Inception (2010)

Has Chris Nolan produced yet another masterpiece? Or is it just a dream… 

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy & Cillian Murphy

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Screenplay by: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan

Plot:

Corporate spy for hire, Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) who specialises in stealing ideas from peoples dreams, takes one last job in which if he succeeds will be able to return home to his estranged children but if he fails will be trapped forever in an endless dream.

Verdict:

How exactly is Christopher Nolan getting away with this? Inception marks the third time Nolan has released a film mid-summer blockbuster season that doesn’t actually play by the same rules other summer flicks abide by. With his Batman franchise already top of the superhero class, Nolan it seems can do no wrong when it comes to smart, engaging, challenging and yes, entertaining blockbusters. Inception is yet another strong example that having to use your brain for a mega bucks blockbuster is no bad thing.

And you will be giving your mind a fine workout to keep up with Inception. From the very first scene we are thrown straight into the complex world Nolan has created here and if you dare miss a beat even this early on you’re going to really struggle to catch up later. This could be severely off-putting but just like The Matrix eleven years before it, you become so rooted in this highly original world, your mind doesn’t dare wonder elsewhere.

The Matrix is naturally a perfect comparison, not just because of the idea of another world beyond our own but also the gravity defying action.Nolan is no stranger to big action set pieces anymore, after that flipping truck in, The Dark Knight. Here there is an explosive finale atop an Artic mountain that wouldn’t be out of place in a 007 flick. However what sets it apart is the sheer insanity of it, with the scene taking place within two other scenes; a zero gravity scramble and a bullet ridden car chase. The fact that the three sequences manage to blend seamlessly and remain logical to the premise is just brilliant.

Inception is more than just exploding buildings and mind-bending physics. Nolan has once again assembled a fine cast and the surprising casting of Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt proves joyous. Page and Gordon-Levitt both bring real personality to their roles, displaying mature performances for this kind of material. Brit Tom Hardy deftly provides humour amongst the complexity and Cillian Murphy (now a Nolan regular) brings the right amount of vulnerability needed and crucial for his character.

More impressive however is Leonardo DiCaprio, who after being apart of the humungous success of Titanic all those years ago, could have just cashed in, picking up easy paychecks. But instead Leo has made terrific choices with his films, and his latest pick is one of his best yet. Inception’s very big ideas would be nothing without a convincing lead performance at the heart of it and Leo delivers effortlessly. His emotionally complex performance ensures we believe in his journey and of course, the film itself. So what you have here is a film willing to invest as much into its characters as its action set pieces and a blockbuster that is as challenging as it is entertaining, surely with three such films now to his name, Nolan is just showing off.

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Comments

  1. Benjamin Peters says:

    Agreed. Nolan is box office gold, and I can’t wait for his next films. Inception is a great movie simply because of the fact it requires you to think, to reach for concepts beyond our every day life. I think that’s why people love it. A mind blowing idea, filmed with a great cast, by a director who has great vision….I don’t understand how it didn’t win more awards.

  2. Oh yes it’s a great shame Inception was overlooked but then again it’s hardly surprising, the Oscars year in year out ignore such films, including Nolan’s very own, The Dark Knight, which was the best film of that particular year if you ask me.

  3. MarcusEA says:

    It is hard to try and find fault with INCEPTION, but I agree with Daniel’s review. This movie is breathtaking, not only from a visual standpoint, but also in terms of the script, acting, music, themes… An outstanding piece of work from Nolan. Highly recommend this movie, and for those new to his work, rent MEMENTO. You won’t be disappointed.

  4. Thanks for the comment Marcus, i have seen Memento and you are absolutely right, i was not disappointed! In fact i have seen all of Nolan’s work now, his work is simply amazing!

  5. excellent review of Inception. From the musical score to the art direction, this film was thought through to the smallest detail as the plot itself. I couldn’t agree more with you.

  6. thanks for the comment, everything about the film blew me away.

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