Inception

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Your mind is the scene of the crime

2010

Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Crime, Drama

Starring:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabee, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard

Summary:
Sometime in the unspecified future, technology allows people to share their dreams such that anyone can enter and participate in the dream of someone else. Dom (DiCaprio) is an expert in dream sharing, but due to an unknown incident is a wanted criminal in the United States, on the run and unable to see his children. To earn enough money to buy his freedom, Dom has become a man-for-hire, offering his services to the highest bidder to extract valuable information through the dreams of unsuspecting victims.

When his latest job goes awry, Dom is hired by a powerful billionaire (Watanabee) to plant an idea inside the head of a wealthy heir (Murphy) using shared dreams. Dom must assemble a highly skilled team including his right-hand man Arthur (Levitt), an architect (Page) and a forger (Hardy) to build dreams within dreams. Unfortunately, Dom is hiding secrets about his past, and the entire team ends up in danger from the memory of Dom's wife Mol (Cotillard) who mysteriously died several years before but still haunts Dom's sub-conscious.

Response:
There is something about director Christopher Nolan's movies that make me want to immediately go see them again (Memento, The Prestige). He has an uncanny knack for choosing movies that mess with your head by overturning everyday notions of reality and truth, and Inception is no exception (huh, that's an odd sentence).

I've always been a fan of DiCaprio, and he yet again proves that he's great at strong dramatic lead roles. There's not a whole lot of humour in this film and none of it for DiCaprio's character, but he plays the tortured genius flawlessly throughout. I really liked the ensemble cast as well, with everyone playing off each other really well despite the extremely fast pace. The only character that fell a bit short was Ariadne, and this was through no fault of Ellen Page, just the writing. I just felt that she adapted to the technology and Dom's secret far too easily. Seriously, if you found out you could design and control world's in people's minds, would you really go "oh cool. Now tell me about what went down with you and your dead wife."?

The plot was complex, but with these kind of movies that's only to be expected. I really liked the combination of sci-fi elements with classic con movie elements (assembling and training the new team members, fooling the mark, racing against the clock). The mystery behind Dom's creepy and beautiful wife added even more to the already bursting storyline, but it all blended well and never felt forced. In fact, the pacing of this movie was one of its most impressive and subtle attributes - never dull, sometimes frenetic, other times eerily quiet, but never rushed. And despite the potential confusion of a dream within a dream within a dream within a - you get the idea - the story was remarkably clear. Well, clear up until the ending when Nolan throws a simple but rocketing curveball.

And that brings me to the best part of Inception - the ending. It's pretty obvious throughout the film that there's going to be some unexpected twist. I was dreading an overly simplistic ending where Dom wakes up and finds out the whole thing was a dream. Luckily, Nolan is far more clever than that. By leaving the audience wondering with nothing more than a simple visual, Nolan forces the viewers to question reality long after the movie is over.

Point Blank:
Combines the best elements of The Matrix, Abre Los Ojos, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Memento to create one smart and mind-bending ride.

I love your review

I love your review and completely agree about adriene: i love your comment:

"if you found out you could design and control world's in people's minds, would you really go 'oh cool. Now tell me about what went down with you and your dead wife."?

x rhea