Posted on 2/19/11 10:20 PM
Christopher Nolan has done it again. He has made yet another spellbinding film. In fact, he has created a movie that can successfully have five action sequences, from different countries no less, running at the same time whilst still making complete sense and not detracting any bit of the excitement.
Inception is about a team that usually extract ideas from peoples dreams using various devices and methods to obtain important information. Only this time, instead of extracting an idea, the team, led by Cobb (DiCaprio) are to plant an idea. This is far riskier, as taking an idea or information only requires one or two levels of dreams (a dream within a dream for two layers, etc). Inception, however, is the ability to trick the one experiencing the dream, and that requires access to the deep subconscious.
Cobb is experiencing a huge drought in his professionalism as he is now unable to render his own cities or buildings without memories of his deceased wife (Cotillard) coming in to shatter his conscious mind. After being in limbo and losing any concept of time and reality, he has become unorthodox with his methods and his team knows this. They just do not know why, apart from Ariadne (Page): A recruit hired by Cobb to create his surroundings for him, decreasing the chances that their surroundings will be collapsed by his depressing past.
With these troubles at task, Cobb is to now try to get back home to his kids, and the only ticket back is to team up with what appeared to be an enemy (Watanabe) and to plant a thought inside the head of a member of an enemy corporation (Murphy). Can they do it?
There is so much to praise in this movie. Apart from the intricate, well crafted plot (I haven't even touched the tip of the iceberg on this one), everything is top notch: Brilliant acting, especially by DiCaprio, Cotillard, Murphy and Gordon-Levitt (everyone was also at the top of their game); breath taking cinematography and sets, and special effects that will make you question if you are dreaming. Lastly, I want to make note of the absolutely magnificent sound track. It is one of the best scores I have heard in a VERY long time, and it would be a crying shame if it were not nominated for any awards, let alone win them.
This is up there with Nolan's best works. Does it surpass Memento? Depends. Memento was a movie where the viewer begged to know what was going on, only to be welcomed with a twist. Inception, however, brings forth a huge sense of confusion for five minutes, then tries to bring us back to earth with reason. Once we get sucked into this new world, the pace gradually slows down as if it goes with the pace of our thought process. Unlike the twist in Memento, there could be a twist in Inception, or there may not be one. It's open to interpretation, and that's what may win many people over. Inception is a movie that will get into your head and it may never leave (not that you would want it to)
Final Rating: 9.8/10
Keep An Eye Out For: the use of an Edith Piaf song. Don't forget that one of the people in Inception won an Academy Award for a movie based on this French singer.