Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard, Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Caine
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Written By: Christopher Nolan
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 28 min
You’ve got to hand it to Christopher Nolan, he certainly isn’t afraid to trust summer movie going audiences with complex story lines and concepts. Inception is a story about a man navigating dreams (even dreams within dreams) in order to be reunited with his family. Or is it?
This film is an exhilarating fantasy presented in a tangible real life world. Implausible and ridiculous, yet grounded by an excellent script, and fine performances from its cast. This movie has elements in its plot operating simultaneously over four layers of dream states, where time runs at different speeds in each one. Yet thanks to Christopher Nolan and editor, Lee Smith, somehow still makes perfect sense, and is easy to follow.
Inception is a film that dazzles the viewer with fantastical visuals, and makes the heart pound to Hans Zimmer’s beautiful and blunt score. This isn’t all high concept smoke and mirrors either. At its heart is a story about tragedy and loss. Family and destiny. It tugs at the heart-strings, while simultaneously delivering epic unforgettable moments – like Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s fight in a hotel corridor.
This movie is a spinning top that won’t fall over. Sure, it’ll stumble and tease as it exhausts its energy. But it’ll keep you guessing and linger in your thoughts long after the credits have rolled.
If you enjoy high-concept fantastical stories, then you should enjoy Inception. This movie is rated PG-13 so the violence never gets too graphic.
This film is beautifully shot, and works best in a theater. At home, a HD screening on the biggest TV you can find is recommended. Watching a movie like this on a portable sized screen would be a mistake.
I absolutely love Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s scenes in the hotel – especially when he has to fight a guy in a corridor that’s rotating 360 degrees!