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Cool Videos: Screen Junkies' honest trailer for Christopher Nolan's Inception

Jan. 8, 2013by: Paul Shirey

I have to say, I love Screen Junkies' Honest Trailers.  I don't always agree with everything in them, but damned if they don't make some great points throughout, which are usually echoes of what we've all felt about some of our favorite films.  INCEPTION is a hard nut to crack.  Christopher Nolan's ambiguous, literally mind-numbing sci-fi thriller is a divisive film, due largely to the fact that it never spells things out.  Many attribute this to it being a "smart" film, but I don't think that's the case.  I think it's a philosophical film that is meant to screw with your head in every way that it screws with the characters heads.  And, I thought it was great. 

However, not everyone feels the same.  There have since been numerous explanations and theories, most of them put forth to assuage more delicate viewers that it wasn't all a dream so they can have a happy ending.  Personally, I think they're missing the point if that's all they want, but I digress.  Let's let Honest Trailers do their work.

BRAWWWWWWNNNN:

We can always remember INCEPTION as the film that made such heavy use of the "fog horn" sound effect that reverberates through every trailer made these days (see: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, PACIFIC RIM, etc.). 

Extra Tidbit: Do you think there could ever be an Inception sequel?
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8:23AM on 01/09/2013
"Deafening horn noises" - Hahahaha. That is so true.
"Deafening horn noises" - Hahahaha. That is so true.
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11:22PM on 01/08/2013
Always surprises me when people are confused by this film - the JGL and Ellen Page characters literally only exist to deliver obscene amounts of unnecessary exposition. Everything is spelled out to an absurd degree. This honest trailer could've been much more brutal, Inception was almost as relentlessly tedious as TDK.

The line about dreaming a little bigger sums up my problems with the film. For a movie about dreaming, it sure is boringly literal and unimaginative.
Always surprises me when people are confused by this film - the JGL and Ellen Page characters literally only exist to deliver obscene amounts of unnecessary exposition. Everything is spelled out to an absurd degree. This honest trailer could've been much more brutal, Inception was almost as relentlessly tedious as TDK.

The line about dreaming a little bigger sums up my problems with the film. For a movie about dreaming, it sure is boringly literal and unimaginative.
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7:44PM on 01/08/2013
I've been waiting for this.but its not upto the mark.may be there isnt much to make fun about inception except caine flying kids to cobb.tidbit: iam not expecting sequel to inception,like cobb's team going on another mission? I think that would defeat the purpose of Inception's ambiguous ending
I've been waiting for this.but its not upto the mark.may be there isnt much to make fun about inception except caine flying kids to cobb.tidbit: iam not expecting sequel to inception,like cobb's team going on another mission? I think that would defeat the purpose of Inception's ambiguous ending
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6:54PM on 01/08/2013
Double post!
Can we get an option to delete posts?
Double post!
Can we get an option to delete posts?
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6:45PM on 01/08/2013
meh. Those guys do cool videos, but this one doesn't do it for me.
Check out dark knight rises and prometheus
meh. Those guys do cool videos, but this one doesn't do it for me.
Check out dark knight rises and prometheus
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6:40PM on 01/08/2013

Inception Foghorn

That sound was used in the Inception TRAILER, not in the actual movie!
That sound was used in the Inception TRAILER, not in the actual movie!
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4:15PM on 01/08/2013
*Takei as in Tuh-Kay
*Takei as in Tuh-Kay
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3:53PM on 01/08/2013
I love Inception, but this does make a valid point, why not just fly the children out of the states to live with Cobb?
I love Inception, but this does make a valid point, why not just fly the children out of the states to live with Cobb?
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4:33PM on 01/08/2013
Think about it, Cobb is a wanted fugitive in the States, and is wanted internationally by, at the very least, Cobel Engineering for screwing up the Extraction job on Saito. One, you would think the US govt is keeping an eye on Cobb's kids to see if they do fly out of the States...follow the kids, they find Cobb. Plus it's implied the grandmother has custody of the kids. She seems hostile towards Cobb, so she probably wouldn't let the kids fly out to live with him anyway. Two, is that a safe,
Think about it, Cobb is a wanted fugitive in the States, and is wanted internationally by, at the very least, Cobel Engineering for screwing up the Extraction job on Saito. One, you would think the US govt is keeping an eye on Cobb's kids to see if they do fly out of the States...follow the kids, they find Cobb. Plus it's implied the grandmother has custody of the kids. She seems hostile towards Cobb, so she probably wouldn't let the kids fly out to live with him anyway. Two, is that a safe, viable environment you would want to raise your kids in? Doing risky, illegal jobs, going on the run when you fail...nah, it was a funny complaint in the video but makes perfect sense why it wasn't done in the movie.
3:53PM on 01/08/2013

LOLL

And this boy AHAHAH that made me laugh so hard. Indian seth rogen HAHA
And this boy AHAHAH that made me laugh so hard. Indian seth rogen HAHA
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3:50PM on 01/08/2013
"it never spells things out?" Are you serious? That's basically all the movie does with the dialogue, it's constant exposition and explanation. I really liked the movie, for the visuals, the idea, the music and performances but saying that it's ambiguous!? C,mon Paul. I think that people sometimes mistake an ending where the decision is left for the viewer to make with some sort of twist ending where you have to guess what happened. YOU have to decide what happened at the end of Inception. If
"it never spells things out?" Are you serious? That's basically all the movie does with the dialogue, it's constant exposition and explanation. I really liked the movie, for the visuals, the idea, the music and performances but saying that it's ambiguous!? C,mon Paul. I think that people sometimes mistake an ending where the decision is left for the viewer to make with some sort of twist ending where you have to guess what happened. YOU have to decide what happened at the end of Inception. If you think he was dreaming then he was, if you don't then he wasn't. It's not a case of you founding out what the truth was, it's you deciding on your own!
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3:59PM on 01/08/2013
Hence, the term ambiguous.

am·big·u·ous
/amˈbigyo͞oəs/
Adjective

(of language) Open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning.
Unclear or inexact because a choice between alternatives has not been made.

Again, "Open to more than one interpretation." I think that's pretty dead on. So, yes, I'm serious.
Hence, the term ambiguous.

am·big·u·ous
/amˈbigyo͞oəs/
Adjective

(of language) Open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning.
Unclear or inexact because a choice between alternatives has not been made.

Again, "Open to more than one interpretation." I think that's pretty dead on. So, yes, I'm serious.
4:16PM on 01/08/2013
yeah, I probably shouldn't quote you on "ambiguous" ;) I don't know what happened there, I was trying to argue with your statement that it "doesn't spell things out for you" and then I immediately switched to my problem with some people's "problems with the ending (which wasn't even directed at you). What can I say, I'm tired after work...
But I still stand by my opinion that the movie is spelled the fuck out.
yeah, I probably shouldn't quote you on "ambiguous" ;) I don't know what happened there, I was trying to argue with your statement that it "doesn't spell things out for you" and then I immediately switched to my problem with some people's "problems with the ending (which wasn't even directed at you). What can I say, I'm tired after work...
But I still stand by my opinion that the movie is spelled the fuck out.
1:23PM on 01/08/2013

Real-life stakes

That was pretty good. The best was when they said JGL's character is there only to explain the plot to the viewers. And in response to HoyleHaw about the lowered stakes because, after all, they're only dreaming, I disagree. Part of it is that you become so engrossed by the plot, you almost forget that what's happening is just a dream. And to me, that was kind of the point. But also, it's explained that if they fail the mission, the "worst case scenario", then Saito doesn't make the call to
That was pretty good. The best was when they said JGL's character is there only to explain the plot to the viewers. And in response to HoyleHaw about the lowered stakes because, after all, they're only dreaming, I disagree. Part of it is that you become so engrossed by the plot, you almost forget that what's happening is just a dream. And to me, that was kind of the point. But also, it's explained that if they fail the mission, the "worst case scenario", then Saito doesn't make the call to clear Cobb of his charges for allegedly killing his wife. Meaning he'd be arrested and thrown in jail for 25 to life. Meaning he doesn't get the happy ending of being reunited with his kids. Can't speak for anyone else, but those were high enough stakes for me to be personally invested in the outcome.
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2:00PM on 01/08/2013
At the same time though, Cobb is an illustrious criminal in Europe who only has to fear mercenaries called in when he messes up a job and then they disappear. If he fails, he doesn't go right to jail, he goes back to running around the world, able to get on airplanes at will without being on no-fly lists (assuming he uses fake IDs); so does he really need a clean slate?

Also, so little time is spent on his personal life and devoted instead to the plot, that most people don't care if he sees
At the same time though, Cobb is an illustrious criminal in Europe who only has to fear mercenaries called in when he messes up a job and then they disappear. If he fails, he doesn't go right to jail, he goes back to running around the world, able to get on airplanes at will without being on no-fly lists (assuming he uses fake IDs); so does he really need a clean slate?

Also, so little time is spent on his personal life and devoted instead to the plot, that most people don't care if he sees his kids again, they just want to see the inception work for the sake of having it work. In that regards, the stakes are quite low.
2:08PM on 01/08/2013
The difference this time, however, is Cobb is on a plane to the United States as he's trying to perform the inception. If he fails, the minute he tries to clear customs, his name will pop up and he'll be arrested. He has no way to stop the plane from landing, no other way to get off if he fails. He can't just go back to running around the world this time. One of the big themes in the movie is a leap of faith. Cobb believes he can successfully do the inception, and he believes that Saito will
The difference this time, however, is Cobb is on a plane to the United States as he's trying to perform the inception. If he fails, the minute he tries to clear customs, his name will pop up and he'll be arrested. He has no way to stop the plane from landing, no other way to get off if he fails. He can't just go back to running around the world this time. One of the big themes in the movie is a leap of faith. Cobb believes he can successfully do the inception, and he believes that Saito will follow through on his promise. To me, that tension present throughout the mission, along with his quest to be reunited with his children (which I very much wanted to see. Guess that part depends on the viewer, but I feel like a lot of people understood his dilemma and sympathized with it), was definitely evidence of very high stakes.
10:14AM on 01/09/2013
Okay, true, his kids do offer stakes. But I also think much more is made of limbo than really ought to be, from a dream point-of-view. Unless it means you go into coma (which is never suggested), limbo is just a virtually expansive world of memories, and probably not the end of the world.
Okay, true, his kids do offer stakes. But I also think much more is made of limbo than really ought to be, from a dream point-of-view. Unless it means you go into coma (which is never suggested), limbo is just a virtually expansive world of memories, and probably not the end of the world.
12:56PM on 01/08/2013
Haha... that was funny!.. "The cast of The Dark Knight Rises" ...I just call them the Nolan cast.
Haha... that was funny!.. "The cast of The Dark Knight Rises" ...I just call them the Nolan cast.
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12:48PM on 01/08/2013
Not the best ever, but still pretty good. The thing that always bothered me about the movie (which I really enjoyed) was that the stakes become a lot lower when you consider they are just dreaming. Time is relative to the dream world, but in the real world it should be the same. When you wake up you are still alive, and okay, and maybe you had an epiphany, maybe it feels like a hundred years went by, but worst case scenario, they don't complete their mission. We're never exposed in the real
Not the best ever, but still pretty good. The thing that always bothered me about the movie (which I really enjoyed) was that the stakes become a lot lower when you consider they are just dreaming. Time is relative to the dream world, but in the real world it should be the same. When you wake up you are still alive, and okay, and maybe you had an epiphany, maybe it feels like a hundred years went by, but worst case scenario, they don't complete their mission. We're never exposed in the real world to what happens when a dream world goes bad, unless you count Mal's delusions.
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12:06PM on 01/08/2013
Thought that one was really funny. I thought Inception was OK but that video makes it look like shit. Brings up some good points too.
Thought that one was really funny. I thought Inception was OK but that video makes it look like shit. Brings up some good points too.
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11:57AM on 01/08/2013
Meh. I like how they pointed out JGL is only there for exposition, but most jokes/observations weren't funny. If you have to resort to saying bad guys don't hit anything (even though they shoot Saito) you know something is wrong.
Meh. I like how they pointed out JGL is only there for exposition, but most jokes/observations weren't funny. If you have to resort to saying bad guys don't hit anything (even though they shoot Saito) you know something is wrong.
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12:23PM on 01/08/2013
Plus bad guys with bad aim appear in every action movie ever made.
Plus bad guys with bad aim appear in every action movie ever made.
1:56PM on 01/08/2013
I guess, but since it's a dream and there's no real antagonist, the characters getting winged and brushing it off since it's just a dream would have been welcome. If this didn't want to be another summer blockbuster, they shouldn't have rented the henchmen from one.
I guess, but since it's a dream and there's no real antagonist, the characters getting winged and brushing it off since it's just a dream would have been welcome. If this didn't want to be another summer blockbuster, they shouldn't have rented the henchmen from one.
11:45AM on 01/08/2013
This one really isn't funny. Except when he explains the cast.
This one really isn't funny. Except when he explains the cast.
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