Inception – Review
From the mind of director Cristopher Nolan comes what can easily be classified as the year’s best film… before the year is even over. Both written and directed by Nolan, Inception is a multi layered masterpiece that will have you thinking hours after you’ve left the theatre. In fact very few films in recent memory have come even close in its creative originality.
Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.
Lets start with the story. Inception has a deep, multi-layered story that begs for multiple viewings, but is easy enough to follow the first time around. Ariadne (Ellen Page) is brought on as the team’s architect. it’s through her introduction that the viewer is given a road map to Inception’s incredible ideas and framework. There is just enough hand holding to keep pace with the changing plots, but not so much that it actually feels like hand holding. The film runs a brisk two and a half hours. The first hour is your primer.. you may feel a little lost at first, but within that first hour, you will start to feel comfortable in the world thats been created. After that first hour though, when the layers start to open up… this is where Nolan’s genius really starts to shine… a master storyteller. Inception is a well oiled script that would have easily fallen apart in lesser hands!
Next to a great script… A great cast! All of the cast in this film deliver performances equal or better than their best to date. Leonardo DiCaprio absolutely shines as Cobb, passionate yet tormented by his profession, but its the supporting cast that actually blew me away. Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe and Cilian Murphy dishing out the performances of their careers! And I have to make a special note about Joseph Gordon-Levitt (y’know, the kid from 3rd Rock From The Sun). He’s come along way over the last decade with some great roles (The Lookout, (500) Days Of Summer), really proving his acting chops… but Inception has definately thrown this young actor into a new light. Joseph Gorden-Levitt completely kicks ass in this film… and not just the action sequences (the gravity scenes will blow your mind) but in his total commitment to the character, being easily my favorite of the film. The entire cast shows a lot of depth and excellent chemistry from beginning to end.
The visual effects are top notch, the cinematography is brilliant, and the Hans Zimmer score is some of his best work to date! Inception is a feast for the eyes, ears, and mind!
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t that interested in seeing this movie… right up until last week. I don’t know, I just wasn’t feeling it. I actually picked up Memento (which I haven’t seen yet) on blu ray last week to get a little Nolan primer (other than Batman)… but just threw it in the pile. Needless to say its now in the que for this week! Bottom line, Inception is one of the best films in the last decade, and I’m sure people will be studying its architeture (no pun intended) for years to come! If you haven’t seen it yet (I’ve already seen it twice) put it at the top of your list of things to do this week!