Everything he does is awesome. When you talk about the action scenes afterward, his name will be in every sentence.

Other Thoughts: I think we’re finally at the point where you can say Christopher Nolan is your favorite director and your film snob friends won’t scoff condescendingly at you. The music, cinematography and special effects are exemplary and make “The Dark Knight” look like a warm-up act at times. This movie proves that Nolan can please the masses even when not being the Robin to Batman’s… Batman. The best thing about this movie, though, is how unique it is. If this script doesn’t win Best Original Screenplay, I don’t know what an original screenplay is. Eventually, the film gets to the point of dreams inside of dreams (like when you dream you’re not wearing pants in ECON and then wake up to find yourself in a dream about giant chickens, except cooler than that and with less evil poultry). It’s confusing at first, but it eventually leads to explosions and gunfights, so the ends justify the means.

Final Verdict: The Matrix. It’s stylish and incredibly badass at the same time. The characters are more memorable for shooting people than their personalities, but you won’t care. One of your friends will insist it’s “totally deep, man” and badger you with Introductory Philosophy definitions. Sit back, relax and take the trip down the rabbit hole. You’ll have an awesome time. Or will you? What is time? What is life? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? My head hurts.

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John Dempsey

John is a Junior majoring in Journalism from Hazleton, PA. He is so awesome that sharks dedicate a week to him.
Likes: Video games, vigilante justice, irony, talking bears, Burt Reynolds, El Chupacabra, coloring books, chainsaws, and Australians.
Dislikes: Zombies, clowns, zombie clowns, turtleneck sweaters, Apple, poor mustache grooming, nuclear winter, Roman architecture, guacamole, robots, LCD TVs, the color yellow, Velcro, ceiling fans, sprinklers, tornadoes, Belgians, squat thrusts, and romantic comedies.

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