Even if you have not seen the film, I don’t see how any spoiler could ruin Inception for you. The concepts of the film are extremely abstract. After viewing, I felt like I finally completely understood The Matrix and Memento because Inception is just that much more mind boggling. If you don’t want to know anything about the movie, then obviously don’t read on, but I promise not to ruin anything for you.
The movie centers around the character Cobb trying to get home. Cobb, played by Leonardo Dicaprio, is a troubled man who takes a difficult job. It’s his last chance, which definitely raises the stakes. The first concept to understand is the difference between extraction and inception. Usually, Cobb takes jobs that extract information from a person’s dream. However, Saito needs Cobb and his point man, Arthur, to plant an idea into a man’s mind. This is called inception and it is much harder to do because you must go to a deeper level of a dream.
All of this is immediately captivating and incredible to look at. You will be enamored with what it is like to be in a dream. It is some of the most interesting things I’ve ever seen on film. Christopher Nolan got the opportunity to create an entirely new world where anything could happen and it does. Worlds fold in half and buildings crumble. Eventually, you lose yourself in the dreams with the dreams and understand how addictive doing this kind of job could be.
As much as the movie centers around Dicaprio’s story, it really is a great ensemble cast. At times it has an Ocean’s 11 feel, but with much more at stake and a lot more depth. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been fun to watch for years, but there is something special about getting to see him in a big budget movie along side Dicaprio. He is every ounce the actor to be playing major roles in important movies like Inception. A particularly cute moment is when he asks Ellen Page’s Ariadne for a kiss, feigning that it is for a diversion.
That brings us to Ms. Page, who has also marked her career in smaller movies. She definitely rises to the occasion, although she does not rise very tall in height. She is so little on screen next to Dicaprio, but she makes up for it with insightful acting choices. She is the only one to really understand Cobb and the best thing about this movie, is that doesn’t mean it turns into a romance. Inception could have been turned into a love story, but it is about so much more than that.
By the end you will be wildly intrigued and hoping for more. Despite the films two and a half hour time, it flies by! You won’t want the film to end and will already be planning multiple sequels. The premise and concepts of the film are so riveting that you want to see this team delve into people’s dreams everyday. It’s a concept you would want to see on television each week. Believe the hype, Inception is not a film that you would want to miss on the big screen!