In what is becoming a trademark, Christopher Nolan throws the audience headfirst into his world. No credits, just Cobb (DiCaprio) washed up on a beach with no explanation.
I won't tell you anymore, it's explained, so, the less you know, the better. This movie is made for a personal interpretation, a personal experience, and the less you know about the world beforehand, the more the story takes you in.
This film is perhaps an entirely unique experience, much like Nolan's other film, "Memento" (which is great) he creates a complex way of manipulating time and place within a film. All the while, however, he maintains his ability to present the structure in a way that is, at the very foundation, understandable to most through pictures and words. Don't get me wrong, you have to listen, learn, and watch, to fully understand what's going on. Every minute of the 2 1/2 hours is there for a good reason, none of it is wasted. The structure of the team, structure of the dreams, even the structure of the movie itself, and how they tie together, is all woven very finely together in a nice warm smooth blanket. It's a big blanket though, and if you don't put some effort into it, it will just cover you up and you'll be in the darkness, lost, in limbo. ;)
This film operates on so many different levels figuratively and literally, that the end of the film is more tense than anything I've seen in a long, long time.
It's hard to describe.
What I can say is, it works emotionally, it works intellectually, it just works. With some great action, great acting, and great directing, this movie is at least on the surface, slick and polished. That hopefully will grab those not interested in having anything planted in their mind. The special effects are also amazing, the dreams in the film are great, and the whole concept of the dreamworld as the characters use it is utilized to the full extent through the effects, which like I said, are great, great, great.
Christopher Nolan is fast becoming one of the "new masters" of cinema, and Inception is just the thing that he needs to bring to the table to show that the game can still be changed and enhanced. This film will most likely win an Oscar for the editing at the very least.
I know this review maybe very vague, but that's how it needs to be. This is a great film, and if you liked the Dark Knight, you'll at least like this a little (most likely alot).
This complex caper is a rarity in film, it succeeds on nearly every level. Aside from the hiccup pushing aside it's supporting casts' characters and their backgrounds, it overcomes any flaws with such flying colors in other departments, you can't start to care. It's smart, it's fun, it's entertainment at it's finest. I'm seeing it more than once.
Definitely go to see it if you like:
The Dark Knight
Anything with Leonardo DiCaprio in it.
Science Fiction films.
If you're iffy, catch a matinee, but I believe it's at least worth a try.
I apologize in advance for typos I'm very tired.