Movie Review – Inception

What is the most resilient parasite? An Idea!

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) leads a skilled team in corporate espionage, specializing in stealing secrets/ ideas from people’s minds by entering their dreams. But his current mission is different- a business magnate Saito (Ken Watanabe) wants him to "implant an idea" (so termed as “INCEPTION”) into his rival, Robert Fischer, Jr ‘s (Cillian Murphy) mind so that he will dissolve his father, Maurice Fischer’s business empire after he takes over. Cobb agrees to this mission as Saito promises that if Cobb succeeds, he will help Cobb to return to the United States to see his children and clear his name. Cobb assembles his team- Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), his longtime organizer, the forger Earnes (Tom Hardy), the architect Ariadne (Ellen Page) and the chemist Yusuf (Dileep Rao).

The plot summary only covers the basics of this pretty complicated story, but to describe every plot detail would take away the magic of this film. You must see yourself to believe. DiCaprio is good in his role, but his character shares the weight of the movie equally with other co-stars. The ensemble cast does an extraordinary work by teaming together to make this movie work.

Christopher Nolan has once again outdone himself. Something as simple as a spinning top holds your interest in a way you would never think it would when seeing it in this film. The credit here is all for the writer and director Christopher Nolan. There are many twists and turns in this film, but Nolan never loses his focus in the process of his story. Christopher Nolan deserves all the awards in the ‘Best Director’ category.

There are several action sequences that are unique, exciting and fresh – the storming of a vault within the Arctic within a zero-gravity fight along a hotel corridor within a high-speed chase, blows you away. Besides action, Nolan also delivers emotional moments through Cobb’s troubled past with his late wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard), who threatens to inflict disarray on his missions by surfacing from his sub-conscious at the most inopportune way.

The special effects in this film especially its interesting architecture of certain dreams and impossible sequences are filmed brilliantly. The background score goes well with excellent editing and cinematography. Together all of these essentials coalesce to deliver a mesmerizing movie experience like no other so far.

By the time the film ends, you’ll want to watch it or experience it again, for there’s something new every moment. The audience will walk out of the theater feeling dazed, confused and ultimately breathless. This is a film that might require multiple viewing for many to truly comprehend the film’s ambiguous theme. And will be discussed over and over so that one can fully appreciate its genius. Honestly I can’t explain the plot for fear of spoiling the movie for readers.

Inception is a complex film, engrossingly intriguing, delving deep into the subconscious of the human mind. Christopher Nolan has successfully filled in an INCEPTION on to my mind.


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