Inception Movie Review
Christopher Nolan has once again proven that he is indeed a genius with his latest creation “Inception”. As history would have it Nolan first thought about Inception 8 years back and when he began scripting the film at that time he wanted to make it as a horror flick. In 2002 when he completed Insomnia and decided to take Inception he discussed the script with Warner Bros. but destiny had other things in store for him and he ended up directing “Batman Begins”. The glory for Nolan just began at that time and he continued his good work with “Prestige” (2006) and “Dark Knight” (2008). Christopher Nolan had by then established himself as a director who possesses the experience to make films that belonged to the big league. Inception was then started and instead of making it as an horror flick it was made as an heist film.
The movie deals with the complex idea of breaking into the sub-conscious mind of another human being and controlling their thought process. An idea pretty fresh and imaginative by any standards and to make this idea strike a chord with the audience the film required a well-knitted screenplay and Christopher Nolan has scored full marks on that department. The screenplay is no-doubt complex but at the same time it is extraordinary to the level that it leaves an awe with the viewers at the end of the film.
Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an expert in reading and extracting secrets from sub-conscious mind of others when they dream as the mind is at its most vulnerable state during that time. This art of him has cost him everything in life and due to which he is forced to live a life of a fugitive away from his family whom he loved so much. A wealthy Japanese client Saito (Ken Watanabe) offers him his freedom on a condition that he needs to successfully complete a task assigned to him. The task that is being assigned to him is pretty complex and it involves Cobb to plant an idea into the sub-conscious mind of another individual which turns out to be the reverse of what he has been doing till date.
Robert Fischer Jr. (Cilian Murphy) is a wealthy industrialist who is the heir to the world’s largest energy fortune. Saito wants Cobb to plant a business idea into Robert’s mind which will allow his own business to thrive. Cobb eager to get back home agrees to the deal and he recruits a team for this project. When Cobb gets access to Fischer the real fun and drama begins with the dream process going deep exploring many layers in a dream and finally whether he succeeds in his attempt in dream inception is all about in this movie.
As said earlier the real star of this movie is the screenplay writer and director Christopher Nolan. Leonardo DiCaprio looks like he cherishes to play roles that are challenging for the mind to understand. The supporting actors in Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger and Marion Cotillard have gelled with the dream process perfectly. Music by Hans Zimmer is treat to the ears.
In the movie each character carry their own “totem” which would help them identify their present state of mind. The totem varies from a loaded six-sided dice, a custom made chess piece and many more. Cobb carries a small metal spin with him which would spin indefinitely if he is in a dream state and will stop spinning and fall down if he is not dreaming.
In the end sequence Cobb spins his totem and it spins steadily and starts to wobble a bit when the screen goes blank and titles start to roll leaving the decision to the discretion of the viewers whether to take the ending as a dream or reality. The movie has a running time of 150 minutes and each minute is worthy of the enormous effort spent in the making of this film. The movie stands a good chance to grab few Academy Award nominations for the year and till date comparing the other releases “Inception” stands an even better chance to grab the Best Picture & Best Director Awards at the Oscar.
“Inception” is Christopher Nolan’s best film till date and to be honest it is an amazing film.
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