Thursday, July 15, 2010

Review: Inception

Grade: A+

In a world where the technology exists to build and enter dreams, Dom Cobb is a thief, of sorts, who is the best at what he does. In a new form of corporate espionage, people hire Cobb and his team to enter the dreams of their competition and steal information and ideas from them. This ability has made him a top player in this new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he loves. Then, when a former mark shows up offering him a chance at redemption, Cobb decides to pull one last job. This job will be the hardest one that he and his team have ever pulled off, instead of stealing an idea, they will have to do something considered impossible, they will plant an idea in their new marks mind. This job gets more and more difficult as their mark seems prepared for this kind of subconscious invasion and Cobb’s own subconscious seems to be fighting him and his team as well.

Alfred Hitchcock once said "A good film is when the price of dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.", that film is Inception. This movie is absolutely mind blowing. Writer/Director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, The Prestige) has done it again and has proved that he is probably the most innovative and creative writer/director in Hollywood today. The visuals in this movie are absolutely stunning. The scenes where you watch the characters build and modify the dreams are breath taking. Not to mention the scenes with paradoxes and where, essentially, some of M.C. Esher’s drawings come to life. One of my favorite things about this movie is the concept of a dream inside of a dream, just amazing. Not to mention how amazing the story and writing are in this movie. The story is really intense and it just grabs you and doesn’t let go. The writing in this movie will make you think, this is not a movie where you can just sit there and be entertained, you do need to pay attention in order to keep up. This is easily one of the smartest movies I have seen in a long time. Also, I’m saying it right here, this is the best movie I’ve seen since The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and I believe that Inception is definitely going to be nominated for best picture this year and stands a very good chance of winning. Every single second of this movie is outstanding.

That’s all not even to mention the great cast this movie has and how good they all were. Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond, The Departed) plays the central character, Cobb. I usually don’t care for DiCaprio but he did a really good job with this role, showing the inner torment Cobb has over the loses in his life. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer, Brick) plays Cobb’s right hand man, Arthur. I am a huge fan of JGL and he just keeps getting better and better with every movie I see him in. Ellen Page (Whip It, Juno) plays Ariadne, the architect. Page is an amazing actress who did a wonderful job in this movie. Ken Watanabe (The Vampire’s Assistant, Batman Begins) plays Saito, a former mark turned client. Watanabe did a really good job with his part in the movie. Tom Hardy (Bronson, RocknRolla) plays Eames, the forger. I have always found Hardy to be a very talented actor and I am very excited to see him landing roles in bigger movies, I hope this continues. Cillian Murphy (Sunshine, Red Eye) plays Robert Fischer Jr., the mark. Murphy was great in this movie and I keep hoping to see him in more things as well. The movie also features great performances by Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger and Pete Postlethwaite.

I cannot recommend this movie enough. It is absolutely amazing in every way possible. Like I said, it is the best movie I have seen in a while. It is absolutely mind blowing. This is just a review, I might write a critique soon of this movie as I feel that it deserves it. It really deserves a deeper look into the themes and meanings of this movie.

Great quote: “If we are going to perform inception, then we need imagination.”

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