It isn’t often that a movie literally has me at the edge of my seat the way that Inception definitely had me. Many have already compared it to the Matrix in the sense of how it blurs the line between what is real and what isn’t and much like the Matrix we learn that the answer is all in our minds. As long as we believe it is real then that is what it is.
Inception ‘s plot has gotten enough play in the media that I doubt that there is anyone that doesn’t more or less know what occurs in the film. But for those few of you that remain in the dark, I will relate a bit of the plot.
Leo DiCaprio and the rest of his crew are thieves, nothing special so far…it is the manner at which they steal that is the mindbender. They are experts at breaking into people’s mind and stealing information all from the constructs of their victim’s dreams. They are able bring the marks into their own dreams and manipulate the world in order to infiltrate and break into their most guarded secrets. Yet it is the opposite that Leo’s team is hired to accomplished, Inception, which is putting an idea in the mind of another, an act that is thought impossible.
Yet as easy it is to give you a basic overview of the plot, the actual story is very complex and possibly difficult to follow if you aren’t paying close attention. It is this focus that made Inception feel much faster than the two and a half hour running time. If you don’t want to be lost, you actually have to work when watching this film. This isn’t summer popcorn fluff, but I promise you if you get into the movie, you will paid off with an experience that for me rivaled the feeling that I felt when I left the first Matrix . I was left with a feeling of wonder, but more importantly my brain was buzzing, almost as if my imagination had a received a steroids injection.
The level of depth of the dream world and the rules opened up a new realm of possibilities. Honestly, as far out as the world that the director and writer Christopher Nolan created, I could imagine him going even further (as some critics have argued he should have done). Yet, even as it is, the movie pushes the boundaries. There were a couple of scenes that had me wondering how the heck they even did it. On top of it all, there was a significant amount of action, chase scene etc. so don’t go thinking that this movie is only for brainiacs! I am hesitant to say more since I don’t want to give anything away.
Surrounded by a decent cast which includes Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, and Cillian Murphy the actors do a great job of making the story come alive. They are also supplemented by Nolan favorite and Batman regular Michael Caine. None of the performances detract from Inception , but as you can see above it isn’t the actors that I felt were the focus.
My only issue is that there isn’t enough explanation regarding how they do what they do. While there are scenes which explain the basic mechanics, I was still left with a bunch of questions. Now when I think back on Inception , I wish I had watched it with D and other friends, because there is so much left to discuss. Yet, at already over two hours, and with a storyline that was already pretty packed tightly within that allotted time, I can understand leaving some questions open.
This is definitely one to watch in the theater if anything just to be immersed in the score by Han Zimmer. I have never found myself saying this in any of the movies I have ever seen, but the music and score of this film add a totally new dimension. At some points, it rockets the entire drama of the movie to the next level. With the large speakers and Dolby Digital surround sound (which was turned up unusually high in the theater, I am not if this was an isolated incident or on purpose) the movie theater experience is a must unless you have a ridiculous set up at home.
Hopefully this movie will convince Hollywood that audience’s can handle challenging material as long as it is in a entertaining package…even in the summer, where it seems the motto is “the dumber the better”. Yet, even beyond that, this movie in its most basic element is something that can be enjoyed by everyone, from the action to the though provoking plot and concept. So head to the ATM, or put out a second mortgage on the house and get to the movie theater for this one.<-->