Classic Review: Inception: Nolan’s Dreams Inside Dreams Sci-Fi is Breathtaking

Ever had your mind feeling messed up while really questioning about everything? Inception‘s brilliance can cause that after a pure experience with a film like this.

The Story: Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) doesn’t steal things, he steals ideas. By projecting himself deep into the subconscious of his targets, he can glean information that even the best computer hackers can’t get to. In the world of corporate espionage, Cobb is the ultimate weapon. But even weapons have their weakness, and when Cobb loses everything, he’s forced to embark on one final mission in a desperate quest for redemption. This time, Cobb won’t be harvesting an idea but sowing one. Should he and his team of specialists succeed, they will have discovered a new frontier in the art of psychic espionage.

“Dreams, they feel real while we’re in them, right? It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, and Dileep Rao in Inception (2010)

The summer movie season of 2010 was becoming dull at that point, but it was apparent that there could be that one saving grace that could lift up the dryness of that summer. And while Toy Story 3 is perfect all the way through, it’s about time Inception came along. And the hype of real for this one because it’s directed by Christopher Nolan. At that time, he was becoming one of the best directors working in the movie industry. This was his follow-up to the masterpiece The Dark Knight, and he came up with this wholly original movie that doesn’t fall flat on its head. Upon thinking about this after it’s done, Inception might be one of the coolest films of the past few years. This became those movies that I couldn’t stop talking about when school started because it’s a genius thing to experience onscreen when you watched it the very first time.

The writing should get the most credit here because this is one of the best original films to come out. Nolan came up with this idea for years now and as it comes into play, it really became an unpredictable and intelligently written film that can’t be redone to make it better. Because I always want to know the concept of dreams and the workings of the subconscious to see the reality of what can occur in them. But breaking into someone’s thought to plant an idea? Sounds complex but it kind of outstanding. It’s like it’s not just a science fiction film, it’s also combined with a heist feeling overall.

Everything on a technical achievement is spot-on. The score by Hans Zimmer is dramatic adding some emotional pieces throughout and it’s perfectly the right music to accompany the overall experience as it’s one of the best film scores I’ve listened to in a long time. The piece “Time” hits all the feelings so hard and connects to anyone’s soul while it’s playing.

The performances are spectacular without a single flaw. Leonardo DiCaprio delivered one of the best performance of that year. There’s so much to care about for Dom. There’s a reason why he wants to do this final job: so he can go back to his family. His performance in Shutter Island was great despite an alright movie, but Dom Cobb is DiCaprio’s role I’m going to remember in my mind as time goes on. Joseph Gordon Levitt has been impressing me in the past few years and as Arthur, this is the role that’s meant for him. Ellen Page does against type in this proving she not just play moody teens, she’s admirable in her appearance as Ariadne. The chemistry between her character and Dom worked great. Fun fact: The name Ariadne in Greek mythology means she’s the mistress of the Labyrinth. Which explains the scene where Dom tests her abilities to design a maze that can take a minute to solve. Possibly the best performance came from Tom Hardy as Eames. He’s an associate of Cobb and basically a thief in some ways, but he’s classy about everything. Hardy was kind of breaking out at that time as he was already in films like RocknRolla and Bronson, but this was definitely a breakthrough performance for what’s to come for him in the future. He also had two great lines in this: “ You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” and “So, now we’re trapped in Fischer’s mind battling his own private army, and if we get killed, we’ll be lost in limbo till our brains turn to scrambled egg.”

Everything delivered on a high scale. We all wondered how we start off in a dream and never know what happens in them after it’s done. It may sound confusing at first, but it’s fairly understandable. And Inception takes on that idea and put it in reality. All of the action sequences are memorable and exciting that you don’t want it to end. I was blown away by everything happening on screen. One of my all-time favorite scenes in any action movie was the hallway fight with Arthur. That sequences alone is pure genius. The visual effects are absolutely outstanding with buildings folding and everything tossing and turning. Along with that, the cinematography from Wally Pfister is beautiful as he captures the landscapes of each action set piece having it all fit on the screen to make it enjoyable to watch all the fantastic elements of the film itself. To me, it’ like The Matrix, Minority Report, and Heat all rolled into one.

To this day, it has those ambiguous endings that is still talked about today just wondering what it all means.

Inception is one of those films that makes you think while watching it. I’ll never get people who don’t understand the basic concept of the film and thinks its too confusing. I actually understood this from the beginning. You’ll need to use your brain and pay attention to what’s being presented on screen. There was never a moment where it’s dull or boring. This was fast-paced through and through. Everything should be thanked by Nolan as he has a brilliant mind and is considered one of the great directors of recent times for crafting an original, pure masterpiece of cinema. This was without a doubt the best movie of 2010 and of the decade by far.

To this day, Nolan being snubbed for Best Director when this came out is the biggest mistake the Academy ever made. It’s great that the film itself won 4 Oscars (Cinematography, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, & Sound Editing), but almost everybody was angry he didn’t get recognized for his directing.

Also, this is still the greatest trailer ever made, in my opinion. These trailers also started that trailer cliché of the “BAAWNNNNN” noise in other movie trailers.

Inception strongly brought the smart complexity to make this absolutely mind-blowing Sci-Fi a future classic.

Grade: A


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