Breathtaking at moments, Inception is a film that will entertain you as well as make you think. Directed by Christopher Nolan(Prestige, Memento, The Dark Knight), and featuring an all star cast, this film is more than just good eye candy. Leonardo Dicaprio leads as Dominic Cobb, alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Ellen Paige, and Cillian Murphy, among others. The film takes place all over, in a world where we are able to explore the inner workings of our dreams.

Cobb and his partner Arthur(Levitt) are assigned to Extract secrets for clients from the dreams of competitors, and other important figures. They enter the dreams, and look for a place where something is hidden away. The film starts with them performing said task on a man named Saito(Ken Watanabe),  who in turn tells them he’d like to hire them himself. But this time, rather than extraction, he wants to try an inception. He wants to add an idea, not take one away. In turn, he’ll let Cobb return home after being away from his family for so long.

That’s about as far into the movie’s plot as I’ll go, because this movie needs to be experienced rather than simply summarized.  The trailers give next to nothing away, making the film surprising at every progressive turn. The film is long (around two and a half hours), but it utilizes every minute to its advantage. Every scene is bursting with plot progression, making it hard to follow at first, but you get used to it. I never knew what to expect next, and I suspect the rest of the audience felt the same way. I’ve never seen a film with this kind of a reaction. The audience was enthralled, literally on the edge of their seats. I could hear every laugh, every groan, and every cheer very clearly from all over the theater(and all at the right points too). The script is well thought out, very thorough, and very engaging. 

The action is fun, and tends to be great eye candy with each new dream-based scenario.  The score is strong and epic. It’s heavy on horns, and can sometimes be startling, but it adds to the tension and build-up of each scene amazingly. The cast gives a great performance. The cinematography is beautiful. The CG is seamlessly applied to each scene, never looking fake or out of place. I don’t have a bad thing to say about the film.

Watch Inception. It will require you to pay close attention, but is fully worth it. If you want a movie not based around an existing property, that has a wonderful director/writer, a great cast, grand music, that doesn’t disappoint, here it is.