It’s a breath of fresh air when one of the most anticipated films of the year hits the big screen and actually lives up to the hype. 2010 has seen the building up of films such as Alice In Wonderland, The Wolfman and Robin Hood which have all fallen far short of expectations. Fortunately, Christopher Nolan’s latest mind-bending thriller, Inception, reassures us that high budget blockbusters can (in rare circumstances) be both spectacular AND smart at the same time. It would seem that following up a monster international hit like The Dark Knight would be a big ask for Nolan-who not only directed Inception but wrote and produced it as well. But what he has created is a philosophical tapestry of questions rife with spectacular (though at times laborious) imagery and CGI, first class performances from his cast and a film that many argue outshine his previously critically acclaimed The Dark Knight, Memento and The Prestige.
In a nutshell, the ever so capable Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb, a man who works with a team who steals corporate secrets from the minds of executives while they sleep. As a series of events unfold, Cobb and his team set out to implant an idea in the mind of Robert Fischer Jr. (Cillian Murphy), the son of a corporate giant whose death will make the rival corporation so powerful as to overthrow the government. From here Cobb and his team begin the exceedingly complex and multi-layered process of not only building the world in which they will place Fischer Jr, but the scripted plan they will have to follow in order to lead him to subconscious thought that will eventually grow to a major, conscious decision that he would not otherwise make. Nolan creates level upon level, until his audience is not quite where, exactly, they have been led. DiCaprio has always been a fine actor, from his earlier films Forgetting Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries, his acclaimed performance in Titanic to 2010’s Shutter Island. DiCaprio has turned...
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