You may or may not understand Inception after one viewing, but it is guaranteed that either way, your mind will be blown. You may never want to dream the same way again.
Director Christopher Nolan, responsible for other gems like Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight, outdoes himself with his latest cinematic masterpiece: part sci-fi actioner, part psychological thriller, and all brilliance.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, an extractor who steals secrets from other people’s dreams. He and his point man Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are given an assignment by a powerful businessman named Saito (Ken Watanabe), which challenges and requires them not to extract an idea, but to plant one in someone else’s mind – the process of inception. Their target is Robert Fischer, Jr. (Cillian Murphy), who is the heir to Saito’s dying corporate rival. Cobb and Arthur’s mission is to convince the young Fischer to dismantle his father’s empire in order for Saito to keep his business as a top world power. For this mission, the men seek the help of a young architect named Ariadne (Ellen Page), a forger named Eames (Tom Hardy), and a chemist to concoct special sedatives for the team, Yusuf (Dileep Rao). Cobb faces his own personal challenge as he continues to be haunted by his deceased wife Mal (Marion Cotillard). Their intriguing backstory is revealed as the film progresses.
Inception is a winner in every aspect of film. We can see every sci-fi thriller and realize that not only is the plot of this movie an original (Even though that’s a winner in itself), but it wouldn’t be the well-received film that it is without the spectacular actors portraying the interesting host of characters (DiCaprio and Cotillard especially gave deep and moving performances), the in-your-face visuals and cinematography, and cliff-hanger action sequences. The movie keeps you on the edge of your seat, guessing, and wanting more. It is truly one intense experience unlike any other that you’ve seen so far in theaters this year. Oscars next year or bust.
Only deducting half-a-point because trying to figure it out gave me a bit of a headache. Nonetheless, if you don’t see Inception this summer, see it before your life ends. This is already a modern classic, can’t-miss film.
OVERALL SCORE: 9.5/10