If you are a fan of Christopher Nolan and his works, and wondered if he could possibly get any better after his masterpiece of a film, “The Dark Knight”, then boy do I have a movie for you. For most of you, you may already know what movie I am talking about, and that is “Inception”. Most of you have already seen this movie once, if not multiple times, and probably own it. There is just not a bad thing you can even say about “Inception” even if you tried. There is just too much good about the movie that makes it indescribable.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays a man named Cobb, a specialist and expert in his field of dream extraction. Dream extraction is basically entering somebody else’s dreams through a complex method and stealing some kind of hidden information for a paying third party. On the opposite side of the spectrum is inception, which is the exact opposite, planting an idea into someone’s mind, altering their decisions to come. When Saito (Ken Watanbe) offers Cob a deal he can’t refuse in order to do a job, Cobb, Saito, and a team of extractors begin their job. On the team is Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Ariadne (Ellen Page), Eames (Tom Hardy), and Yusuf (Dileep Rao).
The job is simple, using the method of going within a dream of a dream of a dream, the team constructs an elaborate scheme to get Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) to go against his father, renounce his inheritance and stop running his company. Maybe the plan wasn’t so simple; in fact it was much more difficult than that. It was a much higher risk than they could have ever thought, because at any moment, they could be sent into Limbo, a deep state of slumber that is almost impossible to leave. All the while, Cob’s deceiced wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard) remains intact in his subconscious, trying to destroy the plan.
It would be impossible for me to explain the complexity that this film holds, it just seems to add and add and add. I could sit back and tell you all of the roles these characters have, and the abilities they have in the dream world, but that would just take too long, and it eludes the point. The point is that you have never seen anything like this movie in the past, and it is unlikely you will ever see anything like it again in the future. It is entirely unique in a way that is hard for films to accomplish. It also has the story of Mal, which most filmmakers would simply look over if making it. Why? Because the character of Mal was not even needed in order to still accomplish a fantastic, epic film. However, her addition added an element that added, not subtracted, to the effect of the film.
The dreams in this movie were expertly constructed. Not only was it absolutely breathtaking and beautifully shot, but it really feels like a dream. They added elements that people will pick up on when it comes to dreams. The kick, the fall, pain in a dream feels real because it is in the mind, being able to alter the world, it is all accurate to the dot. There are so many incredible things happening on the screen, but there really isn’t a moment where I thought, “now that’s a little ridiculous, wouldn’t you say?” A dream is a dream, there are endless possibilities, and this movie conveyed that effortlessly.
Everything from the acting, to the shots, to the writing, to the audio, to the score was phenomenal on all counts. I was watching this film waiting for a slip up somewhere that I could at least say, “well it isn’t perfect, but it is near”…I can’t help myself. This movie is perfect. I have seen the movie three or four times, and I am not afraid to admit that every time I have watched it, it has yet to not impress me. It just makes you feel good in all of the right places.
If you haven’t seen this film, then you haven’t lived. It is one of those special moments in time where you have to ask yourself – if there was one movie that I watch in the entire year, what would it be? Inception is one of those films. It is a masterpiece, there isn’t anything like it, nor do I think there ever will be. It may be confusing to some younger or older viewers, but that’s okay, they would still enjoy it…at least I don’t see why not. Check it out if you haven’t already!