When I saw the billboard for Inception many months ago nearby, I thought that the movie would be some kind of Michael Bay’s or Roland Emmerich’s catastro-fest movie. I read and heard so many good reviews about it that made me quite curious and excited to see it. I have never been a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio as I see him as a boy trapped in a man’s body – (boyish look has its disadvantages too!) but I’m willing to look past that. Some of my friends complained that they couldn’t understand the movie at all and that I should not miss the first few minutes of the movie. I was also advised to keep my eyes and ears open throughout the movie so I could follow the storyline.
We tried to see it last night at Hoyts in Norwood but the tickets were sold out already (the movie is in its third week and it’s still selling very well!). So we decided to see it after church today in Marion. We got there nice and early and got ourselves a nice row – not too close to the screen, and not too far back.
Without spoiling the storyline too much, Inception is about Dominic Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is given a task to implant an idea subconsciously through a dream in the subject’s head. He has successfully extracted ideas through dreams before, where he infiltrates the subject’s dream and then steal the idea away. However, inception is a different matter altogether – much more dangerous anddelicate. He is assisted by a talented dream world architect, Ariadne (Ellen Page), a fellow extractor Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a forger who can change his appearance in a dream, Eames (Tom Hardy) and a chemist, Yusuf (Dileep Rao). Interweaved through this thrilling adventure is the unfinished business between Cobb and his deceased wive Mal (Marion Cotillard). It does sound far-fetched but confusing but if you pay attention to the story and come along on the journey, you will enjoy the movie. Some science-fiction films tend to abandon any logical explanations and just ram the philosophy down the viewers’ throat, however, Inception manages to implant enough information that we can follow the technology and the storyline pretty well. Of course the movie still invites robust discussions and interpretations afterwards, but good movies do that – they make you think and revisit the scenes over and over again.
Christopher Nolan has skillfully created Inception by combining the story of corporate espionage, love and loss, with the new concept of dream infiltration. No wonder the movie is a great success all over the world – it’s quite rare thesedays to find a good American movie that is not based on a comic, a published book, an old TV series or an adaptation of a foreign movie. Go along and enjoy the visual and cerebral feast! With Hans Zimmer’s bombastic music, you will also have an auditory feast as well. Be prepared to be blown away!