The most anticipated movie event of the summer, and possibly of 2010, is finally here. And it could not have come any sooner.Â
â€œInceptionâ€, the latest release from â€œThe Dark Knightâ€ director Christopher Nolan, is a psychological exploration into the realm of dreams â€“â€“ a journey that is both intellectually daunting and satisfying at the same time.
The filmâ€™s protagonist Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is an â€œextractor,â€ someone who is able to go within the minds of the most powerful people in the world and steal their secrets. Â
Heâ€™s had a troubling past though, which caused him to flee his children in the United States and live on the run.Â All hope is lost to ever see his children again until he receives a job offer from Saito, a powerful energy corporation executive, who is played by Ken Watanabe.
Saito wants Cobb to sabotage a rival corporation by convincing its leader Robert Fischer, played by Cilian Murphy, to give up his business empire by planting an idea within the mind of a target rather than stealing one. That process is called inception.Â
Â If Cobb can pull off the mission, Saito will pull some strings and allow him to return stateside to see his children again.
To complete the job, Cobb needs to find an â€œarchitect,â€ someone who has the ability to design the dream world that the target then fills with his or her secrets.Â He finds one in Ariadne, a creative prodigy played by Ellen Page.Â
Within the dream world, Cobb is haunted by Marion Cotillardâ€™s character Mal, a woman from his past who is fixed within his subconscious.
As Cobb and his team go deeper into Fischerâ€™s mind, it becomes more dangerous and difficult for them to get out.Â
This statement rings true for the audience as well.Â As Nolanâ€™s masterpiece progresses, one canâ€™t help but become immersed in the dream world and hope to never leave. What starts off as a good setup for a heist thriller quickly morphs into one of the most inventive narratives that has come out in recent memory.
Nolan, who worked for nearly a decade writing the script, deserves Oscar nominations, if not wins, for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.Â Heck, the entire film is bound to get nominations across the board and deservedly so.Â
The movie is so gripping and fascinating that you will be thinking about it for days on end, all the while longing to see it for the second, third or fourth time.Â
The innovation of this film is so refreshing itâ€™s like a divine oasis in the barren wasteland that comprises the abysmal releases so far in 2010. Â Â Â Â
Nolan took a big risk in making a psychological thriller such as â€œInception.â€Â Though audiences will not flock to see this movie as much as they did to see â€œThe Dark Knightâ€ because itâ€™s not as accessible to moviegoers, itâ€™s a shame if people are deterred from seeing â€œInceptionâ€ because it looks too confusing or it seems to require too much thinking.Â
Nolan should be praised for creating such a spellbinding world that challenges the viewer in a time where most other movies give in to stupidity and still hit the top of the box office.Â
To place â€œInceptionâ€ in the same category as most of the other garbage that has come out this year is an absolute crime.Â Never have I had a movie grab hold of my mind and twist my thinking so much that by the time the credits rolled I struggled to find a word to accurately describe how flawless this film is. I could barely muster up a word at all, my mind was still invested within the surreal world that Nolan had placed me in.Â
Nolan is one of the true visionaries in the film industry. I wish more filmmakers would follow his lead. But most of all I hope that his dreams will never end.Â
Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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