Friday, July 23, 2010
Inception (2010) Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan
In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job till date, Inception.
Once again, it is not a horror movie, but I feel that any movie that comes close to film perfection should be mentioned.
First was Momento, followed by Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, and then The Dark Knight. Now I got to see Nolan's latest masterpiece, Inception. I will be the first to tell you that if I get myself extremely hyped up for a movie, I often leave the theater with negative or unfulfilled feelings towards the film. This movie, fortunately, was not the case. I was so pumped for this movie, and after it was finished I wanted to go to the next showing of it. It is a good thing that it was a late showing, or I might have, and I really need to save my money. I will say that I am going to try my best to make this short and sweet, for fear I may say too much.
I am a Dark Knight fanatic, so when I say that Inception is better than TDK it has to mean something. The film is amazing from start to finish, and even though it has a 2.5 hour run time, I wasn't bored or looking at my phone to see the time once.
While the story does center around Leonardo DiCaprio's character Cobb, the movie is carried on the shoulders of perhaps the best ensemble supporting cast to date. Joseph Gordon-Levitt leads the way as Cobb's right hand man Arthur. Ellen Page is dynamic as the newcomer,but very understanding quick learner Ariadne. I don't know how Tom Hardy manages to stay so far out of the spotlight, but he is AMAZING! His portrayal of Eames is close to perfect, and the chemistry between he and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are a driving part of the film. Hardy is no newbie when it comes to being in great films, as he was also in Layer Cake, Minotaur, Sweeney Todd, RocknRolla, Bronson, and soon to star is the new Max in Mad Max:Fury Road. I look forward to him dishing out many more great performances. I always love seeing Ken Watanabe and Cillian Murphy, and they gave admirable performances as always. Even Tom Berenger gave a non-cheesy performance, and Marion Cotillard plays an essential part in the story of the film. Although Dileep Rao is fairly unknown, he does a great job as a chemist of sorts. He is most known for Drag Me To Hell and Avatar, but his performance here gives him much needed screen time to showcase his abilities, and he does well. I always love seeing Michael Caine, even though his part was smaller than I had expected. The acting in this film is just exemplary.
I know the special effects of this film will be talked about for centuries to come, haha, but the story is really what makes this film interesting. The idea of dreams and what they are made of and what makes the what they are has been a mystery forever. There are still many things about dreams that scientist don't know. In Inception, Christopher Nolan offers a unique perspective allowing people to enter in to other people dreams, and steal their ideas. Just the fact that he thought of this, and put it down on paper deserves an award, but what he did to create and amazing story is what he should earn an award for doing. He creates a dreamworld beyond the average person's imagination. You really have to pay attention in this film to follow everything, but he gives perfectly good explanations for everything right in the film. Everything makes sense, and it is perfect. After I left the theater I never once told myself "that was a bit unbelievable". He doesn't allow it. The story itself didn't have as many twists and turns as I thought it was going to have based on other people views, but I view it more as a puzzle. Each part of the film is a puzzle piece, and it doesn't make perfect sense until the film is complete. I would like to see it another time just to gather all the information, but I can say that it is amazing! If anyone wants me to answer any questions about the film, or give my perspective, then please feel free to add me on facebook, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That is all I am going to say about the film, as I think it is very important to watch the film develop on your own, and formulate your own opinions. Everyone should watch this movie and buy it when it comes out on DVD.
Entertainment Value: 10/10 Ideas
Cinematic Value: 10/10 Ideas