Markus Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout.
A very long and overly complicated movie, but the end result is worth it. The movie is called “Inception” and it is written and directed by Mr. Batman himself, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Memento) and stars Leonardo DiCaprio (Shutter Island, The Departed), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer), Tom Hardy (RocknRolla) and Ellen Page (Juno) in her best role since “Hard Candy”. With its spectacular visuals and inventive storyline, “Inception” may supersede “The Dark Knight” Nolan’s masterwork as a director.
The story is almost too long and complex to put into a clear cut synopsis, but you are already reading this review so I should probably write something huh? Cobb (DiCaprio) and Arthur (Gordon-Levitt) are thieves, but go about their “profession” in a very different manner. Their arena of choice is the dreams of others and what they do is called extraction; where about they go into someone’s dreams and steal their most precious secrets (i.e. combinations to safes with millions of dollars in them. Stuff like that). They become contracted by a wealthy business man to perform something called inception, on his biggest competitor. An inception is described as physically placing an idea into another persons head, but making that person believe that this new idea is of his own creation, so it is almost impossible for that person to reject the new idea. Inception is thought to be something of an impossibility to everyone. That is to everyone but Cobb, who secretly knows the true risk in performing an inception. The storyline gets even more complex as it begins to use references to dreams within a dream and dreams within dreams within dream. Confused yet? If not, here comes more storyline. Cobb has a secret. He can’t or will not get his dead wife out of his dreams and it is interfering with his work. A dead wife, that everyone in the United States thinks he murdered. A dead wife that doesn’t seem to know what is real and what is a dream anymore. A dead wife that may ruin Cobb’s plans to return to the states to see his children again (my head hurts, how about yours?). By doing this inception job, a promise has been made to Cobb, which would essentially drop all murder charges in the United States, so he could return to his children again. Oh and I almost forgot, Ellen Page is in it too, and she isn’t pregnant or on roller skates (thank you Jesus!) Ok, I will stop since anymore synopsis will only drive more people away from this truly thought provoking film (not to mention, my fingers are getting tired from typing).
This has to be, if nothing less, the most interesting concept piece to come to into theaters this year. Nolan creates a world of dreams that visually no movie-goer has ever seen before. Asking the question, what is really possible in the world of dreams? Truthfully, the overall concept is super-de-duper complicated and the storyline suffers from an idea that maybe hasn’t quite matured yet (this will inevitably keep this film from being a contender for best film of the year), but for a concept that was almost entirely new to cinema, Nolan does an amazing job.
Final thought: This is definitely a movie that requires its audience’s full attention throughout. And it should be said that many audience members will be lost for the first half an hour of the film along with a few parts in the middle, but in the end when the story all comes together it will have all been worth it. Plus to help one along with the lulls and confusion in the storyline, Nolan has put in some of the most elaborate, mind-bending CGI effects seen to date (which is not always a distraction for an over complicated storyline, but still fun to look at). At times “Inception” almost feels like a movie that requires work to watch and comprehend (not in a bad way, if that makes any sense). A lot of rubrics cube type dialogue, where Nolan encourages the audience to piece the story together only to, in the end, unveil a conclusion which supersedes any hypothesis one would have come up with. All that means is: if you are not interested in movies where you have to think (a surprisingly high amount of the American movie going public), steer clear of “Inception”. Otherwise, “Inception” must be in the mix of the top 5 must sees movies of the summer.