INCEPTIONDirector: Christopher Nolan
Writer (WGA):Christopher Nolan
John Carlin (book)
Genre: Action - Mystery - Sci-Fi - Thriller
Release Date:16 July 2010 (USA)
Plot: In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job till date, Inception.
Last night [7-24-10] Cindy Lee and I went to see the film that everyone is talking about; that is billed as "Matrix meets 007".
As the film ended, Cindy Lee said, "Well, if I am asked whether I would recommend this movie to anyone, the answer is 'no'!" Cindy says that
in order to fully understand the movie and to enjoy it, one has to be an intellectual. To an extent, this is true. But looking around at the
audience in a Euclid, Ohio theater, I didn't see anyone who might be an intellectual, and maybe they enjoyed it anyway. I did. But as another
reviewer has said, you really have to see INCEPTION more than once to get all the nuances. The storyline is complex. And the ending leaves you
with questions as to whether you are looking at reality or at a dream.
Cindy also correctly complained that the movie is too long simply because many of the sequences are unnecessarily dragged out. As fast-paced as the film is, it could have been yet a bit faster-paced.
Ok. So much for the negatives. What do I LIKE about the film? The special effects and music are quite dramatically enthralling. The acting is superb.Leonardo DiCaprio has matured into a wonderful performer. I can't remember a recent film that he has been in that I didn't enjoy watching. An actor in a supporting role whom I thought I knew but couldn't identify, Cindy correctly told me was Tom Berenger. It was also a pleasant surprise to see Cillian Murphy again. I had been wondering what happened to him since THE DARK KNIGHT and RED EYE.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Marion Cotillard, Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Caine, Lukas Haas, and Tai-Li Lee also turn in good performances.
Dom Cobb [Leonardo DiCaprio], is a psychological technician who is able to enter into the dreams of others to steal information embedded in their subconscious minds on missions contracted by his employer, an international crime syndicate. He is now given a new mission, not to extract information but inception, to plant an idea in the mind of subject which will bring about the financial breakup of a mega-corporate empire. The job
requires that he and his team go deep into many levels, planting dreams within dreams in the subject's mind. Throughout the job, he has to fight against the image of his dead wife whose dream-image constantly tries to thwart the mission and trap Dom in the lowest level of the dream edifice permanently.
If you choose to see INCEPTION, go to a theater where there is no audience distraction and listen carefully to all the dialogue else you will miss important points. But even so, some of the film's material may confuse you at first seeing. Personally I intend to rent it once it hits the video stores so that I can catch up on what I probably missed.
Euclid, OH - - July 25, 2010
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Cobb
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Arthur
Ellen Page ... Ariadne
Tom Hardy ... Eames
Ken Watanabe ... Saito
Dileep Rao ... Yusuf
Cillian Murphy ... Robert Fischer, Jr.
Tom Berenger ... Browning
Marion Cotillard ... Mal
Pete Postlethwaite ... Maurice Fischer
Michael Caine ... Miles
Lukas Haas ... Nash
Tai-Li Lee ... Tadashi
Return To The Reviews Index Page
Return To The Site Index Page