Sunday, August 1, 2010

Inception - Movie Review


Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine, Tom Berenger, Lukas Haas, Dileep Rao and Pete Postlethwaite.
Directed by Christopher Nolan.

Finally, a movie that deserves as much analysis and dissection as any season of Lost. There is a purpose behind the actions of characters, even their names, and everything happens for a reason.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, an expert at infiltrating people's dreams and stealing valuable information that rests in there. After unsuccessfully trying to extract information from a CEO named Seito (Ken Watanabe) he gets a reverse offer. Seito would like him not to steal, but plant an idea into the mind of his main competitor. If he does so, he'll pull the right strings to get Cobb's arrest warrant dropped. (Why Cobb is on the run is revealed later in the film). Cobb pulls a team together and the long con is on.

It's hard to imagine another filmmaker that could be given this budget ($160 million) and be given the liberty to make an intelligent thriller like this, but when you make the highest-grossing non-James Cameron movie of all time, liberty must be granted. It's a movie I'd be glad to see again, if just to analyze my theories about what was really going on.

I'd like to do a spoiler-filled write-up later, but suffice to say, I'm sure it'll be one of the ten nominees for Best Picture in about six months.

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