Inception review

  • Breaking
  • 23/07/2010

Reviewed by Kate Rodger

Starved of original thought lately? Hell yes!

Watching Inception was like gulping down an ice cold beer knowing the rest of the six-pack is still to go, after being lost without hope in the Gobi Desert of Hollywood re-makes, sequels and movies-by-numbers for what feels like a living eternity.

The well-crafted and all-encompassing veil of secrecy this film has been hidden under since it’s, um, inception, has been catnip to Nolan fans everywhere. Inception is the most talked about non-vampire movie of the year so far and barrelled straight to number 3 on the Top 250 Films. Only The Godfather and perennial fan-boy favourite The Shawshank Redemption are more popular.

So what’s all the fuss about?

I'm not telling you anything you shouldn't already know about Inception when I say this is a movie about dreams.

It’s about a thief called Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator), who can access people's dreams, and steal their ideas.

He has some issues to sort, and a past to atone for. One last job and he might just get the chance to go home.

Effectively, you could call Inception a heist movie. You could call it a love story. You could call it science fiction, I guess, but of this world. We all dream, imagine if those dreams weren't just ours alone.

It's immersive and thought-provoking, set in a big screen world delivered so flawlessly through seamless CGI and live action, that it feels like a film CGI was invented for.

The cast is top-notch. DiCaprio delivers, as does Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose, Public Enemies). Brit Tom Hardy moves from his Handsome Bob outing in RocknRolla and slots in nicely here, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer, Brick) and Ellen Page (Juno, Hard Candy) are similarly well-cast. Nolan regular Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) is a Nolan regular for a reason, I loved him again here.

See it on the biggest screen with the loudest sound you can find, and lose yourself in Chris Nolan’s dream-world. You may never want to wake up.

Five Stars.

:: Director: Christopher Nolan
:: Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Dileep Rao, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe
:: Running Time: 150 mins
:: Rating: M - Contains Medium Level Violence
:: Release Date: July 22, 2010
:: Trailer: Click here

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