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Soundtrack review : Inception (Hans Zimmer – 2010)

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Soundtrack review : Inception (Hans Zimmer – 2010)


“Inception” was a mind bending idea and concept from Christopher Nolan. It still is one of my favorite movies ever. Same can be said about Hans Zimmer’s innovative and hypnotic score…

I’ve dreamt a lot while listening to ”Inception”. I’ve imagined a lot of things while hearing this limitless composition. The music helps you fall deeper and deeper through different layers of perception; it shows you things inside you that you didn’t know existed. This score has left a deep and endless echo inside me. I heard it before seeing the movie so my connection with it is personal.

Everything about this score is majestic, out of this world and unique. Every emotion it serves, it does so as if through the most beautiful dream. The action moments make the ground disappear from beneath your feet; just listen to “Mombasa”! The music is modular and it changes around you and according to your mood and desires. The composition that Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe wrote is alive. The dreamy parts are deeper than you can feel, while the best cues, the two odes to dreams (“Old souls” and “Waiting for a train”) strip your soul naked and show you your core. This is more than music, this is the sound of your dreams and memories blending with reality and convincing you that the present might be just an illusion.

I haven’t yet heard a score more hypnotic than “Inception”. It is one of those compositions that are forever part of my being. Listening to it is as natural and familiar as breathing. This score gives me a great high and it can never be replaced with anything else.

And all this before even getting to its unreal epilogue…”Time” is one of the best themes Hans Zimmer has ever written in his incredible career. He must have been in state of grace when he came up with it. The buildup is like a heart beating faster and faster because you found true happiness. This cue is a nod to film music lovers everywhere, a wink from the Gods letting them now that they can peak inside a world where time and space can be bent. Listening to “Time” feels like watching a once in a lifetime natural event that only lasts for four minutes and leaves you in awe and disbelief. Once the final piano notes fade and the world returns to normal you can only feel blessed that you were able to witness it.

Cue rating: 98 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 49 / 49

Album excellence: 100%


Half Remembered Dream
We Built Our Own World
Dream Is Collapsing
Radical Notion
Old Souls
One Simple Idea
Dream Within A Dream
Waiting For A Train


Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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  1. hman 24th November 2016

    good one


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