July 23, 2010 Inception
Studio: Warner Bros. Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout.
What if you could travel inside someone's dreams? You could learn all of that person's inner secrets and desires.
In Christopher Nolan's film "Inception" Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb. He's an expert at getting inside of your head.
But, he's on the wrong side of the law, using his talents to steal secrets.
On the run and unable to return home to his family, Cobb is given a rare opportunity to wipe the slate clean. But he needs help...so he visits Miles (Michael Caine) to ask for assistance.
Miles sends Cobb to meet Ariadne (Ellen Page). She has the skill he needs to make the dream world seem real, so he can slip into his victim's thoughts and complete his mission.
"Inception" is a high-concept action film that delivers on both ends. It's thoughtful and it's exciting.
Cobb assembles a team to help him enter the mind of Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy). He is the heir to an energy empire...and his rival Saito (Ken Watanabe) needs Cobb to plant an idea in Fischer's head...an inception.
It's thought to be impossible, but Cobb insists he can do it.
There are more layers to this movie than an onion. At one point, there are five different realities going on...four in dreamland and one in the real world. And time progresses differently on each level. Throw in the fact that Cobb's psyche is damaged by the suicide of his wife and you have more twists and turns than most thrillers.
This is Nolan's first film since his blockbuster smash "The Dark Knight." As a director he's always been interested in the inner workings of the mind and the psychological motivations of his characters. Here he hits all the right notes. The acting is superb. The special effects bring the dream world to life and the music by Hans Zimmer is perfect in setting the tone.
On my rating scale, "Inception" hits a HOME RUN.
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