Monday, March 5, 2018

Film Review: Inception (2010)

Inception (Review)
United States/United Kingdom/2010
Format Viewed for Review: Vudu
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...a fantastic film on every level."

In order to win his freedom, a thief, who steals corporate secrets by infiltrating the subconscious of important targets, must plant an idea into the mind of a powerful CEO.

Inception is a fascinating film—whimsical, in a sense. I won't go too deep into the plot because it's a bit complex and it's better to watch this film without knowing everything about it beforehand. (I know, I'm almost a decade late in reviewing it, but I still won't spoil it.) The plot follows Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a professional thief who uses dream-sharing technology to steal valuable secrets. Dom lives his life on the run, but Saito (Ken Watanabe), a Japanese businessman, offers him the opportunity to return to his family if Dom plants an idea in a competitor's CEO. Although reluctant at first, Dom accepts the job and assembles his team, which includes Saito, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Cobb's partner, Ariadne (Ellen Page), an architect, Eames (Tom Hardy), an 'identity thief,' and Yusuf, a chemist. Together, the team enters the subconscious of Robert Michael Fischer (Cillian Murphy), the heir to a business empire. It's a true thrill ride filled with an incredible attention to detail. It leads to a strong climax and a great, open-ended ending—it will keep you talking.

Inception is a fantastic film on every level. Most of the characters are deep and compelling; if they're not, they're at least interesting and entertaining. The plot is intricate, but it's not annoying. It's not complex for the sake of being complex. It will require your attention, it's not a mindless summer blockbuster, but it is worth that extra effort. Every detail of the plot is fascinating. The way everything works... it's just incredible. And, even if that doesn't capture your attention, the action sequences certainly will. There are some heart-pounding, jaw-dropping sequences in here. And, like Dunkirk, which I recently reviewed, the film uses momentum very well. Something is always happening; the plot is always moving forward. The seamless editing, which weaves together dreams upon dreams, definitely helped. I can't really think of any significant flaws in this film. I'm sure I can nitpick, but there's no point in doing that. The film is just brilliant.

And, of course, the cast is spectacular. Leonardo DiCaprio rarely disappoints. He delivered a strong performance here. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy were also great. Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, and Ellen Page also offered strong supporting performances. The film was shot beautifully. The cinematography and camerawork were superb. The music was also fantastic—it perfectly blended with the film, mixing seamlessly with the editing, the momentum, and the action. The film was written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Like DiCaprio, Nolan rarely disappoints. He pieced this film together so excellently. To be honest, and this might anger some of the die-hard fans, the only Nolan film I enjoyed but didn't love was The Prestige. (I'll give that one another shot soon.) Inception is one of his best, though.

Overall, Inception is a masterpiece. If you're a fan of action and science-fiction movies, you're going to love this film. But, what am I saying? Considering this is one of the highest-rated films of all time, you've probably already seen it. If you haven't, you shouldn't miss it.

Score: 10/10
Parental Guide: Violence and blood.

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