Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page
Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan
IMDB Rating: 8.8
A modern classic from one of the great modern minds of cinema. This piece of visual theatre will forever be known as Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece.
Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) is the best at the art of extraction – stealing secrets from people’s subconscious. His job has cost him his normal life back in America with his kids. He is offered a chance to have a fresh start in life, but for that he has to perform inception. Instead of taking an idea, he has to plant one – a very risky and nearly impossible job that he has to take.
This feels like the films I used to watch as a child – only for adults. When I was little (and still now, I guess) I had such a short attention span that the only movies I ever saw were short and constantly engaging. It feels like a while since I’ve seen a film that constantly keeps you involved – whether it’s explaining this fantastical idea that people can steal each others thoughts, or going through the drama of Cobb and his troubled dead wife. Inception is a story which is directed like, and given as much depth as a novel – something I’m not sure I’ve seen before especially in modern cinema. Not a sentence is wasted, each one giving the film more clarity and meaning. A lot of films these days seem to have a sort of cooling off period. Around halfway through – sometimes just gone – the film calms down, whether it’s developing the characters or a relationship of sort, the action or drama just stops for a while. This film doesn’t seem to have this period – I think the idea and story created by Nolan is too complex for that. After seeing this countless times I’ve decided what makes this so much better than other sci-fi/fantasy films – apart from the story itself – is the amazing score created by Hans Zimmer. This week we featured the soundtrack to the movie, Time – a great piece of music on its own. This, combined with the constant noises of similar ilk throughout every moment of the film, gives the images and dialogue so much more punch.
I don’t think there’s many films where nigh-on everyone delivers a great acting performance. DiCaprio is his stellar self again, like in countless other films. The majority of dialogue is performed with such intent and vigour that it gives it an almost theatrical feel. Not theatrical in a movie sense – in a stage performance sense.
Nolan’s work with the camera is also good – although I think it’s the only part of the movie that doesn’t supersede movies before it. It’s everything else around this movie that makes it the superb creation that it is. That being said, there is some superb scenes in this movie – my personal favourite being this fight between Arthur (Gordon-Levitt) and the hotel guards, where they are chucked around the walls as the van topples down the hill in the dream above.
This film is less beautiful, more theatrical. A story of drama and intrigue and imagination that I hope will not only be big for us now, but will also stand the test of time.
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Also, do you think this is the best of modern cinema? If not, what would you say is? I’m interested to hear what you people class as modern cinema!