Produced by: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Drama, Action, Mystery & suspense
Runtime: 123 Minutes
What is this film like? It’s a mind bender, it’s an intense action film, it’s full of mind boggling entertainment, and many other great things that make good films great. "Inception" boasts character and huge story depth beyond anything of this decade. Starring major Hollywood hotshot Leonardo DiCaprio alongside Michael Caine, To, Hardy, Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Inception has a terrific cast with characters that will sustain your interest from start to end. Inception is one of the most complex and mind-boggling films there is, If not, the most. That is what adds to its excellence. A film about dreams within dreams and all this talk of the sub-conscious mind makes this film unique and stands up with the best films of all time in my book. With director Christopher Nolan on board who is also the writer of this film, did in impeccable job.
It is easy to see how Christopher Nolan is becoming one of the greatest directors with films like this and "the Dark Knight" now in his past. The film is mind confusing, convoluted, but Nolan pulled it off and made it understandable enough for the viewer. Outstanding cinematography lies here with Nolan as director & Writer, music from legendary Hans Zimmer (Composer of "The Pirates of the Caribbean 2-4"), Leonardo DiCaprio as our main character and even the Editor, Lee smith.
Now here is something hard to explain. Our film opens with a scene that returns in the end, and the story is very complex. Meet Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a dream extractor. Cobb and his partner Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) perform illegal corporate espionage by entering the subconscious minds of their targets, using two-level "dream within a dream" strategies to "extract" valuable information. The wealthy Mr. Saito (Ken Watanabe), Cobb’s last extraction target, asking him and his team to perform the act of “inception”, planting an idea within the person’s subconscious mind, approaches Cobb. Saito wishes to break up the vast energy conglomerate of his competitor, the ailing Maurice Fischer (Pete Postlethwaite), by planting this idea in his son Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) who will inherit the empire when his father dies.
Saito promises to use his influence to clear Cobb of the murder charges for his wife's death, allowing Cobb to re-enter the United States and reunite with his children. Cobb begins to build his team and searches for help for someone to design the dream levels, which we soon discover cannot be done by he himself for certain reasons. From there onwards, you had better pay attention as we enter the realms of dreams with in dreams creating a paradox of confusion and excitement.
There really are several different genres thrown in the bag of this film. To begin with, it is a fantastic action film. It is then full of Science-fiction elements with the whole concept of Inception and lest we forget about it also being a drama. Another thing it is noted as is a mystery film, and it definitely is, they are trying to clear Cobb’s crime and the film is truly full of question. Therefore, this film really does justice for most of the genres, and is a bag full of excellence and is plenty to keep you on the edge of your seat. Leonardo DiCaprio gave a refreshing performance as the dream raider Dom Cobb, a character who makes tough decisions in the story and the urge to see his children again. DiCaprio certainly has gotten his name amongst the greats already with films like "This Boys’ Life", "Titanic" and "Shutter Island", and is well deserving of that.
Next to its excellent cast and magnificent screenplay, the special effects where astounding. The way this films effects where made was impressive and that is why I say they feel different from the usual CGI. The CGI in this film seems to be on a very different level. The special effects where brilliant. I loved the scene where the gravity is unbalanced; it is impressive and very cool to look at. In one scene, a lot of thought went into the visual & special effects and have my credit. The scene when you see the whole road turning 90 degrees and Cobb and Ariadne put their foot on it and begin to walk up it. There was a gravity-defying element there and it was just too cool to see.
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Inception ended up taking home 4 out of 8 nominations including Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects. All I can say is it definitely deserves those awards, but I would have given it best picture for that year; either that or ‘Toy Story 3’. As much as this film is great, it is close to tripping over itself in trying to hard to be an immense kind of story, but it is a modern piece of cinema greatness. The film has terrific direction from Nolan and for a story like this, it must have been hard to pull off. So Christopher Nolan has made yet another mind blowing film filled with terrific music, amazing cinematography and a story that is extremely gripping.