by Ken B.
Christopher Nolan’s Inception is a film that left me rather speechless. Any movie that attempts to investigate the elusive world of dreaming is either extremely pretentious or genius. Inception was like very few things I’ve ever seen before and probably will see for a very long time. A brilliant multilayered story exists here, and visually, this movie is Thanksgiving dinner for the eyes.
Of course, there’s a story. Dom Cobb (LEONARDO DICAPRIO) peforms a complicated espionage of sorts. His clients give him the target, and he infiltrates the subject’s subconscious, and retrieves or implants information in the person’s dreams. He has a business partner, Arthur (JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT). After a rather failed mission, their latest target, a Japanese businessman, Saito (KEN WATANABE) becomes their latest client. It could be their biggest mission yet, the subject (CILLIAN MURPHY) having just obtained a corporate empire from his dead father. After recruiting a team of companions, they set out on what becomes a dizzying dream-within-a-dream inception.
Truth be told, that isn’t even a fraction of the plot here, which is weaved in and out of the different stages of this extreme infiltration that occupies a majority of the second half of the movie.
Technologically, of course, everything is top notch. The cinematography by regular Nolan DP Wally Pfister is breathtaking and dazzling. The special effects are absolutely sublime as the laws of physics are defied. (The fight scene in a hotel with zero gravity… what art!) The score by Hans Zimmer is intense, and the mood created by Nolan’s genius story recreates the surreal state of the subconscious mind. Creatively, as mentioned before, the script is quite perspicacious, and will be a pleasant surprise to those typically wary about summer blockbuster fare. This is the exception to the typical $100M+ movie, and with its originality in its visuals. The acting is solid from our cast, but of course, with such an already established group of actors, nothing less was expected.
Some people, undoubtedly, are confused by Inception’s complex plot. This is an issue with their lack of attention towards it, not a flaw within the story itself. This movie supplies a brilliant commentary on the powers of a mind and further heightens fascination with lucid dreaming. Whenever a major movie like this is released, a question is raised. Will it be remembered in 25, 50, or 75 years? My hope would be yes, even if nothing more in a movie that dared to be different. But we’ll never know what will remain.
Inception is a real rarity – we have a visual masterpiece with a full story, solid acting, and real memorability which can lead to a discussion on the depths of the human psyche. The only real negative I can dig up on this one is… 148 minutes was a bit long. The pacing’s a little slow at times. Not a lot. But it’s noticeable. Because that’s the only real negative that I can find on Inception, then it’s a massive credit to this fantastic Christopher Nolan production.