Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Inception [2010]

Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy
Heist/Psychological Thriller
Rating: Teen
Comment: "An odd mixture of caper, fantastical and psychological thriller that works remarkably well..."

I dare say nobody could have ever saw this coming. Honestly, how could have anyone? It has all the basic elements of a heist movie, but Ocean's Fourteen this is not. This is unlike anything you have ever seen before. Note that I've stressed on this point for this entire paragraph, because seriously, this movie is very original and creative.

Inception tells a tale of a time when the technology exists to enter one's mind through the dreams. Theoretically, the human mind is more at ease when we are asleep and more vulnerable to information theft. Enter a man named Dominic Cobb who made a career out of obtaining important (and potentially dangerous) information through dreams. When a job requires him to plant an idea instead of stealing one, he is forced to face his murky past in a way he has never experienced before.

The idea of making a story based on a group of people invading other people's dreams may seem odd for a movie, and at first glance you might think it will only appeal to sci-fi fanatics. Trust me it is nothing of the sort. As long as your suspension of disbelief is flexible enough, you will find that this movie is a gem and a huge contender for the best movies of 2010.

One of Christopher Nolan's most defining attributes as a film-maker is his refusal to play down to the audience; needless to say you should expect nothing less from this one. The story moves fast but yet it was engaging enough to reel you in for it's entire running time of 150 minutes. He seemed to have also showcased his thus-far underrated direction. Prior to The Dark Knight [2008], Nolan was best known for his signature nonlinear storytelling technique. With Inception, he had proved once again that he is no one-trick pony. He had also proved that he is also very handy at employing special effects to fulfill his vision.

Speaking of special effects, the ones that can be found here are simply breathtaking and they are very well-used. The highlight of this is probably the entire scene involving the off-bridge van. I really can't say much about this, for it is literally one of those awesome things in movies that you have to see to believe.

The star-studded cast delivered solid performances, even though great talents like Michael Caine was very much underused. Although I have no idea how the character could have been expanded to a greater significance, it didn't hurt to have his name on the credits for he is always a pleasure to watch.

Long story short, if The Dark Knight was 2008's Must See Movie, 2010's would easily be Inception.

Points Calculation

The Good [+100]
- Original
- Solid performances
- Breathtaking special effects
- Exhilarating and memorable scenes

The Bad [-0]
- (None)

100 - 0 = 100 points

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