Movie Review: Inception

Movie Review: Inception


PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout.
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 2 Hours 28 Minutes

Warner Brothers teams up once again with acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight fame. This time around he once again directs an international cast in an original sci-fi action flick that travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams. Dom Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at the most vulnerable.

Of course Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage. It’s also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.

But now…Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption.

An Original Sci-Fi Flick

In a sea of remakes, reboots, re-imaginings and poorly done knock-offs of past blockbusters, it’s refreshing to finally see something original on the big screen.

Christopher Nolan shows his brilliance as a director and his knack for putting together a stellar cast in his latest movie Inception. First off, the cast is of international fame including Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. But the supporting actors are incredible too and are all stellar performers in and of themselves. With such notables as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine just to name a few, the chemistry and star power in Inception is amazing.

Making the movie even better, Inception has a great plot and story line that truly comes full circle to close any loops. Then, when you add in the grandiose film style of Christopher Nolan, you have what’s close to an epic movie. I come short of calling Inception an epic simply because it moves somewhat slowly. While the film technique is incredible and the scenes and backdrops are breathe-taking, there are times when the storyline moves rather slowly.

But, that’s not to say Inception should be ignored.
The style fits the movie!

While it clocks in at close to two and a half hours, and as you know I do not like long movies, I did not look at my watch during Inception. This is a fascinating excursion into the world of dreams, layer, upon layer, upon layer, upon layer, upon layer. The strong performances of all those involved and the directing style of Christopher Nolan keeps your attention and your eyes glued to the screen.

But, be forewarned. If you’re looking for lots of eye catching special effects, lots of action and huge adrenaline rushes, you will not find those in this movie.

Inception is not an adrenaline rush type movie. However, it is a movie with twists and turns. With that in mind, it’s also important to point out it’s a movie you need to pay attention to. Many clues are dropped along the way as to what’s actually taking place in the midst of what amounts layers of dreams.

The Planting Of An Idea

Webster’s dictionary defines inception as “an act, process, or instance of beginning”. The plot line of Inception revolves around the planting of an idea in a dream, with the hopes of it becoming a reality in the real world. Dom Cobb, played by DiCaprio, has been on the run as he hides a secret deep within his dream consciousness.

But, he’s still the best at what he does!

Cobb is a skilled thief at stealing information from the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is most vulnerable. In Inception Cobb is offered one last job that could give him his life back, but only if he can accomplish the impossible – inception – the planting of an idea. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his dream team of specialists have to pull off the reverse. This time their task is not to steal an idea, but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

What’s true, what’s not true? Where does reality end, and where does reality begin? In this movie, Inception, the mind is the scene of the crime.

As for the rating, PG-13 is simply not appropriate. While Inception does not need an R rating, we once again discover the need for an M for Mature rating. There’s simply too much going on here to make this family-friendly. As a result, Inception is really best aimed at an audience of say 16 and above.

Overall, we really enjoyed Inception. I’m tempted to call this a thinking persons movie, but that doesn’t best describe the feel of the movie. While it does make you think, it’s not a movie that makes you think hard. Inception is far from mindless it’s probably best described as a sci-fi psychological spin for the serious-minded action movie-goer.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.