Director: Christopher Nolan
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gorden-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine
Screenplay: Christopher Nolan
Run Time: 148 minutes
Who Should See It?
People who are able to concentrate during a movie. Do not watch this movie if you don’t want to think. If you appreciate special effects, this movie will amaze you.
Why You Should See It?
It is a completely original idea. Dreams are old news but Nolan creates this world of dream sharing that is well thought out and surprisingly relatable. It is an eye opening movie into what Hollywood could truly be if all directors, writers, and producers put enough heart into every movie.
The movie starts with Cobb and Arthur doing a test mission for Saito. Suddenly they find themselves doing the job of inception. Saito wants Cobb and his team to plant the idea of splitting up the Fischer business empire to the heir, Robert Fischer. Cobb collects his team which includes Yusuf, Eames, Ariadne, and Arther. As they prepare for the mission Ariadne realizes that Cobb has way more issues running inside his head than he is letting on. He has deep guilt over the death of his wife Mal and she invades his dreams and threatens the mission. On a 10 hour plane ride the team of 6 infiltrate Robert’s mind and go deeper and deeper into the dream to plant a simple idea. Three levels which each more dangerous than the last for the threat of going into limbo and being lost forever.
Like I said before, I can’t imagine a movie where the director put more heart and soul into a single movie. For 10 years Chris chugged along, creating a new world and it shows. The movie has an ending that can drive you nuts but after 2 or 3 views you concoct your own idea of what it means and be happy with it. The music is amazingly intense and the suspense is torturing. You can appreciate the humor more the second time like most movies, but the visuals and characters are great the first and every other time you watch it. Each layer is completely different from the other. You have a rainy city, hotel corridor, and a winter fortress. The dream machine is simple which contrasts the complex plot and ideas. Anyone who doesn’t like this movie, doesn’t appreciate an original idea.
Nolan based the team on a movie team. Cobb is the director, other the producer, Ariadne the Production Designer, Eames is the the actor, and Saito is the the studio.
When put together the first letter of their names spells out dreams. Dom, Robert, Eames, Arther and Ariadne, Mal, Saito
Won Oscars for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Cinematography.