Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon Levitt
RATING: 5 Stars
Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible, inception. – From IMDB
I am going to be a straight with you right of the bat. This isn’t going to be a review, this is going to be more of a gush about how much I love this freaking film so much. I have only about 5 films on my watched list that hit that illusive 5 star mark. And this is one of them. Not only does it have one of the most stacked and talented casts ever assembled in one film. But the story, plot twists and visuals are all amazing.
Heist movies are one of my all time favourites. From the old schools ones, right through to technical and narrative masterpieces like this. There is something about seeing a well laid plan come together and the little surprises and improvisations that always occur along the way that fascinate me. And this one has twists and turns coming from every angle.
We all know that of late, Nolan has enjoyed messing around with time and reality in his movies. But before he went totally off grid with Tenet, he dabbled in the dream world in Inception, and for me it was a much greater success. Tenet required too much brain power to think about, the sci-fi element was too complicated, or was made to sound too complicated. And while the dreamscape here isn’t exactly straightforward, it does feel more logical and we can easily get to grips with the rules. Some scenes in this film from that dreamscape have become legendary. Like the gravity defying hall-way fight scene pictured above, or the Paris street bending scene with Elliot (then Ellen) Page. The visuals here are jaw-dropping. I remember seeing this in the cinema and being absolutely blown away by what Nolan had put on screen. And even now, ten years later, it is still amazing.
Not only did he direct, but he also wrote the script for the movie as well, and in doing so has created some of my favourite movie characters. Both Arthur and Eames are such enjoyable characters especially when they are on screen together, and Leo DiCaprio gives one of my favourite performances in this film. The characters have distinct personalities and nuances that make them feel real and relatable. And all have great banter, which is great just because to me, great banter is always great.
I even give massive props to the score of the film. So recognisable now, I love the music used. It features heavily on my playlists and is one of, if not maybe my favourite movie soundtrack of recent years.
If you haven’t checked this out yet I highly, HIGHLY recommend you do so. It wont disappoint.