INCEPTION: Better than your wildest dreams

17 Jul

Words by Rahsian Parris/Photography courtesy of Warnerbros.

INCEPTION is a modern science fiction movie with the prowess of a great psychological thriller and the spark of genius. Set within the realms of the subconscious, the story unfolds. A group of rogue criminals hack into people’s dreams and steal their ideas by entering the dreams themselves. Within the group there are particular duties carried out by particular people. The Extractor (Leonardo Dicaprio Shutter Island), The Architect (Ellen Page Juno) and The Point Man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt 500 Days of Summer) to name a few. True to their names, The Extractor is the person in charge of obtaining these ideas and bringing them into the ‘real world’, The Architect designs the dreams, much like recreating a work of art, so that the person dreaming is unaware of whether they are in ‘real life’ or a dream, thus, not hiding the information being sought after, which also avoids vicious ‘subconscious security’, ‘projections’ in the form of unforgiving assassins. The Point Man (slightly less obvious) was described by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as being “the producer, the one who makes everything go to plan”. Within the story of the groups ultimate forage through the mind of bereaved tycoon, Robert Fischer Jr, played by typically brooding actor Cillian Murphy; is the story of the loss, guilt and subsequent trauma faced by Dom – The Extractor – Cobb as a result of the death of his wife.

From start to finish Inception is like an electric surge of masterfully crafted action, with enough precision to shock, but never overkill. The mesmeric action sequences are interlaced by a tragic love story whose haunting poignancy is symptomatic of the films visualization of the emotional transparencies and complexities of the subconscious, though it is the brilliance of the film’s actors that brings Christopher Nolan‘s dream to life. The correlation between Hollywood heavy weights Leonardo Dicaprio and Cillian Murphy and rising stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page is a spectrum of rich artistry solidified by a modest awareness that brings out the kind of lucid acting so rarely cast upon the Hollywood screen.

Dicaprio is triumphant in demonstrating why he is the new master of psychology and Nolan favourite, Murphy, manages to divulge the intricate state between heroism and villainy. Gordon-Levitt, who is not new to impressive, understated performances, though has progressively been overshadowed by his fanciable ‘romcom’ geek typecast; sheds his rookie-esque skin with a strong performance that is sure to elevate him into the super stardom status that he deserves. Page, on the other hand, drops the Juno juvenility that got her her recognition, but that has lingered through her last few performances and emerges in maturation as one of the silver screen’s most profound talents. Marion Cotillard‘s performance as the deceased wife of Dom Cobb is nothing but riveting, expressing the dark undertones of the ‘lost love’ theme that reads like a magnified session in therapy, brutally exposing the fragility of humanity as something the subconscious cannot hide.

Inception is The Matrix for intelligent people, with a concept and cast that lacks the pretense and ambiguity that plagued the aforementioned atrocity. All in all Christopher Nolan’s latest creation has catapulted the science fiction genre into the 21st Century and beyond in a way that is set to sit in the consciousness of film lovers every where. Like very few science fiction films of the past decade, the challenge here is not to see if you can sit through it, but to dare to dream of something better.

Inception is now in cinemas and IMAX. Watch the trailer here

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8 Responses to “INCEPTION: Better than your wildest dreams”

  1. Lisa July 17, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    A cast full of fantastic actors- Leo, Ellen and Joe.
    I will SO be watching this.
    Such a great review, T!

  2. Mum July 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Huumm, a way you go girl. That review really was something. I always have to ask ‘whats happening now’ when I watch a psychological thriller, now I don’t. Your review has certainly wet my appetite and I can watch and enjoy. thank you.

  3. lawzymush July 19, 2010 at 3:16 am #

    Wow! I thought this movie looked great, but on reading that review it seems awesome! Will be reading the blog for the next good movies to check out! Cheers! So glad I found this page! 🙂

  4. lydia July 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    Very well written::can’t wait to watch it: you got me hooked now from FB and twittering about it!

    • Jamille July 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

      Matrix for intellectuals… interesting. I was a bit sceptical about it, but I’ll take your word for it and give it a try this weekend!

      • Jamille July 25, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

        Tamsy, you owe me the money for my tickets and popcorn!
        It was a knock off of Dreamscape, which was good, but this… poor attempt.

      • rparris July 25, 2010 at 6:13 pm #

        Haven’t seen Dreamscape so can’t comment on that, but I really don’t see what there is not to like about *Inception*. It’s clear, with depth, funny in parts, meaningful, beautifully scripted, the visuals are great, good acting. What specifically did you *not* like? (Here’s me defending it like it’s my film lol).

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