Release Year: 2010
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenwriter(s): Christohper Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Wanatabe, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao, Michael Caine, Pete Postlethwaite
Rating: Won 4 Oscars: Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects. 4 Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Score, Best Art Direction.
Dominic Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a thief who extract ideas from people’s subconsciousness using dream-sharing technology is hired to attempt the reverse: to plant an idea in the subconscious mind of a CEO.
Christopher Nolan first presented the idea for Inception to the studio after finishing his third feature film, Insominia (2002). They liked it but he didn’t have a script ready; he thought it would be done in a couple of months, but the finished movie didn’t hit the screen until 8 years later. In those 8 years, Nolan created something as close to perfection as you can get. Inception’s complex structure (most of the film takes place in a dream within a dream within a dream) may sound like something which should be hard to follow but rather the opposite is the case, as long as you pay attention. The quick switches between the different layers are seemless and if you pay attention the film is easy enough to follow. Apart from its famously intricate plot, Inception is also a first grade action movie, suspenseful and unforgettable. The stellar cast is lead by an excellent Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street, 2013) as Dominic Cobb, the skilled extractor who also battles a personal demon which threatens to ruin the operation. The role of his trusted colleague, Arthur, was originally meant for Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight, 2008), but after his untimely death the part was cast through auditions and an excellent choice was made! Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon, 2013) is here at his absolute coolest. Furthermore, many will remember first paying attention to Tom Hardy here in his role as the charming and resourceful Eames, and the list of great perfomances goes on. However, Inception will mainly be remembered two things: groundbraking visuals (many of which were achieved practically rather than by the help of computer effects, such as the hall way fight sequences). The second thing it will be remembered for is its music. Hans Zimmer’s score works excellently to increase the already intense level of suspense; its sound has since been a staple in many big budget action movies and is now almost a cliché. In essence, Inception is nothing less than a modern Classic and an essential watch.
According to Christopher Nolan the snowy third dream-level was inspired by his favourite James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969).
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