“What is the most resilient parasite? An idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules. Which is why I have to steal it.”
Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” reminds those who were possibly fretful of the director’s recent mainstream success with “The Dark Night” that yes, he is still quite clever. “Inception” has been a project near and dear to the director’s heart. During filming his breath through mind-bender “Memento”, Nolan pondered the concept of “Inception”. It took ten years for the script and especially the precise whirlwind screenplay to come together on paper. After knowing this, it makes you appreciate the creation of this vast dream scape that brings the director back to his cerebral foundation. Nolan’s reputation is intact as a visionary director as he continues on his crusade of fine cinema with his newest masterpiece.
Leo DiCaprio, never one to disappoint, plays a more straight forward role compared to his last effort “Shutter Island”. Far from a breakthrough achievement though he is still quite effective as Cobbs. I admit I am spoiled after viewing “Shutter Island” and his historic performance in the film, I couldn’t resist comparing DiCaprio’s work on the back to back films. Marion Cotillard, as Cobb’s wife Mal, also gave a commendable effort the few opportunities given to joust with DiCaprio. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Cillian Murphy were disappointingly robotic in nature. I will give Levitt a free pass as this was in his character as the no frills, all business skilled tactician.
I fully expect The Academy Awards to be in Nolan and company’s future. Not only for consideration for Best Director but also for Best Screenplay and other notable sub-categories. All of those years of deliberation and editing this engaging story and its lucid screenplay will not (should not) be in vain. Christopher Nolan is working with his usual crew and that trust is displayed on screen. Whether using visual effects, stop motion or the exquisite set design, superficial or not, this is a group very familiar and comfortable with their breed of talent.
“Inception” is a triumph to watch and will be regarded as a progressive beginning to the new genre of the surreal thriller. Nolan will be regarded as one of the greatest storytellers of our time if he keeps riding this momentum. He absolutely gets giddy at the conclusion that his audience is challenged and doesn’t just passively sit in the theatre. There are few filmmakers taking such calculated risks with their career. “Inception” is one of those films that flourishes on repeated viewings to try to wrap your brain around the labyrinth that Nolan institutes. The ending. All I can say that is just when you think you have finally went through the entire maze emotionally intact, the true puzzle begins within.
“Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.”