Dreams are the most profound when they are crazy according to Sigmund Freud.
And Warner Bros. Inception is no exception. The fascinating world, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Dark Knight), delivers all of which good dreams (and nightmares) are made of: delirium at its peak.
Dom Cobb—played by Leonardo DiCaprio—is a great thief, but not a typical one. His skills, along with a notable cast of idea extractors, contribute to the world of corporate stealing of priceless secrets buried deep within the subconscious mind. Cobb’s job is to extract the said secrets during the dream state of the mind when it’s at its most vulnerable. His actions have caused him his life and everything he ever adored (kids and a wife played by a beautifully seductive Marion Cotillard), which he seeks to regain when he takes on a last job; however, the description of the job does not ask him to extract a secret. Instead, Cobb and his dream catching crew are given the task of planting an idea in the mind, which could cost him a chance at redemption and his life.
Cobb and Nolan’s direction gives us a world where our minds fail to escape the inevitable: the subconscious state where our history could possibly make us or break us. The subconscious world which the movie creates for the audience to experience is like nothing seen before and quickly evokes the calculating art of M.C. Escher. The shape shifting sets and the puzzle they create is mind boggling to all who experience it. It’s genius.
Inception also loosely, yet firmly, touches a Freudian approach in which in a dream one may be able to help solve or destroy real life; however, the film does take it up a notch by pushing the idea further, creating an intense sequence of action-filled (gun fights and leaps of faith) events with good cinematography and great talent.
DiCaprio’s performance as a master thief is exceptional. The all-star ensemble of extractors also includes Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Letters From Iowa Jima), a delectable Joseph Gordot-Levitt (tv show 3rd Rock from the Sun), a terrific Ellen Paige (Juno) and a never disappointing Cilian Murphy (28 Days Later, Batman Begins).
The film is not your predictable summer blockbuster in which it’s not anime (Toy Story), a sequel or a high-octane action film the summer audience tends to enjoy. The content of the film is not a light one; it is thought provoking and content heavy with topics that could be found in a psychiatrist’s library, which makes the trip to the movies interesting and pleasing.
Inception is phenomenal in its originality. Nolan and the awesome cast create a maze of a story in which one can become easily lost if one fails to pay attention. It’s a great film and it will leave the audience with something to talk and dream about long after watching.
Inception is now playing in West Los Angeles at the Landmark, Downtown Los Angeles’ LA Live Regal Theaters and nationwide.
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