Inception: It’s Dreamy—Movie

Leap of faith. This phrase is repeated frequently throughout Christopher Nolan’s Inception. The same phrase applies to Nolan and his work. You never know what you’re going to get when you enter his world…from his earliest films…Following and Memento to the Batman films and now Inception. You take a leap of faith and you’re ultimately rewarded…even if you don’t always get it or disagree about endings or what it all means.

Inception is entertaining from the first frame to the very last. Not only are you stimulated visually, but you are stimulated intellectually as well. Inception’s production qualities are fabulous and the entire film is abetted by Hans Zimmer’s wonderful score.

Without giving anything away, Inception is the story of a group of brainiac thieves headed by Cobb ( Leonardo DiCaprio) who are able to extract information from people when they are at their most vulnerable…while dreaming. The group is asked by wealthy Japanese businessman, Saito, (Ken Watanabe) to do the seemingly impossible—plant an idea into a young rival’s dream–the heir apparent to a conglomerate, Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy).

DiCaprio turns in another fantastic, understated performance as the brilliant, but troubled Cobb. He is surrounded by a terrific supporting cast– Joseph Gordon-Levitt,  Ellen Page, Tom Hardy and Dileep Rao as members of his team; Michael Caine, in a small but important role as his father-in-law; and most especially, Watanabe, Murphy and Marion Cotillard as Cobb’s wife, Mal. Since her Oscar-winning role as Edith Piaf, Cotillard has amazed in every subsequent film and she gives a hauntingly beautiful performance here. She and DiCaprio are very good together.

Did I understand every minute of the film? No. Am I sure my conclusion is the correct one? No. Was I challenged and thoroughly entertained on every level? YES!

4 nuggets out of 4

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