Written by Christopher Nolan
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, and Marion Cotillard
2 hrs, 28 mins
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Written by Tommy Tran
When Inception came out in 2010, it received massive and well deserved positive reviews. But if you missed the boat go ahead and watch it now. It takes the abstract concept of dreams and turns then into a fully-realized fantasy masterpiece. Things that people commonly know about dreams become the law here. The feeling of falling wakes you up. When you realize you’re dreaming, the dream falls apart and you wake up. These are the genius touches writer/director Christopher Nolan put together, along with a grade A cast.
Inception works because it takes advantage of the dream settings. Laws of physics are bent with mind blowing CGI and special effects. It may be a little confusing, but if you pay attention it all plays out beautifully.
DiCaprio plays Cobb, a skilled extractor. His job is to enter people’s dreams and steal information from their subconsciouses. Saito, played by Watanabe, approaches Cobb with a chance to wipe his slate clean in exchange for inception. An extractor’s job is to take ideas out, but inception is to put ideas in. His partner Arthur (Gordon-Levitt) insists it’s impossible, but Cobb knows it isn’t. He finds an architect Adriadne (Page) to build the world of the dreams. But visions of his wife Mal (Cotillard) only get in the way.
Direction and Cast
Christopher Nolan is a titan of the screen. It’s amazing that one man could write such brilliant fiction. The setpieces are to be marveled at. A car chase/shootout, a snow fortress, and a zero gravity hotel room are just a few.
DiCaprio does what he does best. He’s a man with dark secrets that will destroy him if he doesn’t address them. He and Gordon-Levitt get along well with Page. She is naive and curious and isn’t afraid to push the limits in designing dreams. Her dialogue is crucial and thought-provoking. Nolan’s stellar writing combines well with Page’s top notch acting (it helps she looks the age of the part too, one of the best things about her).
Adriadne may play around, but Inception does not. It is fast paced and easy to miss if you’re not careful. It’s definitely watching twice, even four years later. It has the sheer willpower to go above and beyond and never falls on its face.
Go watch this on Netflix or however you can get it. It’s a visual feast accompanied by a powerful soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. It has already stood the test of time for me. In four years no other film has been able to beat it for me. If you like it as much as I do, you may have trouble falling asleep tonight.