Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Written by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lukas Haas, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Pete Postlethwaite, Tom Berenger, Tom Hardy
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the lead in this mind-puzzling action-cum-sci-fi crime drama. Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) is highly skilled in the art of extraction and considered one of the best extractors around. His job is to extract important information from the mind of the mark by stealing it whilst the mark is dreaming. The dream state is when one is at the most vulnerable and Cobb is able to access the mark’s dreams through a technique called Dream-Sharing. Hired by corporate companies, Cobb’s role is both illegal and dangerous which see’s him constantly on the run.
Cobb and his team are assigned an extraction job which doesn’t work out as planned. Whilst avoiding his employer, Cobb is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to see his kids again by doing one last job. However, things aren’t as simple as they appear. Cobb is asked to perform the near impossible task of Inception, to plant an idea in the mark’s mind. Cobb accepts the job and recruits a forger, Eames (Tom Hardy), his trusty point man, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a chemist, Yusuf (Dileep Rao) and a new architect, a student named Ariadne (Ellen Page). Together they embark on the dangerous task of Inception but are unprepared for the enemy within. Can Cobb overcome his past to ensure the safety of others and pull off the impossible?
I first saw this at the cinemas back in July and i must say, this is one fantastic film on the big screen. The scene in the hotel corridor is fantastic and the film has some really neat action sequences. The film was notorious upon release due to its ‘complicated’ nature, however the film is pretty basic to understand but can be interpretated in many different ways that it has been the topic of many discussions on the net and down the pub. The cast is top notch, and includes Ken Watanabe, Pete Postlethwaite, Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard and Cillian Murphy. Although computerised special effects are used, they are used well and sparingly. I cannot stand films and tv which are full on CGI (V – i’m looking at you!)
I raved about this film after coming out of the screen. But as days went on and i thought about it more and more, it started to dawn on me that this wasn’t as great as i first thought. The taste soon wears off and whats left beneath is a stylish but slightly empty shell.
When you dream, the characters you meet don’t have much of a backstory, and this film is pretty much the same. I think it’s probably intentional to a point, as are other points of the film such as the scenes starting mid-way through, again, like a dream. Christopher Nolan has indeed made a interesting, thought-provoking film, there is no doubt about that. But my only concern is the speed in which it wore off. I think i have this movie pretty much sussed, unlike Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko which still has me scratching my head.
Needless to say, this is still an enjoyable movie and i’m sure you will absolutely love it. Might i suggest you watch on the biggest screen possible with surround sound to really immerse yourself in the world of Inception.