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Movie Review: Inception – Nolan and DiCaprio Make Movie Magic

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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.

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  • jane Dee

    Well your opinion is crap. A billion dollars says otherwise lady. Heaths death had nothing to do with how well it did.I have been a Heath fan since 1997,then met/worked with him 6 yrs ago. I was anticipating this movie and Heath well over a year before it was to be made! You were not one any of the comic book or comic-con chat sites in 2006 and 2007. If you had been you would have seen the hype over Heath playing the Joker,all well before his death. I am sure a few loser rubber-neckers only came to the movie to see the actor that had passed on, but I seriously doubt that it was a large enough number to make a difference either way. I actually did NOT go to see it, many,many people who truly loved Heath were too sad to go and see it. So the opposite of what you think was true. I am sorry that YOU did not understand the plot or like the movie, but that is YOU. No need to bash a great film that I had no trouble understanding, and you do not need to drag the name of a good man in the mud yet again. Heath, my friend is dead, could you show a little respect please. I am sure in a few years you will be bashing Inception after you review the nest Nolan film. Probably the next Batman film. Maybe then you will have matured and learned respect.

  • Anand

    Saying THE DARK KNIGHT as awful film is the biggest joke of the year

  • Jordan Richardson

    So…the reviewer likes the movie she’s actually reviewing, but you two clowns dump all over her because she didn’t like a movie she’s not reviewing? Ah, the internet.

  • vimaljacob

    ledger was not the main reason tdk was so successfull … heck.. most ppl around the world din even know who ledger was until they saw the joker …. he may have been a good actor .. but thr werent any really famous movies tht he did b4 tdk

  • Jordan Richardson

    but thr werent any really famous movies tht he did b4 tdk

    My brain hurts.

  • Jasmine

    The review is about Inception not The Dark Knight so I don’t see why you’re wasting your time commenting about it. Review’s are opinion so the writer is completely just in saying they did not like the movie that does not mean that you have to agree. Also the writer is not saying that the movie did well because Heath Ledger died, they are saying that it was played up in the media because of that and if you argue with that fact you’re wrong because it was. The writer is also not denying that the movie was successful or well liked they are just arguing why they disliked it. Also Heath Ledger was never in any successful movies until The Dark Knight? Seriously? So Brokeback Mountain, The Four Feathers and other popular films he was in never existed I guess. Also to say the writer is dragging Health’s name in the mud is stupid because she said his performance was amazing, it was the movie itself that was bad. Honestly read past the sentence that says The Dark Knight was an awful movie before commenting because you just end up looking like an idiot. And congratulations for meeting and working with Heath Ledger Jane Dee. Guess what? No one cares! Why do you people waste your time posting this crap?

  • People are entitled to comment on any part of an article they wish, so why are you wasting your time commenting on someone’s comment? Besides, the writer’s assessment of TDK is poor. The movie is not awful nor does she make the case other than she didn’t get where the plot ended up. The film was going to be overhyped regardless of Heath’s death due to the nature of blockbusters and sequels. And Four Feathers is on record at IMDb of grossing $18 mil, so you are incorrect in stating it was popular.

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  • Jasmine

    what happened to the comment policy BC?

  • BC

    It’s sleeping. Next question.