Inception. Yeah, it was pretty great.

Posted by Jon Wiener on July 18, 2010


Since the late 1800′s, the world has been fascinated by movies, films, moving pictures.  Each time a film is made, the rest of the world is challenged to make one even better.  We live in a world where we seem to be running out of original ideas, so we just see more spectacular versions of older films.  And sometimes, the ideas exist for a perfectly original story, but money and technology do not allow for a proper telling.  Such was the case for Inception.

Writer/Director Christopher Nolan originally came up with the general concept around 2002, but was unable to finish the script.  Rumor also tells that such a film would would have been too expensive and, not until Nolan was able to raise the funds by making blockbuster successes Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, was he able to properly make a film of such magnitude.

Inception tells the story of Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of mind-jumpers who are hired by large companies to explore the dreams of their competitors to subconsciously extract secrets. One client makes an offer that Cobb cannot refuse: to plant an idea into the mind (that’s what inception is) of the heir to a very large corporation (Cillian Murphy).

Taking into account the stunning visual effects and Nolan’s ability to keep his audience on their toes (even until the very last second), Inception is truly a marvel.  The film does a great job explaining everything that seems complicated.  On that note, I highly recommend the film.

There were a few things that seemed quite off.  In an effort to not give anything away, I will tread lightly.  Let’s just say that the end of the film is highly reminiscent of the beginning of the 6th season of Lost.  I’ll let the Lost fans mull that one over.  Also, there were a few aspects of typical dreams that seemed to be missing.  Nolan did a fantastic job replicating the architecture of dreams, but neglected to cover the oddities that normally occur in a regular dream-scape; flying, teeth falling out, breathing under water, etc.  The interpersonal relationships in dreams was much better covered in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. These reasons, however, are no reason to not see Inception.  It truly deserves its success.

Why are you still reading this?  Go see the movie.  Immediately.

Previous post:

Next post: