I don’t think I had ever been so excited to see a movie. For starters it was directed by Christopher Nolan who has made three of the best movies I’ve ever seen (Memento (my all time favorite), The Prestige, and The Dark Knight). He is a master of his craft and all his movies have failed to disappoint me (besides Insomnia… that did a lot). Second off it has one of the best ensemble casts that I’ve seen in a long while. Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Marion Cotillard; an amazing cast! Third was the trailer; best trailer ever, period.
My expectations were probably in space, and the quality? Out of the universe! The problem with me reviewing this is that I don’t want to overhype it so that people go in with the highest of high expectations (even though I did). Some will most definitely not like this movie, though their stupid, they have their own opinions. So please read this not as an opinion former, but a set opinion, of a big fan of Nolan, the cast, and the trailer, like I am sure most of you are.
I was so pumped up to see this that I went at midnight. I bought my tickets three hours earlier, and arrived at 11:30, to see a packed theater. Even though it was packed, me and my company had good seats. I was about to embark on one of the greatest adventures of my [movie-going] life. So get ready for a ridiculously long review, because that would be the only proper way to pay respect to this masterwork.
Inception, what is it about? Without spoiling anything… it’s kind of hard to explain. Leonardo DiCaprio is Cobb. Cobb is a security man, but a special kind of security… your subconscious. He goes into your mind and steals your secrets, by going through your dream. It’s a very hard process so he isn’t anything without his team; Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt); Cobb’s partner for years, Eames (Tom Hardy); an excellent man in deception, Yusuf (Dileep Rao); a top notch chemist, and Aridane (Ellen Page); the new architect in the group, she designs the dreams. But that’s not even what it’s about.
The movie starts with Cobb and Arthur in the middle of a job inside the mind of Ken Watanabe. There are many confusing aspects to this (the movie is very confusing in the beginning) first job, but I’ll do my best to explain. So from then on because something different. Ken’s character, Saito, knew they were inside his dream, and it was a test. So then Ken gives the two a job that would grant them new life. They have to perform Inception, which is not the normal the normal way to go into dreams. Instead of taking secrets/thoughts they implant one which grows. Saito wants them to do this to Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) because he is the heir to a rival business company. Saito wants them to basically make Fischer bring down his own company… and that’s were things get tricky.
I can’t go in any further detail as far as plot goes because you must just see it to understand. I go for hours and hours behind the logic just so you can understand, but once you see it, we could talk for two minutes and we’d be done. So things are better left unread and seen. So now on to specific aspects of the movie.
Christopher Nolan is a master director. Everything he does is either amazing (Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and this!), or great (Following, Batman Begins); and then one not so good one (Insomnia). Even though he’s only made 7 movies I can easily say he is my second favorite director of all time (behind Stanley Kubrick) already. Everything he does is just pure genius and masterful. Memento is the best movie I’ve ever seen, and a large portion is due to his story and direction. The direction is also powerful in his other movies, especially The Dark Knight. If any other director did The Dark Knight, it would have been half as good. Nolan knows the stories he is going to make extremely well. He becomes involved, and he knows how to control actors and utilize them to their fullest potential. He does nothing short with Inception.
This is probably Nolan’s best job directing in 9 years (Memento), which is a very bold statement considering the amazing magnitude The Dark Knight is on. Nolan gets completely involved with his captivating story and you can tell. He has his moments of pure drama, some humorous parts, and some of the best actions scenes I’ve maybe ever seen. It helps that Nolan wrote it for then he knows what he wants to do and he does it. There is never a point were he loses control, he always knows what he’s doing, what he’s going to do, and how he going to do it.
The best example is the best fight scene I have EVER, repeat, EVER, have seen. In two words it was, Mind-blowing. My jaw had literally dropped during the whole fight, I was on the edge of my seat, and when it was over I turned next to my friend and said, “Did you just see that!?”; yes it was that damn good. The reason is not only because of the chorography but mainly because of Nolan’s master direction! It is between Arthur and a random baddie, but there is a twist (yes a twist to a fight), there is shifting gravity. Meaning that one moment the ground is down, the next moment the wall is, and then the ceiling, and it keeps rotating. So while this crazy shift of gravity is going on these two are fighting each other and trying to get a gun that keeps sliding away. Nolan uses all the right techniques for this scene. He just does everything right that you have to see it to believe it. The best thing though is that he doesn’t get all shaky, like in the Bourne movies, were you can’t see a damn thing happening! Everything is crystal clear and that was a big reason why it was the best!
Nolan has directed himself his fourth masterpiece, and it wasn’t solely because of him, but a big portion of it was! This is a very epic, intense, and mind-blowing film, and I must say Bravo to you Nolan, you made this great!
The acting is nothing short to amazing. Leonardo was made for the lead role, everything about him was just perfect, he is Cobb in my mind forever now. Though Leo is a perfect leading man he was not the best acting, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Like I said Leo is the perfect leading man, he has all the qualities he should. He gives an absolutely fantastic performance, he grasps our attention and makes us involved with the character, everyone says he is great looking, and everyone knows and loves him! He is perfect and he plays the role so well. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the movie, he did do really well in Shutter Island, but this performance makes that look like child’s-play, same with all of his other performances. Yes, I think this is Leo’s best, well maybe after The Departed. Leo is just chalk full of emotion in every scene and he is never letting you go in his captivation. Leo just slowly makes me love him more and more as an actor and it was smart of him to do Inception. It was a very hard role to pull off and I cant tell you, most would probably miserably fail were Leo succeeded so dearly. In my eyes he deserves a Best Actor nom.
The supporting cast is also up to speed with Leo. There are four other truly amazing performances in the movie. They come from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Marion Cotillard. Joseph is just an extremely charming guy; he is slowly becoming my man crush. With movies like Angels in the Outfield (come on, it’s classic with him and that black boy, and Christopher Lloyd), Manic, Mysterious Skin, The Lookout, Stop-Loss, Killshot (not that bad), I suppose (500) Days of Summer (overrated), but most importantly Brick, and now this! He just knows how to play the roles he is assigned, and he can play them all ridiculously amazingly! Tom Hardy is basically just the comic relief, he is extremely funny and fun to watch so that’s why I really liked his performance.
Cillian Murphy is just an extremely emotional man in this movie. He plays the role with a serene beauty. He gets you very emotionally involved with his character and he does it extremely well. Finally there is Marion Cotillard, who scared the living hell out of me at many times. She is Cobb’s dead wife who keeps interfering with the team’s missions, because she still lives in Cobb’s subconscious, and because of her we get an interesting back story on Cobb. She plays her role amazingly; she deceives, kills, and is just crazy as fuck. She is so crazy at times it scares me, and she is also very deeply involving because of her emotional intensity. So in all I think it’s possible this movie deserves three Supporting Actor nominations, and a Supporting Actress nomination. Something may change by the end of the year, but that’s what I think right now. Everyone else just does an OK job, nothing special like these five. But Ellen Page really underwhelmed me and times and I think she was wrong for the role, she really seemed out-of-place.
The movie was written by Christopher Nolan, pure genius. This was Nolan’s first completely original work since his debut film, Following back in 1998. But that doesn’t even matter because he is one of the best story tellers ever, and maybe one of the best writers ever. Inception is Nolan’s Avatar… bad example, but it’s his epic masterpiece. Though not his best movie it is epic on every damn level and just complete genius, pure entertainment, and a mind-fuck, but in a completely good way. This is one of the most original movies I’ve seen in an extremely long time. Hollywood is living in remakes, reboots, sequels, and crap to make money. This is the most refreshing movie I’ve seen in a long while thanks to Nolan. Everything is spot it, it stays true to it’s Sci-Fi aspects, while still being an entertaining action blockbuster. It’s also so damn clever that Nolan probably went crazy trying to write it and stay to the logic within side his world. I was captivated since the moment it started and I must say bravo Nolan.
So that was my epic review of an epic movie. I didn’t want to overhype this movie for anyone but as I started writing, I couldn’t stop. This movie is so compelling on just every level. I want to see it multiple more times in theaters, and kiss the feet of Christopher Nolan. Some will call me stupid for saying this but I can already say that this is one of my all time favorite movies ever; it is definitely Nolan’s second best work behind Memento only. I can also tell you this will end up as number 1 on my top 10 of 2010, I can guarantee it. When I do my version of the Oscars, I think this movie deserves the following nominations (and probably wins but I can’t tell until the end of the year): Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Three Supporting Actors, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Special Effects, Best Sound, and maybe some others I’m forgetting.
All in all Inception is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen and I recommended it to everyone. It is a truly astonishing film and even if you aren’t a fan of the Sci-Fi genre, see it anyways because I think you will pull at least something out of it. Inception is a movie that will be talked about decades from now as far as influence goes, I can foresee it in the future. One last time,
NOTE: After seeing this another two times, my opinion hasn’t changed in the slightest!