Inception (2010) **** WTF is going on here?!
While watching this amazingly original science fiction tale I couldn’t help but think to myself what exactly was Christopher Nolan thinking when he created the concept for this utter mind trip of a movie? I enjoyed the highly original premise (something rarely seen in Hollywood anymore) but at what cost? I felt like I had lost my mind after watching this.
This nightmarish film was a huge hit in the summer of 2010 because it asks the viewer to do one simple thing. Just turn your brain off and enjoy the ride. Something that is not to hard to carry out judging by all the mindless drivel we are subjected to on reality TV.
Leonardo DiCaprio is at the top of his game playing Dom Cobb, a secret agent whose “job” is to extract illegal information from the unconscious minds of his targets but gets wrapped up in the dangerous world of corporate espionage and offered one last chance at redemption by being given the highly impossible task of “Inception”, the planting of an idea into a subject’s mind as opposed to extracting it.
Does your brain hurt from that description? Do you still follow? No worries. There is plenty of Matrix style digital action and clever dialogue to keep your brain guessing the entire time and to give off the illusion that you are smarter than you actually are.
Christopher Nolan has proven himself a master film-maker with recent classics such as The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige and of course everybody’s favorite backwards revenge tale Memento. But I feel with this film he started to finally believe all the hype and drowned in his own creative genius and made a film that is far too complex and convoluted with details. The film is definitely ahead of its time and will surely be considered a work of cinematic genius.
Inception (2010) ****
Action, Sci-Fi, Drama
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanbe, Ellen Page, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy