‘Classics’ Review: Inception
by E. McDonnell
‘The film features some amazing world building, as well as some mind-blowing practical effects such as a zero-gravity fight, a train going through the middle of a car chase and Paris literally folding itself in half!’
***** 5 Stars
Director: Christopher Nolan
Actors: Leonardo Di Caprio, Gordan Levitt- Joseph, Marion Coltard, Cilian Murphy, Tom Hardy
Plot Synopsis: Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others – but he doesn’t steal things, he steals ideas. By projecting himself deep into the subconscious of his targets, he can glean information that even the best computer hackers can’t get to. But when Cobb loses everything, he’s forced to embark on one final mission in a desperate quest for redemption – an inception.
Inception is a masterpiece of a film. From the opening moment, the audience is immersed in this world of imagination and mystery, creating puzzles that they have to unravel throughout the 2 and a half hour run-time. This film is by no means an easy watch, and requires your full attention, but if you immerse yourself within the movie and buy into this world, you will be thoroughly rewarded…
Christopher Nolan is at his best in this film – the complex story through different levels of dreams and nonlinear story-lines is kept exciting and intriguing throughout, despite the complexity of the story. It is so well written and well directed, with emotion conveyed throughout making the story gritty and grounded. And it manages to feel real, despite the far-fetched nature of the plot . This is probably helped through the calibre of the acting which is 5 star – I mean Leonardo di Caprio, Tom Hardy and Cilian murphy – what do you expect?! If there is anything to criticise, it’s that the actors don’t get to show off their full abilities, although, in a story like this, less is perhaps more; without their talents, this story would probably feel unrealistic and gives an otherwise complex story life and heart, especially di Caprio’s character that keeps you guessing through the whole movie – further keeping the audience engaged.
But perhaps the main selling point of the movie is the amazing visuals. The film features some amazing world building, as well as some mind-blowing practical effects such as a zero-gravity fight, a train going through the middle of a car chase and Paris literally folding itself in half! The way that all of the sequences fit together is a masterclass of editing and creates suspense adding to the exquisite action sequences, further emphasised by the great score by Hans Zimmer.
As well as mind boggling special effects, this film revolutionised the heist movie and puts a unique twist on the sci-fi genre, that unlike many movies of the same genre, has heart and goes deeper than just the usual themes, exploring what reality is and how loss can affect people – even dream thieves.
Although the film has a very complex story and the different sub plots sometimes make the story quite complicated for the audience to comprehend – for those that understand the film, it’s simply amazing.
Inception is currently available on Netflix and was rated 12A by the BBFC.