‘Inception’ in real time

Posted by · 9:16 am · December 6th, 2010

To say the least, beware of spoilers here.  And I imagine Warner Bros,. might have this yanked at some point, but it’s intriguing hype for the film, so maybe not.  Courtesy of Buzz Feed:

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  • 1 12-06-2010 at 9:30 am

    McAllister said...

    Wow… makes me want to watch it again (will be the 5th time).

  • 2 12-06-2010 at 9:33 am

    JJ1 said...

    Very cool, if a little dizzying, haha.

  • 3 12-06-2010 at 9:33 am

    Drew said...

    Hmmm. Would this give it some kind of an argument for editing? It certainly seems like that final act would difficult to cut together coherently. And as over elaborate, and at times bloated as I felt it was, they still managed to pull it off.

  • 4 12-06-2010 at 9:40 am

    cineJAB said...

    drew, Inception’s most certain win has to be Film Editing.

  • 5 12-06-2010 at 9:56 am

    Maxim said...

    I, for one, would have liked to know how the speed at which the segments are played in this video relative to each other compare to the passage of time in the movie.

    This is cool. Thouh I have to admit that I was more impressed by the clip that spliced Back to the Future and it’s sequel together. That one spanned two different films and managed to take place in the same setting!

  • 6 12-06-2010 at 9:56 am

    James C said...

    Love this flick and not only props to Lee Smith, but too Nolan for expanding the 3rd act of The Dark Knight and applying that to the last hour of Inception switching to various timelines. Also props to Zimmer’s score really having a stamp in the film.

  • 7 12-06-2010 at 10:01 am

    Maxim said...

    You know, watching this clip I was reminded by how much I liked Cillian Murphy’s perfomance and presence in the film.

    His thoughtfulness really made the film more compelling to me, especially in his last scene near the end. If I had a ballot, he’d be one of my choices.

  • 8 12-06-2010 at 10:09 am

    Loyal said...

    Great video. Oh how I love Inception. Saw it 6 times in theatres, a record.

    Right now I’m seeing nominations for

    Best Picture
    Best Director
    Best Original Screenplay
    Best Cinematography
    Best Editing
    Best Art Direction
    Best Score
    Best Sound Editing
    Best Sound Mixing
    Best Visual Effects

    Hopefully it can win at least half of those. I thought Wally Pfister had cinematography locked up but now there’s Deakins and True Grit to contend with.

  • 9 12-06-2010 at 10:29 am

    Cameron said...

    I’m predicting O. Screenplay (Director seems to be Fincher’s), Editing, Score, both Sound categories and V. Effects.

    Maybe Cinematography and Director (if he’s lucky)

  • 10 12-06-2010 at 10:46 am

    Erik815 said...

    As good as the editing might be, I see Social Network taking that one. Especially if it becomes the nomination leader and the odds-on favourite for Best Pic.

    I would LOVE Zimmer to win best score for this, but the older Academy members might flock to something more traditional. Still, fingers crossed.

    Cinematography will be a fight between this and True Grit, but Deakins’ oscar has been a long time coming, so again I’d rank Inception the underdog in this race (I don’t see any others with a real shot though).

    Visual Effects, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing are Inception’s for the losing. The sound categories are a popular package deal with academy voters, coupled with editing, cinematography, and/or vfx, even when the film that wins them doesn’t sweep (think Bourne 3, the Matrix, Private Ryan, Jurassic Park).

  • 11 12-06-2010 at 10:47 am

    Erik815 said...

    Oh, and nobody beats Fincher this year. Nobody. He’s about as sure as Bigelow would have been last year if Cameron hadn’t even been nominated. That’s how locked up that one is.

  • 12 12-06-2010 at 10:48 am

    Manuel L. said...

    If the film does indeed take all the awards you’re predicting + Cinematography and Director, it’d better damn win Best Picture at the end of the ceremony!

  • 13 12-06-2010 at 10:57 am

    Drew said...

    Cameron, it’s not winning most of those awards that you just mentioned.

  • 14 12-06-2010 at 12:17 pm

    Loyal said...

    I would say wins in Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects are all very likely.

    Editing is slightly less likely but I predict Inception will triumph.

    Cinematography is 50/50 between Inception and True Grit.

    There’s a pretty good chance Zimmer wins Score. Regardless of how you feel about the music, it’s the most iconic score of the year. It’s permeated pop culture in a fashion normally reserved for John Williams.

    Art Direction could go to Tron but assuming it loses everything else to Inception, why not go all the way with a complete Tron shutout.

    Original Screenplay will likely not happen. The Kids Are All Right HAS to win something, right?

    Director isn’t happening. If Nolan knocks Dark Knight Rises out the park and there’s no one else of significance in the 2012 race, he’ll win then, LOTR style.

    So between 4-6 wins. Anything more than 6 and you’re looking at a race for BP.

  • 15 12-06-2010 at 12:28 pm

    Maxim said...

    “If Nolan knocks Dark Knight Rises out the park and there’s no one else of significance in the 2012 race, he’ll win then, LOTR style. ”

    Brilliant self-fulfiling speculatory logic’s at work here. If x knocks y out of the park AND there’s no real competition (!) then x will win. Word. You could replace Nolan’s name and the film with anything else and it would work just as well.

    And as for Zimmer’s score, in a couple of years people wouldn’t even be able to tell it apart from any number of Zimmer’s other punders. There’s no quciker way for the music brunch to bam baaaam baaam itself into shame.

  • 16 12-06-2010 at 12:30 pm

    DylanS said...

    I love how i’m still learning things about this film that absolutely blow my mind.

  • 17 12-06-2010 at 1:39 pm

    Loyal said...

    Maxim, directors wins Oscars all the time for the reason I stated. Nolan would simply be joining a long list of men in similar positions.

    PTA could arrive in 2012 with a masterpiece and find himself in a spot similar to Fincher this year. Spielberg’s Lincoln could be an unprecedented success for him. Or more likely, The Dark Knight Rises could make 500m, earn rave reviews, and sweep the Oscars.

    It’s all a huge question mark for now. But if the quality is there and the box office success, Nolan will most certainly be in the thick of things again.

  • 18 12-06-2010 at 2:54 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    Brilliant. That’s how I would describe Smith’s editing. It’s a tour-de-force of editing if there ever was one. I hope he gets his well deserved Oscar.

  • 19 12-06-2010 at 2:59 pm

    JTag said...

    “Inception’s most certain win has to be Film Editing.”

    Except that isn’t Editing usually packaged in with Picture? In fact, I seem to remember last year that people knew Up in the Air was a definite no-no as soon as it didn’t get an editing nom and Precious did. I would love to see Inception win Best Pic – hope the campaign and the DVD feed the Oscar beast.

  • 20 12-06-2010 at 3:28 pm

    Drew said...

    JTag-thank you for pointing that out. I remeber someone did piece last year on how the three previous best picture winners before The Hurt Locker (The Departed, No Country, and Slumdog) had all won the ACE award as well as both the DGA and the WGA honors. So if The Social Network pulls off wins in all three of those then it’s likley a done deal. Inception could get the editors award but it’s not likley to get the other two prizes.

  • 21 12-06-2010 at 3:51 pm

    Kyle said...

    I’d be really, really surprised if the Kids Are All Right won Best Original Screenplay…more likely depending upon the heat The King’s Speech has, it may win.

  • 22 12-06-2010 at 6:33 pm

    Angry Shark said...

    I really think Ken Watanabe was incredible in Inception, and gave a really powerful performance. But I can understand why others might not think so. It takes several viewings to get.

  • 23 12-06-2010 at 7:58 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I hope this doesn’t win the Sound categories. Loudest film does not equal best sound design.

    And as much as I enjoyed this film, and I really did, watching this just reminded me how lazy some of the stuff Nolan did was… a snow fortress, really? Some dream.

  • 24 12-06-2010 at 9:49 pm

    Drew said...


  • 25 12-07-2010 at 7:10 am

    Maxim said...

    Loyal, I think you somewhat misunderstood what I was trying to say but, looking back I appologize if I sounded mean.

    I think Lincoln is an unquestionable frontrunner and should only benefit from what I expect to be a very accomplished and Oscar winning film in War Horse.

    Nolan can certainly find himself in the Oscar race as well. I just can’t help but feel that, much like Spielberg actually, he find find himself contantly fighting off genre bias due regardless of the quality of his work.

    That said, there is certainly something to the idea that they cannot ignore quality work forever. I may not be as high on Nolan as some people around here but the man is certainly a talent.

  • 26 12-07-2010 at 7:48 pm

    RC of strangeculture said...

    That’s really nice work! Imagine a world without youtube and video’s like this :-)

  • 27 12-08-2010 at 8:53 am

    DRM said...

    I don’t know whether it will win Film Editing, but it has to be considered a strong contender. I just hope Nolan gets nominated for Director. With 10 spots combined in the writing categories, I feel somewhat confident he will be nominated for Original Screenplay. He is overdue for a Director nomination though and I really hope he can get it, but I’m not confident about it at all.