Sunday, July 18, 2010


INCEPTION was a movie I had been looking forward to since I first saw the teaser trailer in theaters. Going into the film I really didn't know that much about it, other than that it dealt with dreams and corporate espionage. The film takes place in a contemporary setting where the technology is available to share dreams. In this world corporate thieves are able to steal ideas from competitors by using the dream-sharing device to delve into the subconscious of the target. The movie drops you right into an action-packed and intriguing dream sequence in which Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is attempting to steal corporate secrets from a powerful executive named Saito (Ken Watanabe).

The mission does not go according to plan, but Saito is impressed with Cobb and his team nonetheless and offers him an opportunity at redemption with a new mission - instead of stealing an idea, Saito wants Cobb and his team to plant an idea into someone's mind instead.  This process is called Inception. Cobb, though an exceptionally gifted dream builder (architect), cannot trust himself to create the dreams and must hire architecture student Ariadne (Ellen Page) to create the dream levels for him. Why he can no longer build these shared dreams is just one of the brilliantly crafted sub-plots to this wholly original screenplay.

While the story is fairly complicated, with the first half hour or so only fully understood upon repeated viewings, director Christopher Nolan lays the plot out in such a way that we can still understand and completely enjoy the film. This is a masterful piece of film-making. The story is emotionally gripping, the special effects groundbreaking, the score unforgettable, and the cinematography beautiful! There is a scene where gravity goes berserk that is absolutely spell-binding! Christopher Nolan is famous for using practical effects as opposed to relying heavily on CGI, and some of the action set pieces leave you baffled as to how it was achieved.

Leonardo DiCaprio did a fantastic job of playing the tortured hero who is trying to hide from his past, while supporting characters like  Eames (Tom Hardy) and Arthur (Joseph Gordon Levitt) really add to the ensemble in a realistic and extremely likable way. Playing the difficult part of Mal Cobb, Marion Cotillard gives a heart-breaking performance as Cobb's wife who he can only see in  his dreams. I am not ashamed to admit that I did tear up a few times in this film. I absolutely loved this movie and recommend it to anyone who wants to be dazzled and have their mind blown by a complex but rewarding narrative. I give this movie four stars!
INCEPTION is rated PG-13 for intense action sequences, some violence, and some scary moments.