Now after when everybody has written about Inception then what is the need for another review. Well…that was the question I also asked myself. But still I thought my views might be understood somewhere. Some people called Inception as the best movie this year, somebody said it’s not mind blowing but mind fucking, somebody found it both intelligent and thought-provoking. Yes Inception is one of the best I have seen this year& Christopher Nolan gives us a master piece but with a few flaws if I call it. He sold dream in this dream business but couldn’t help missing some things. Let’s see what and where. I know I am not a critique who can just question the masterpiece made by Nolan, but I have my own set of questions
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine
A spy (Leonardo DiCaprio), who specializes in the art of “extraction”- where he enter a person’s dreams and steal secrets from their subconscious. He is hired by a mysterious business mogul (Ken Watanabe) to carry out the near impossible task of “inception” where rather than extracting a thought from somebody’s mind, he has to plant one in the mind of the son (Cillian Murphy) of a dying CEO. He gathers a team of professionals including Ellen Page(Juno fame) to perform this impossible task.
There are brilliantly done visuals and imaginative action sequences, but what makes this film special is the story. Well layered to keep your hearts racing and you feel a sense of awe often. The layering theme in the movie reminds me of the Matrix where we were shown there is something more when we go one layer under. Now if we come to star cast, the movie gathers some good actors from everywhere. I have already written about Leonardo and his performance in The Shutter Island. And with Inception he proves why is he one of the highly rated actors and why Scorsese selected him there and then why Nolan picks him here. Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Leonardo’s confidant does justice to his role and so does Ellen Page. I think she has matured from Juno and also breaks the type cast she would have got post Juno. She is the one who helps us to know what exactly Inception is and how is it done. I have always loved Tom Hardy since James Bond’s ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE . This guy is damn good and he shows it again here. Rest of the cast including Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe and Michael Caine makes a good supporting cast.
And finally the writer, director of the movie- Christopher Nolan. The guy behind The Dark Knight, Memento and now Inception, has now carved his niche in the market. Calling him a genius also won’t be wrong in any way. With Inception he puts you in the dream and makes you involved in that dream.
Interesting isn’t it. Brilliant is the way he does it. And you can’t move from your seat until the end. The movies keeps you tied up with it and you can’t miss a dialogue. Add to this some good acting and Nolan creates a mind boggling dreamscape with layers of complexity in it. The movie involves you so much that you will miss what happened last and where are we. Nolan brilliantly disguises few things. We as audience are never shown how we are transiting from a dream to reality and back again in the dream. After a point you have to think whether you are in watching the characters dream or his reality. I think Nolan required to be more specific and slick in this transition.
Next- Cobb’s children wear the same exact clothes again and again as they reappear. And as Cobb is on a run for quite some time shouldn’t his children grow up?? Mr. Nolan..any answers???
Satio, they guy who asks Cobb to perform Inception is doing one himself there. He plants one in Cobb’s mind here. Also in the opening sequences where we are shown Cobb performing task on Saito to sell him what he does, but if we see other way round, there Cobb is set up by Satio who knows he is there to extract information from him and he knows he is dreaming and its Satio who architects the dream and involves Cobb in it. Also the last whole act of the movie looks bloated and too winded. I am not gonna talk much over that now.
Like it is said nothing is perfect and we know how true it is. And so is Inception. Whatever things I pointed out here doesn’t make the movie bad, it just questions things which could have been seen and worked upon to make it better. Watever said and done, Inception is a movie which you will like to watch many more times and as you watch it more and go under the layers, more you will question things and more you will enjoy. Whether the movie is in limbo or a dream, it will take you there with it and will keep you involved until you find that you are in somebody’s reality. Inception is a mental experience and at the end of it you will come awestruck for sure thinking what just happened.
Rating- 4.5 Out of 5