Dreams. Everyone has them, but do we truly know where they come from? Or more importantly, do we know that the thoughts expressed in them are our own? Those are some of the questions I had while watching Inception, a wonderfully intriguing film from director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Memento), now available on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.
Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio (in another fine performance) as Cobb, a man who makes a living extracting information from other people’s dreams. When a job goes horribly wrong thanks to Cobb’s deceased wife Mal (an eerily effective Marion Cotillard) Cobb and his partner Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are asked by the intended mark Mr. Saito (Ken Watanabe) to perform Inception, which involves places an idea in someone’s dream instead of extracting information. Cobb is unwilling at first, until Saito promises to make the problems keeping Cobb from returning to the U.S., and more importantly, his children, vanish into thin air.
What follows is a mind-bending journey that not only offers up plenty of action, but carries a brain as well. This is the kind of movie that takes hold of you visually, and haunts you later with its ideas. I regrettably missed the chance to see this in the theaters, and was kind of weary given the high praise many critics heaped on it, however once I put the movie in, I can honestly say that every compliment was worthy. I wish I could go into more detail, however I think that would spoil anything if you have yet to see the film.
Inception is an effects heavy movie, and those transfer well onto the Blu-ray disc. Even the little details, such as a particularly well done scene involving Ellen Page learning the ropes of building dreams, was clear, and allows you to marvel at the movie right in front of you. This is especially helpful given the darkly-lit style that Nolan tends to take.
There is a good mix of sound here, with a great blend of action and ambient noise. The dialogue, which is equally important, also comes across nicely.
The extras are plentiful, and although they might not crack some of the plots most intricate ideas, they still provide some wonderful insight into the movie itself. One of the things offered is “Extraction Mode” which allows the viewer to watch featurettes that detail some of the movies more stunning sequences. There is also a documentary, “Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious,” that stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and discusses the latest in dream reasearch. At 44 minutes, it is a bit long, however anyone interested in the topic might find it worth a look. There is also the motion comic “Inception: The Cobol Job,” (14:33) which details the moments that happen before the beginning of the film. The comic looked great across the screen; almost as beautiful as the movie itself, however, and this may be intentional on the part of the filmmakers, some aspects looked a little too blurry, but it is a minor quibble at such an interesting aspect. Among the rest are Promotional Art, selections from the movie’s score, and theatrical trailers.
Inception takes a big gamble, but pays off in a big way. This has got to be, hands down, one of the best movies I have every seen, and a definite addition to anyone’s Blu-ray collection.