Ms. Tara Causey
8 October 2014
Inception Dreamt up a Great Review
Written for IMDB.com
“They say we only use a fraction of our brain's true potential. Now that's when we're awake. When we're asleep, we can do almost anything” (Inception). Cobb explains in the movie Inception. Dreams are a sophisticated phenomenon that occurs within the human mind when at rest. The definition of inception by the movie’s standpoint is the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious. The thoughts that occur during dreaming are so surreal that even the person dreaming has no knowledge of reality until he or she wakes up. “Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange” (Inception). Christopher Nolan strikes again in this exciting thriller about dream extractors in the business world of corporate America. Nolan is a director of critically acclaimed films such as The Dark Knight and The Prestige. This 2010 film directed by Christopher Nolan has a well-developed cast, stunning Cinematography and sound mixing, and thought-provoking plot twists that engages with the audience at every moment throughout this mind-blowing experience.
Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and business partner Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are "extractors", people who perform corporate espionage using an experimental military technology to infiltrate the subconscious of their targets. Their purpose of doing so is to extract information while experiencing shared dreaming to avoid any suspicion that they were ever in that person’s dream to begin with. Cobb and Arthur are given an assignment by Saito (Ken Watanabe) that requires the help of other skill sets in order to complete. Saito agrees to take any burdens off of Cobb in order for him to see his family again. Saito wants the team to perform "inception” on a corporate competitor Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) in order to dissolve the opposing company. The team consists of: Cobb; Eames (Tom Hardy), a conman and identity forger; Yusuf (Dileep Rao), a chemist who creates the powerful sedative for a stable "dream within a dream" state; Ariadne (Ellen Page), an architecture student tasked with designing the dream landscapes; and Arthur. They successfully enter Robert Fischer’s dream and go into a multi dream within a dream state where they implement the proper idea to dissolve the company. Director Christopher Nolan has assembled an unbelievable cast that captivates the true meaning of flawless acting in this apprized movie installment. From DiCaprio to Page the acting performances given by these truly gifted actors are no less than extraordinary performances. Nolan has an extremely tight knit type of actors he casts in his movies. Many of his movies include prevalent actors in which he casts for his characters. He stays much attached to people who give him a correct representation of characters in previous movies. The cast is filled with Golden Globe and Oscar nominees whom, in my opinion, contribute to one of the most important aspects of a movie. Characters are aided by visuals and audio to make up a beautifully created movie masterpiece. The Cinematography and Soundtrack of Inception is what makes Nolan’s perfection such a unique work of art. Wally Pfister is the Cinematographer who put all the visuals of the film together. The special effects shown on the motion picture are a one of a kind feature that has been accomplished. The transitions from different dreams are impeccably put together and they flow nicely into the movie. Pfister attempted to use as little computer generated effects as possible and stick to the more traditional practical effects to make it look as real as possible. The different cuts between the dream states are extremely unnoticeable throughout the whole movie that believes that they are experiencing the inception state first hand. The Soundtrack is also an unbelievable feature of the...
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Warner Bros. Pictures. "Inception." IMDb. IMDb.com, 16 July 2010. Web. 16 Oct. 2014.
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