Inception is a 2010 Sci-Fi Drama film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film has a large cast with several notables in Hollywood. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. Inception was a big time box office success, grossing over $800 million worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time. It also has very strong sales on the DVD market. It is a slow paced long movie at 148 minutes.
This is my first time seeing this movie since I just received the DVD from a friend. I am somewhat familiar with Christopher Nolan’s film works since I have seen some of his films such as the Batman: Dark Knight Trilogy he did. He did a very good job on those films. I intend to see Memento and The Prestige soon after this. I hear those are excellent films by him too. Leonardo DiCaprio who has a striking resemblance to film legend Clark Gable, he plays Dom Cobb, a person who extracts/steals important information deep within someone’s subconscious while the person is dreaming. Because of this unique talent he has he is an important figure in corporate espionage. He is also a wanted international fugitive. The people who help him in this new game of corporate espionage are his partner, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Ariadne (Ellen Page) – A wiz girl graduate student of architecture, Eames (Tom Hardy – an associate of Cobb who specializes in stealing identity’s in the dream world), and Saito (Ken Watanabe).
In the opening sequence of events you see that Cobb’s team failed in the attempt to extract corporate secrets from Saito. Saito surprisingly isn’t enraged and doesn’t send his armed men after them. Instead Saito offers Cobb something he can’t refuse which is a trip back to his home in America where his two kids live. In which he will no longer be a fugitive. The film takes place in Europe. Saito recruits him for a mission so where Cobb can use his unique talents along with his new team members (who I mentioned earlier), which also include a man named Yusuf (Dileep Rao). Together they are assigned to invade Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) dreams and inject an idea into him without him knowing (the technique is called Inception). Robert Fischer is also about to inherit his dying father’s company. His father Maurice is played by Pete Postlethwaite. This was one of Pete Postlethwaite last great films he was in before he died in 2011.
Saito wants the team to inject the idea so he can defeat his business rival, Maurice. Even though Cobb’s partner, Arthur is pessimistic about this task saying “Inception” is not possible. Cobb disregards his lack of faith and relies on a secret no one knows on the team to accomplish this new task. Saito also follows them along to keep watch. The secret Cobb holds is connected to his dead wife Mal. She is the one that initially is responsible for making Cobb a fugitive in the first place. She is played perfectly by the very beautiful Marion Cotillard. You may know Marion Cotillard from her role in The Dark Knight Rises. Cobb feels very guilty about his wife’s suicide. Her astral projection appearances throughout the film hinder Cobb in his work. If they fail during the mission and they die the team members will end up in Limbo due to the strong drugs they use to sedate themselves. In order for Cobb to be successful in this mission he must overcome the haunting Spectre of his wife Mal.
Inception Movie 2010: The Review
Inception like all the Christopher Nolan films I have seen are very drama oriented even though they have action scenes in it. Christopher Nolan is very good at writing the backbone of a film. He develops characters, the plot, intermeshing with the great set designs he uses in his films. His movies are very drawn out and sometime snail like as they move along, but hey that comes with the territory with this type of film. These types of films are best to enjoy at home and not sitting in a movie theatre where there could be distractions or your butt feeling uncomfortable by sitting down too long in the seats. You might find some similarities to Blade Runner and some other dystopian films while watching this. The set designs in this film are really epic and beautiful thanks to a $160,000,000 budget. As for the special effects they are well done in this film relying less on computer generated imagery and more on practical ones. Most of the actors in this film did a great job in their roles. I am familiar with the majority of the actors since some were featured in other Christopher Nolan films and I have always liked Leonardo DiCaprio. He can always be depended on to deliver a strong performance with his great natural onscreen charisma. Marion Cotillard is a sweet welcomed addition to American Cinema and I look forward to seeing more of her. Tom Hardy who is my favorite actor right now always kicks ass. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was also excellent.
Ellen Page seemed a bit out of place in this film. I just couldn’t take her seriously; I mean she looks like she’s 14. They should have hired a more mature looking actress. Ken Watanabe who was in the “Last Samurai” and the first of the Christopher Nolan Batman films does a fine job. Since I’m a big video game player, I also liked the snow battle action sequences, which are like a Tom Clancy Rainbow Six game brought to life. The concept of dream’s used in cinema has always been interesting because in life/reality we are still learning about them. Christopher Nolan does a great job bringing it to film. Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors today with his classy, smooth, complex, and artful style he incorporates into his films. The ambiguity of the ending was great and throwbacks to Bladerunner making your mind wonder about it. I hope they make a sequel to this movie. I’m looking forward to it.
Inception Movie 2010 Review: Done by Rancel
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