Christopher Nolan is a director who has received a lot of praise for his work. His mind-bending film Memento remains beloved and is still blowing minds. He is also responsible for the extremely popular The Dark Knight, an awful movie that was over-hyped (due in large part to Heath Ledger’s untimely death). The special effects were overdone and the plot seemed to go on forever and end up nowhere. I cannot deny that there were some amazing performances in that movie by its A-list cast, but even they could not manage to make the movie work. This summer Nolan released Inception, which also has an A-list cast, special effects, and a twisted plot, but in this case the combination paid off.
Inception, unlike most summer blockbusters, is an intellectually stimulating film yet it is still easy to follow. It grabs you from the beginning and keeps your attention all the way to the very end. It is a film that can appeal to all movie-goers, proof of which is that the two people I saw it with have very different film taste from mine and we all loved it.
Inception is part science fiction and part action. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb, a talented and creative thief. He is a troubled man haunted by his late wife, and we learn more about him as his secrets and past slowly reveal themselves. DiCaprio’s performance is spectacular as usual, and he brings a real depth and complexity to his character which develops throughout the film.
Unlike regular thieves, Cobb does not steal objects but rather information from people’s minds. He has resorted to crime and cannot return home for reasons which are revealed later in the film. Desperate to see the faces of his children again, he takes a final job from a new client who promises just this. This time, however, he will not be stealing information from someone’s mind but rather planting information in it — inception.
To pull off this difficult task, Cobb assembles a team of the best. Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is his right hand man; new team member Ariadne (Ellen Page) is the dream-world architect; and Eames (Tom Hardy) is the forger. As they go farther into their mental heist it becomes more dangerous, and we learn more about how Cobb is intricately linked to the mission.
This film was compelling because it is about a man who is tormented by his wife’s death and his failure to be there for his children. It is a theme of humanity, love, desperation, and the lengths to which one will go for those loved. The fear of failing your children is something that many parents can relate to. Viewers are intrigued by Cobb’s personal mystery and pull for him to succeed. The heist, action, adventure, and danger keep you wide-eyed and attentive. There are also some pretty impressive special effects, which are elegantly executed without being too much.
Performances are impeccable and the casting is pure perfection. I suppose when you are Christopher Nolan you can afford the best of the best. For the ladies it does not hurt that there are some extremely attractive and talented men dressed in well-tailored suits (I have had a crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt since he was in 3rd Rock From the Sun and he was adorable in (500) Days of Summer).
The concept of Inception is interesting as it questions what the human mind is capable of and the consequences of the ultimate intrusion — infiltrating people’s minds. The film also touches on the real concept of lucid dreaming, where people are aware of and able to control their dreams. The characters within the film begin to question what is reality and what is a dream. They even find those who choose to live in a dream because the dream has become their reality.
Inception is a fantastic movie and, like Shutter Island, it is gripping, DiCaprio is dazzling and the ending leaves you wanting more. I would recommend this film to movie-goers of all types. No movie review, plot explanation, or trailer can do justice to this film; you need to experience it for yourself.Powered by Sidelines