Inception: Movie Review
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cottilard, Ellen Page, Tom
Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger
Director: Christopher Nolan
The first quintessential winter blockbuster - and quite possibly a contender
for one of the films of the year.
Inception stars DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, who works in subconscious security and
steals ideas from people's minds while they're sleeping - via a shared
He's approached by Ken Watanabe's Saito who wants to bring down a rival
company and its head Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) using corporate espionage
by getting Cobb and a team to plant an idea into a rival's brain. However,
inception of an idea isn't the easiest thing to carry out...
So Cobb starts pulling together a dream weaving team who can create worlds
and carry out the perfect crime.
But when the team gets into Fischer's head, things don't go exactly as
Well, let's be honest - following that description and a tease campaign which
has had the internet ablaze with speculation, you'll either be a) rolling your
eyes or b) queueing up to get a ticket with rabid fanboy excitement.
But if you're not sure about this let me say that along with some truly
amazing eye popping visuals (worlds folding over on themselves and a café
exploding around DiCaprio and Page) there's actually a love story in there too
about Cobb seeking redemption and forgiveness over his marriage and the ultimate
fate of his wife Mal (Cottilard). It's that which keeps Inception from being far
too sci-fi that a wider audience can't appreciate it.
And thanks to the brilliant performances of DiCaprio as the tortured soul
(once again building on his role in Shutter Island) and a great supporting cast
(including the ever under appreciated Tom Hardy as the wise cracking helper)
this is never short of smart, intelligent watching.
There's plenty to puzzle on here - you really do need to keep up with the
plot and try not to lose too many of the strands. It's smart, slick film making
which looks great on the screen but requires a depth of intelligence and smarts
from its audience to get the most out of it as the enigmatic puzzle pieces begin
to fall into place. That, coupled with visuals which are extremely original in
places, will ensure this film's got more than enough to keep people hooked
during its 150 minute running time.
Quite frankly though, Inception is mind blowing, mind bending kind of
You really need to see it twice to take it all in and to work it all out -
and even then I suspect there will be fervent discussion about the final
Once again, Christopher Nolan's demonstrated he's one of the smartest,
intelligent and original directors and writers in Hollywood.
Just simply - stunning.