Inception Is The Movie Of The Summer
In case you haven’t noticed, the 2010 summer of movies has pretty much stunk, except if you’re a child. But fear not moviegoers, Inception has arrived to save the summer (and maybe the year). Part sci-fi, part shoot ‘em up and part mind bender, Inception is one of those movies that simply must be seen.
The Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight)–directed gem of a film is almost too smart for its own good. But while the brilliantly executed plot may fly right over some viewers heads, the action scenes make up for whatever your brain cannot readily digest. Conceptually, Inception is borderline brilliant. Nolan reportedly took ten years to write the script and it’s obvious lots of research went into the film. Touching on the mystery of dreams in a manner somewhat tangible and blowing the concept right through the roof of realism is what Inception accomplishes. During the explanation portion of the film, you may find yourself nodding in agreement at some of the points relating to dreams, such as a dream feeling much longer than the 20-minute nap you took. It will take about as much focused concentration to stick with the plot as it did for Nolan to write it, but by the time the movie wraps (at an almost obese 150 minute clip) you’ll enjoy the payoff and the conversation.
But no movie is worth it’s weight if the acting isn’t above average. Nolan’s casting of Leonardo DiCaprio as the main character pays off in dividends. DiCaprio is his usual brilliant self as Dominic “Dom” Cobb and is a solid driving force throughout the film. It also helps that Inception contains a better plot for DiCaprio than the head scratching Shutter Island which just dragged on too long before the climax. Juno‘s Ellen Page also turns in a solid performance as Ariadne and reminds you why she is one of the young actresses that must be paid attention to. Although the characters lack depth at times, Inception makes its mark because of it’s mind- stimulating plot and its usage of special effects.
Oh, how the special effects are done just right in Inception.
Rather than being a film simply driven by special effects, Inception provides just enough mind-blowing scenes without over-saturating the film and stealing from the plot and performances. If you’ve seen the trailer, then you know that the effects feature a lot of zero-gravity and shape-shifting. Watching it delivers a feeling similar to the first time you saw The Matrix and let a “wow” escape your lips.
Rather than try to offer a summary of the plot, it is better you see Inception with an open mind and allow the movie to take you away.
Where most of today’s box office flicks consist of remaking films from the 80′s or continuing franchises one movie too many, Inception accomplishes something rarely done by Hollywood these days: delivering an original concept with the zest of an independent movie on steroids. Even if you do not enjoy Inception, you will at least appreciate the originality. That alone is worth spending your hard earned money at the movie theater.