Inception. From the immense depths of Christopher Nolan’s mind(or dreams), he gives us his interpretation of a newly discovered gateway into a person’s mind though the dreams. With prominent tools at his disposal, Leonardo Di Caprio, Ellen Page and ready to burst, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The trio that leads a group through the minds of prominent figures in dreams to discover secrets. This futuristic thriller is sure to keep you glued to the screen and asking yourself, “is this a dream”.
We first come into this movie with a “I hope this gets explained very quickly, because im lost” sequence that has Cobb, played by Leonardo and Arthur, by Gordon-Levitt, blasting there way through a a dream within a dream attempting to steal secrets from a prominent CEO. With your mind in a knot, they continue on describing the nature of this “dream invasion” and quickly introduce Ellen Page’s character into the mix. This is after discovering Cobb’s only way home is through a tasked rarely completed before, Inception. Injecting an idea into someone’s dreams. This concept is played with for the next 2 hours of action, with a focus on Cobb’s personal life and how it tosses a fly in the ointment.
Since many of the readers have most likely watched the film and are till drooling from the mouth about the infinite possibilities of outcomes and mind-blowing plot twists, I am going to rain on your parade first. As im sure this will be considered for a spot on the best films of all time list, I will point out that if it were, it would be accompanied by films that have a common thread. That is, they all share excellent character development. It is understood that Christopher Nolan focused on the plot more than anything, but I believe this caused a not well rounded movie. From Ellen Page’s awkward transition into “The Know” of Cobbs whole life, to most of the supporting cast having no background, for me it presented an awkward feeling.
Yes don’t worry, I think the plot was a masterpiece. I’ll keep it short and simple, from the originality to the twists and turns and hangers, Nolan proved himself once again, a wizard of action based plots. This is partly because I believe no plot can be too complicated to follow, if it has a direction.
My reaction to this film is, as I’m sure I shared with many others, wow. It opened doors of thought and left us all with different interpretations. In this rare case, the masterpiece plot, overshadowed the lack of character development, and resulted in an incredible film.