July 14, 2010

'Inception:' A Thrilling Confusion of a Film

Inception movie posterEveryone's been buzzing about director Christopher Nolan's latest film Inception. The film's dizzying and confusing promo spots left little to be understood about the actual plot, so I was excited to check out a screening to see if the movie lived up to the hype. It did.

The cast is amazing (Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, and Marion Cotillard,) the special effects are exhilarating and the actual premise is so mind-bending that there were several points where I had to stop and collect my thoughts.

Think of this movie like a white collar espionage film combined with The Matrix trilogy. Unique individuals are trained to go into the minds of important people and extract information from them. The individuals are able to create and mold their own unique worlds in the minds of the dreaming, but things go awry when they are asked to not only pull out info from people's heads (extraction,) but plant ideas deep in their subconscious (inception.) How can a world be controlled that's being shared my multiple dreamers, and how can they be sure that their minds won't betray them?

Trust me, the actual concept of the movie is a little dense; there are many layers of understanding to wrap your brain around before you can fully play along. The good thing is that even the characters poke fun at the "huh, what?" nature of the film. There were many points where I was so engrossed in the action that I completely forgot if the characters were dreaming or not. A thrilling confusion.

The special effects are truly amazing and they are only enhanced by the constant, repetitive and ominous soundtrack. Check out the trailer of Inception here:

Loved Inception and definitely recommend it if you're looking for a good action film that will get you talking afterward.