Inception (2010)

Inception (2010)

📅07 June 2011, 20:31

Well this sure was a bit of a mind trip wasn’t it?!

Inception (2010)
Directed By: Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)

The Prologue

The first film I ever saw by director, Christopher Nolan, was Memento. I was blown away by that film and it quickly became one of my favorites. Then he went and made a new Batman movie, Batman Begins, and unlike the few previous Batman films it didn’t suck. Then he made what I consider to be THE best comic book movie ever made in, The Dark Knight! So now he goes and makes a heck of a mind trip with, Inception! Starring a whole cast of good actors with the star being, Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo, being a man I can stand just as long as he’s not freezing to death in some ocean while some girl lays on a very large wooden object all alone. This one also had Juno herself, Ellen Page! She may be build like a table, but it’s a fine, well made table. Now I’m just getting side-tracked. Let me continue on with it..

The Movie
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

Nolan has what is pretty much an all-star team of actors in on this one. Maybe some aren’t as well known as others but everyone in this movie does a great job and I can’t seem to find one weak link in the mix. No matter if it’s people we’ve seen in Nolan’s movies before like, Ken Watanabe (Saito) who plays the somewhat tweener character that holds the key to Cobbs dearly wanted freedom. Or Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Arthur) who plays Cobbs partner. He may not have been in a Nolan film before this but the man has came a long way from 10 Things I Hate About You..Which I didn’t hate either for the record. It’s something when you get the perfect combo of story and cast and this is a film that for sure finds the right mix of the two in what I’d call perfect fashion.

One could perhaps compare this film to The Matrix in some ways, but let me assure you this film blows The Matrix waaaay out of the water. I don’t think that film can even hold a candle to Inception. It’s a great story but at the same time a rather complex story. That being said, and I’m sorry for being honest here, but due to that stupid people probably won’t be able to “get” what they are seeing on the screen. It’s a bit of a thinkers movie and that’s great for people who love that sorta stuff. However people of the lower movie IQ will get a kick out of the action but probably ultimately get lost at different points in the film due to having to think. It’s also a very long running film. But Nolan has a way of making his films to where it doesn’t matter to the viewer as things are soo damn interesting that the time doesn’t bother you at all.

If we learned anything from The Dark Knight, it’s that Nolan has a way of building up a film to where you think it’s being built up to a climax only to move passed that that point of the film and into an even bigger climax later. I’d almost call it a “false finish”. That’s here and it works in spades to build drama and keep you sitting on the edge of your seat as our great cast of great characters go from one very hard and complex situation to the next. A movie like this always relies heavily on effects and those are here by the boat loads but it’s all done very very well. Something like bad CGI effects could kill a film like this but it doesn’t in the case of Inception. It actually seems to add even more to it’s overall vibe and setting.

Some of the best films in the history of movies are those that pack very open endings or things that can’t easily be explained. The ending to this film has already been debated and will probably go on to debated from now until doomsday. In 1996 a man named, Vincent Vega, opened up a briefcase in a film called, Pulp Fiction. Now in 2011, we still have long drawn out conversations on  the odd glow coming from that case and just what the glow in it really was. I think ten years and more from now we’ll still have people having long drawn out conversations about the ending of Inception. There’s probably no real clear answer one way or another. That however doesn’t hurt Inception, it only adds to it. And what we have at the end of the day here is a film that was probably the BEST overall film of 2010.

The Conclusion
Christopher Nolan has quickly became one of my favorite directors. I’ll add this one right up there with The Dark Knight and Memento as films by him that I love. If you are looking for an action packed film with a complex story that makes you have to think, then Inception is hands down the movie for you. If you’re one of the few that have yet to see this film from 2010 then by all means seek it out and just buy it. It’s really THAT good.

The Rating (9.5/10)

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