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Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best there is at extraction: stealing valuable secrets inside the subconscious during the mind’s vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage but also has made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he may get a second chance if he can do the impossible: inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime. But no planning or expertise can prepare them for a dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy only Cobb could have seen coming.
Science-fiction features often involve time travel or strange worlds. In Christopher Nolan's heist thriller Inception, the concepts converge through the realm of dreams. With his trusty associate, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a fine foil), Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio, in a role that recalls Shutter Island) steals ideas for clients from the minds of competitors. Fallen on hard times, he's become estranged from his family and hopes one last extraction will set things right. Along comes Saito (Ken Watanabe, Batman Begins), who hires Cobb to plant an idea in the mind of energy magnate Fischer (Cillian Murphy, another Batman vet). Less experienced with the art of inception, Cobb ropes in an architecture student (Ellen Page), a chemist (Dileep Rao), and a forger (Tom Hardy) for assistance. During their preparations, Page's Ariadne stumbles upon a secret that may jeopardize the entire operation: Cobb is losing the ability to control his subconscious (Marion Cotillard plays a figure from his past). Until this point, the scenario can be confusing, since the action begins inside a dream before returning to reality. Then, after the team gets to Fischer, three dream states play out at once, resulting in four narratives, including events in the real world. It all makes sense within the rules Nolan establishes, but the impatient may find themselves much like Guy Pearce in Memento: completely confused. If Inception doesn't hit the same heights as The Dark Knight, Nolan's finest film to date, it's a gravity-defying spectacular to rival Dark City and The Matrix. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Christopher Nolan is an extremely talented director; one of my favorites I must say. Don't let bad reviews misguide you. They just misunderstand the director and his ambitions. If you need something more palatable, try his Batman series, The Dark Knight.
After having watched it again via streaming I remember why I liked the movie but now I find that now that I got to take in more of the details that it left me wishing there were more to it than what it actually was. Utilizing the world of subconscious dreams was a fascinating vehicle to tell a simple story of redemption basically, and the details actually were more about driving the story in the dream vehicle they created in this Inception Dream World more so than I could actually relate to with my own dreaming experiences. A little touch of the bewildering experiences that happen only in dreams like old friends you barely remember showing up randomly, spontaneous flying, not being able to run when you are trying your best, suddenly being naked in a crowd, etc., would have truly connected me more with the Dream Vehicle.
Leo was solid, no complaints there. Everyone played their roles well with a fairly limited script involving true human interaction. The goal of the script here was to Drive This Plot Vehicle Home! I would recommend it alone for it's mind opening concepts, but a classic like the "Matrix" series it is not.
Favorite quote that I say to myself
"So, do you undertake a leap of faith or grow old filled with regret and die alone"
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