Inception (2010): Official Movie Review

By: Nicole Yvette (Movie Critical)

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Inception
Year: 2010
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanbe, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine

“What’s the most resilient parasite?  An Idea.”  In this quote, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Cobb is speaking about implanting ideas in the human mind, although it could also be “Inception” director, Christopher Nolan, describing his journey with his new masterpiece.  Nolan first approached Warner Bros with the idea for “Inception” back in 2002, without a script, but even without this, both he and Warner Bros knew what they had in their hands.  From this idea grew the larger than life and mind-blowing “Inception” which finally found its debut in July of 2010.  It has been well worth the wait.  Nolan pushes everything to the limit in this film and every little detail is sewn up tightly and with the greatest care.  He could well be one of the best directors of our time, and this film could be the best of the year.

Cobb and his partner Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are in the business of extracting information from the minds of others by exploring their subconscious through their dreams.  It seems as though they have nearly come to the end of the road after a botched job, when Cobb, who is still recovering from the death of his wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard) is approached by Saito (Ken Watanbe) with an offer he can’t refuse.  Along with Arthur and the help of architectural genius Ariadne (Ellen Page) they begin their planning on how to plant an idea in the mind of Robert Fischer Jr. (Cillian Murphy), but little do they know the dark depths they will explore of not only Fischer’s mind, but of another’s that is far more dangerous.

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Absolutely everything about “Inception” is amazing.  This original story is absolutely intriguing and extremely clever, with no stone left unturned and no questions left unanswered.  Nolan completely captures the dream world and will make you remember things from your dreams that you normally forget once you have woken up.  The whole concept of extracting information from dreams and implanting ideas is complete genius.  The cinematography and special effects are definitely something to write home about and people will leave the cinema raving about their favourite sequences.  “Inception” is one of those movies you will have to see at the cinema to get the full effect.  The musical score is also perfectly suited to the movie and is able to capture the darkness of the situation at hand.

The acting and the storyline are what differentiates ‘Inception” from all other action and science fiction blockbusters out there.  The acting flushes out the raw human emotions in the film and draws the viewer in even more.  The star of the film is DiCaprio and he is back to his high calibre of acting.  He draws on his past roles of both the tough talking detective and the sensitive husband and father, and combines them both in this role with fantastic results.  He is a mystery, but at the same time connects with the audience on many levels.  Marion Cotillard is also superb.  It is as if she plays multiple roles in this film..the loving wife and mother, the unstable wife and mother, the seductress, the evil spirit and the list goes on.  She is completely believable and an amazing character who has so much presence and control over the audience every time she appears on the screen.  High praise also goes to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page and Cillian Murphy.  Many of Gordon-Levitt’s co-stars must have been jealous of his opportunity to be part of some of the most amazing scenes in the movie which would have been a real treat to have taken part in.  Each of these actors (and actress) plays a role completely unlike any role they have taken on and they pull it off perfectly, which earns more praise for Nolan’s directing.  He pushes his actors to their limits in roles which they are not known for.  Nolan is a director who actors relate to very well, hence why so many actors he has previously worked with keep reappearing in his films.

“Inception” is not to be missed.  This is definitely Nolan’s best film to date and he is worthy of every piece of praise he receives for it.  He could have well been responsible for the best film of the year and one can only hope that the academy remembers him come Oscar season next year.  There are many awards he and his cast should win for this masterpiece and there is no reason they should not be remembered next year, as “Inception” is a film that will not be forgotten.
9.5/10

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