Friday, 23 July 2010

Inception Film Review

I Had been wanting to see this for a while, urged by the comments my friends have made about its awesomeness... so went and saw it today with my sister!

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an extractor, someone who can steal ideas from people's dreams, and is forced to do so, causing him to lose his family. Failing his extraction mission, he is offered a chance to be reunited with his children by Saito (Ken Watanabe), who wants Cobb to plant an idea into the heir of rival power company, Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy).

Leading a group of specialists starred by Ellen Page (Ariadne, architect), Joseph Gordon Levitt (Arthur) , Tom Hardy (Eames, forger) and Dileep Rao (Yusuf, chemist), Cobb must skillfully implant the idea into Fischer's mind through a dream within a dream within a dream and be able to escape successfully, with the possibility of ending up in "limbo" if they fail; their job made more complex by Cobb's past (his wife's suicide) and his own subconscious interference.

The idea of the film is rather simple, but the way it is carried out may confuse. The first half hour of the film consisted of Cobb recruiting his "specialists" for the job which provides good background information to the idea of entering the dreams, and how the whole thing works, with the remainder of the film actually being the "job". Whilst this first part may be less exciting, it gives necessary information that we must grasp in order to enjoy the rest.

The special effects of the film were outstanding, and several times throughout the movie I just went "WOW, how did they do this!" I particularly liked the explosions during Ariadne's first time being in her subconscious, and also the action scenes during the second dream (hotel) with the anti-gravity.

The idea of a dream within a dream within a dream was not as confusing as people make it out to be, and I was able to follow the film most of the way. It was near the end (and the ending itself) that provokes thought and the audience will have to make their own mind up about what happens, or what is real and what is dreamt.

The ending would've been extremely simple had the spinning top stopped spinning, confirming that Cobb was back to reality and reunited with his kids. The fact the it cuts before it stops (if it ever does) suggests that he could still be in a dream, backed up by the fact his children have not aged.

Given the spinning top doesn't stop, I am thrown as to whether the whole film was in a dream, whether everyone was manifestations of Cobb in a dream (and the purpose of the whole thing was to reconcile himself with his guilt), and what actually happened.

Personally, I just cannot accept that everything is a dream, as that kind of ruins the movie, but am willing to accept that everyone else escaped and that Cobb himself is left in limbo, or otherwise trapped in a dream or he himself decided to stay in dream world. Either way, people can make their own minds up and we won't get a conclusive answer.

Leonardo DiCaprio- Cobb
Joseph Gordon Levitt- Arthur
Ellen Page- Ariadne
Tom Hardy- Eames
Ken Watanabe- Saito
Dileep Rao- Yusuf

Also stars Cillian Murphy (Robert Fischer Jnr), Marion Cotillard (Mal) and Michael Caine.

I thought Leonardo DiCaprio was really good in the movie; as his character was most developed, it shows his acting skills and action skills as well. However, attention went more to Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tom Hardy for their comedic one liners. Ellen Page did well being who she was but she didn't seem to aid the plot as much as everyone else (although her character did create all the "mazes"). I didn't think she was really needed in the dreams themselves. Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard and Michael Caine were pleasant surprises and provided a strong supporting cast for the "team".

Inception is a thought provoking movie that will give audiences worldwide something to talk about. The original concept and excellent action and effects makes this an unforgettable film with good consistency and believability. The film is backed by a great cast, but also by the man who brought us "The Dark Knight", Christopher Nolan, who successfully creates yet another awesome epic.

Whilst the ending may confuse, shock or even annoy, it leaves you scratching your heads and thinking about the film over and over, perhaps urging you to watch it again, a subconscious inception that will certainly make Nolan a very happy man.

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