What would you do if your innermost secrets, dreams and desires were accessible to anyone and you couldn’t control it? What if someone could tap into your subconscious and steal your secrets or even implant an idea that’s not really yours?
That is the idea of mastermind director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), an incredibly creative idea that drives his summer blockbuster Inception.
Nolan takes the heist concept, develops and enhances it with his own magic and brilliance and flips it on its head – literally. No doubt people will leave the theatre thinking of some Ocean’s 11 / The Matrix / James Bond hybrid, but the story, acting and effects stand alone.
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an extractor specializing in corporate espionage. He inserts himself into the dreams of his targets and extracts their most personal secrets. Cobb and his team (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao) are hired by a Japanese energy tycoon (Ken Watanabe) for a seemingly impossible assignment involving a rival businessman (Cillian Murphy). Rather than steal secrets, the team must embed a simple idea in the man’s head that he will assume is his own – Inception. To do so, Cobb and his team must dive deep into the subconscious, creating multiple webs of dreams within dreams. But the deeper into the subconscious one goes, the more dangerous and volatile the mind becomes making it easier to lose oneself forever.
Don’t get discouraged early; Inception is not confusing if you simply watch the movie. Just when you think you’re about to get lost and confused, Nolan provides the answers, making you want more right up to the very end. Don’t try to figure it out, just let the movie do it’s job and guide you through the story.
The all-star cast is superb, offering power performances that not only benefit the ensemble, but draws-in the audience. DiCaprio and Gordon-Levitt are spot on.
Inception is a masterpiece of thought provoking originality. At 148 minutes, it’s long, but the intricately developed plot, unique storytelling and flawless direction captivates the viewer until the very end.
We can only hope that Inception’s originality inspires more creativity in Hollywood instead of the countless remakes and cookie cutter movies flooding theatres.
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