Christopher Nolan is one of those directors who, even though he’s been in the industry for almost 15 years, still hasn’t made a bad movie. His films are generally characterized by unique structure; he likes to branch out and find different and innovative ways to tell his stories. Even going back to his first film, ‘Following’ (which he made for $6,000), he toyed with the idea of telling his story out of sequence, an idea that spilled over into his next film, ‘Memento’, a cult favorite.
So really, it’s no surprise that Nolan’s getting back to his roots with ‘Inception’, his latest release about people who steal ideas while you’re sleeping.
The concept for the film came from the idea of shared dreaming; that two or more people could actually share the same dream. Nolan sets this concept up so well, that by the end of the film, you forget that it’s not actually possible.
The idea for the film has been in the works for ten years, but only recently did Nolan feel comfortable enough with the technology and budget to make this masterpiece. And what a masterpiece it is.
It’s a unique, masterful sci-fi vision in the vein of ‘The Matrix’. And like that film, it makes you question your perception of reality. The story is propelled by twists and turns, and even if you think you know where the story’s going, you’re delightfully surprised by the way he takes you there.
The acting in this film is brilliant. Leonardo DiCaprio gives his second great performance of the year, following ‘Shutter Island’, although he’s better here than in that film. He’s really establishing himself as a great actor, much more so than as a child actor. Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues to prove that he’s one of the most versatile young actors out there, playing yet another role that is new for him and different from his previous endeavors. Ellen Page also shines here, giving a great performance opposite DiCaprio, which is a pretty daunting role to fill. Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy; everyone’s on their A-game, and Marion Cotillard is perfectly chilling.
There’s plenty of action here, and it’s superb. The most ingenious fight scene takes place in a hallway with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and—well, you’ll just have to see for yourself. But it’s absolutely mind-bendingly brilliant, and all done with practical effects.
Much like the concept of the film, for us, the audience, ‘Inception’ is like a shared dream. We’re all participating in this world that exists in Nolan’s mind, and he brings us in, makes us question our own reality.
Christopher Nolan is a visionary, and ‘Inception’ is his magnum opus—at least for now. There’s no reason not to see this movie. So what are you waiting for?