Thursday, July 22, 2010
Movie Review: Inception
Credits Release Date: July 16, 2010 (conventional and IMAX theaters)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenwriter: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of violence and action throughout)
Official Website: Inceptionmovie.com
The Plot of Your Dreams
Using a similar concept as the Matrix trilogy, Director Christopher Nolan brings us a film of terrifying possibilities, dealing in concepts that make us ask the question, “what if we aren’t in control of our lives?” Starring Leonardo DeCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ellen Page, Inception is a story as disturbing as the title makes it out to be.
Dreams are the true definition of solitude and one of the last remaining aspects of life that belong only to you and are shaped by you alone. Sometimes dreams are good, sometimes they’re bad, but without a doubt they belong to no one else but you. Nolan now has created a world where not even the dream world is beyond trespass and corruption. This made up world is full of criminals called Extractors, agents who attempt to break into people’s dreams to steal valuable information. The ability to steal ideas from ones mind is the common practice among extractors, but the art of changing someone’s mind, called inception, has never been successful…or has it?
After having a few days to think about the film and what it was trying to do, I’ve decided the most satisfying aspect of Inception was its film noir characteristics. Right off the bat we can tell this story has a very dark undertone with a classy, early 20th century appeal. The whole idea of entering into ones dreams is terrifying enough in and of itself, but with Cobb’s lingering memory of his wife constantly attacking him at every opportunity, we find that the inner darkness of Cobb is what drives this film into its very essence.
While the story does focus in on the dream state of mind, Nolan takes advantage of modern technological advancements and play out the dream world on screen, which also blends into the basic theme of the story. As Leo constantly explains throughout the film, the dream world always seems real in the moment, it’s only when you wake up when you realize it wasn’t real. Nolan doesn’t try to make the dream world so intangible (like a lot of stories do) that the realistic aspect goes away, but there is that tiny bit of curiosity and wonder, begging each one of us to ask ourselves if we actually know which world we are looking at.
The complexity of the story, while still not impossible to understand, can be very hard to comprehend and follow during its two hour duration. You may even leave the theater a little unsure of yourself, which is partially the point. Questions should be floating around in your head about the different stances the film takes as well as the inner workings of the story’s details. Dreams haunt us and linger in our memories, and sometimes we hold onto a dream so much that we lock it away and never let it go, only to cause ourselves more personal grief and pain. How far can we go until that memory gets the better of us and takes over completely? Was Don Cobb finally able to let go, or is he still there in a dream?
And the Conclusion I Woke Up Too…
Nolan stated that his intention with this film was too put the audience “into the experience, what I like to call a 'tumbling forward' quality, where you're being pulled along into the action." As far as I’m concerned, he did just that. This movie went above and beyond in how detailed, realistic, believable, and well written film was. He took an idea from his childhood and gave it to the rest of the world to behold. This film was an absolute joy to experience with its original concept, incredibly well-written and researched script, and thought provoking ideas. In my opinion, this film was perfect.
Rating: 11 out of 10 stars
(Yes, I did that on purpose. Best film of 2010 thus far!)