Christopher Nolan, with his producer wife Emma Thomas, created a mind-boggling movie in 2010 that still baffles its viewers every time they watch it. This movie is Leonardo DiCaprio starrer Inception, which floored in theatres on July 16, 2010. Inception is one of the best movies from 2010, whose audiences appreciated almost every aspect of it. The review of Inception’s critics was enthusiastic.
Moving a step ahead of the movies based on Lucid dreams like Tom Cruise’s The Vanilla Sky (2001), Inception revolves around the story of stealing crucial pieces of information from such dreams. Nolan’s original idea was still confusing for many, who think the movie was difficult to understand. But dreams are the most complex attribute of the human brain. Hence, anything related to it will be complex too. Still, our mind craves challenges, and that’s what made Inception the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2010. In this article, we will review Inception and have insights from this film.
Warner Bros-distributed Inception was considered one of the best movies of 2010. It won four Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects. Inception revolves around the idea of people sharing a dream space and its use and misuse. This confused state between the real world and dreams creates a thrilling environment with an element of horror.
The Star Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio is in the lead role as Dom Cobb, who infiltrates his victim’s dreams by stealing secrets. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as Arthur) is his assistant, along with dreamscapes architect Elliot Page (as Ariadne) and an associate Tom Hardy (as Eames).
Ken Watanabe (as Japanese businessman Mr. Saito), Marion Cotillard (Cobb’s deceased wife Mal), Dileep Rao (as pharmacologist Yusuf), Cillian Murphy (as a rich target Robert Michael Fischer), Tom Berenger (as Fischer’s godfather Peter Browning), and Michael Caine (Cobb’s father in law Professor Stephen Miles) constitute the other members of the ensemble cast.
The extractors Cobb and Arthur perform corporate espionage to gain information from their targets’ subconscious. Impressed by this ability, their newest target, Saito, offers to hire them against his business rival Maurice Fischer.
He wants them to perform inception on his son, Robert, and dissolve their company. Cobb accepts this offer in return for a promise of clearing Cobb’s criminal status so that he reunites with his children.
After Maurice dies, Cobb and his team sedate his son Robert into a three-layer shared dream on a plane to America. His team comprises a forger named Eames, chemist Yusuf, and Ariadne, a college student. And this is how begins the dilemma of differentiating between the dream and realities.
The characters enter different dream layers, each being slower than the preceding one. On each step, one member from the team stays behind on each level to perform a music-synchronized “kick” and awake dreamers.
In this process ,Cobb meets his dead wife, Mal, who dies again attempting to wake up. The movie ends at the third level, where Robert finds the planted idea of Maurice telling him to create something for himself. The dreamers wake up and the chaos resolves. Cobb, along with his father-in-law, joins his children.
The Inception Review
Inception is both loved and criticized for its complexity. It is worth appreciating for its apt portrayal of this complexity on-screen. Especially its experienced actors like Leo, Murphy, etc., have done justice to their roles.
The twists and turns, including Cobb’s frequent encounters with his deceased wife during inception, are mind-bending. Its closing scene shows an indefinitely spinning top, a totem from Mal that decides whether the current situation is reality or a dream, leaving viewers in ambiguity.
The intelligent use of the concept of Limbo and kick and superior computer-generated imagery and special effects allow viewers to immerse themselves in the scenes. Hans Zimmer’s dense scores were in synchronization with the movie scenes. It added the cherry on top of the cake. The 2011’s Academy Award-nominated Zimmer’s music in the Best Original Score category.
According to this review, Inception is a visual, intellectual, and emotional masterpiece that can be enjoyed on Netflix.
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