If you want an action-thriller that will make your mind twist and turn in a million different directions, look no further than Christopher Nolan’s latest work of art, Inception. With an A-List cast of stars, Leonard DiCaprio leads the way as Cobb, the mastermind behind the process of Inception that will take place inside a young heir’s mind. Teamed up with Cobb are Arthur (Joseph-Gordon Levitt) and Ariadne (Ellen Page) .
Cobb is a thief who specializes in a different type of stealing; extracting secrets from one’s mind while in the dream state. As the film begins to take off, we see Cobb and Arthur inside the mind of Saito (Ken Watanabe). Cobb begins to inform Saito of how the process of extracting ideas from his mind work, but in order to be protected, he must allow Cobb inside his mind to gain these secrets. This opening scene sets us up for a reocurring theme in the movie, which just so happens to be Cobb’s wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard). Everywhere Cobb goes in the mind of the subconscious, Mal continues to reappear somehow spoiling what Cobb is trying to accomplish. As we progress, we find out that Cobb is not allowed back in the states because of pending charges that he has killed his wife. Saito offers a proposal to Cobb for one last job, thus the term Inception. Inception is the idea of planting an idea into someone’s mind as opposed to stealing the ideas. While seemingly impossible to his partner Arthur, Cobb claims it is possible. After offered a chance to go home if he can pull the process off, Cobb jumps on the opportunity to be with his two children back home. Cobb’s mission will be to enter the mind of young Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) in an attempt to break up the empire which Fischer’s father has built. In doing so, he is asked to find a team of specialists to create the dream world in which they will be entering. Cobb first goes after a designer of dreams, landing on a young student named Ariadne. Ariadne is to develop all the remarkable worlds that the team will wonder through while trying to navigate through the subconscious mind of Fischer. Problem is, with the process they are trying to pull off they need much more than just a world. They need a few different levels of worlds, longer amounts of sleep time, someone who can mask himself to look like others, all while battling what is referred to as “subconscious projections” that try to defend the subconscious from succeeding in their mission, including Cobb’s wife. As the movie twists and turns, you find out more about the dark secrets that lie within Cobb.
The set and music stand out to amaze not only the eyes, but the ears as well. Every scene seems more and more complex than the last. You are taken to worlds such as beaches, hotels, snowy mountains, and buildings that reach to the sky. Each scene is complemented by music so well that you feel as if you are actually in the world yourself, clinging to every intense moment as the characters do. In some spots, the scenes move slowly to accentuate how much time the team of specialists has in this dream world. Nolan has created something here that seems unimaginable yet has somehow managed to fit everything in just perfectly for this to work.
The cast is absolutely remarkable, with DiCaprio leading the way, bringing into question how this man has not won an Oscar yet. Levitt manages to be a good teammate for DiCaprio in the sense that he brings the sensible personality to the unsensible character of DiCaprio. And Ellen Page is just her normal, wonderfully skilled, acting self. She is the deepest one of the lot in that she needs to know all the details, and analyze every aspect before embarging on the journey with the crew. If you don’t know Ellen Page well enough yet, after watching this, you will feel the need to watch anything with her in it.
This movie gives us what we want; action, suspense, and something to truly think about. Where in most head movies these days you get watered down plot, with watered down acting, Nolan has given us the pick of the litter stars and put them in a world that not only leaves you on the edge of your seat, but grabbing onto the arms of the chair waiting for what happens next. Here you don’t need to wear 3-D glasses, and you don’t need the entire thing explained in the last 5 minutes of the movie. It is simple enough to follow, yet complex enough to keep your mind moving. I’ll give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. Go see Inception and let your mind open up. You’ll be glad you did.