Starring: Leonardo Dicaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Have you ever had a dream so good that you really hated when you woke up just because it meant it was all over? Well in my case that dream is Inception. Christopher Nolan has created in this cinematic masterpiece one of the most complex and intelligent movies of recent years, and literally, I defy anyone to see it and not leave with a positive reaction to it.
The story centres on Mr Cobb (Dicaprio), a highly skilled thief who can literally enter your dreams and extract thoughts and ideas from you – the ultimate espionage. But while extraction is difficult, there is a greater skill he possesses, a skill thought by many to be impossible – the skill of Inception. The art of inserting an idea into the complexities of the human mind and making the mind in question believe it was self-generated.
The mind we learn has ways of recognising foreign elements and the well trained mind can put up security against them – projections of people the dreamer knows in real life, who can step in and try and stop the infiltrator before it’s too late. Fischer – the man who Cobb and his team must infiltrate is this well trained.
If you have seen the trailer for this film you will have seen the mindbending gravity defying visuals, which somehow seem out of place in the trailer, and yet every single one makes sense in the movie because they take place on various levels of this dream world, and the events in one are all intertwined with those of the others and so on. Nolan has admitted he rewrote the script numerous times, and I can imagine that every time he made a slight alteration somewhere half the script needed a rewrite – everything is so completely and irrevocably linked together.
The supporting cast of Page, Levitt, Michael Caine are all used to great effect – especially Page, in what will undoubtedly surpass Juno as her definitive role to date – and Marion Cotillard’s performance as Cobb’s late wife is both tragic and insane.
This is a movie which had such hype that I simply could not believe it would live up to the expectations. I was right, it didn’t. It surpassed every single one.
Rating: 5/5 – Definitive Movie of the Year Potential.