Inception is the film I’ve been waiting for all summer. Christopher Nolan has been on my radar as a director to watch ever since the wonderfully absorbing, mind twister, Memento. Then he solidified my liking/astonishment with the Batman Begins, The Prestige and of course the monstrous hit The Dark Kight.
So what is Inception exactly? I think Roger Ebert says it well in his 4 star review:
“The story can either be told in a few sentences, or not told at all. Here is a movie immune to spoilers: If you knew how it ended, that would tell you nothing unless you knew how it got there. And telling you how it got there would produce bafflement. The movie is all about process, about fighting our way through enveloping sheets of reality and dream, reality within dreams, dreams without reality. It’s a breathtaking juggling act…”
We are talking about a world where it is possible to have shared dreams. Inception revolves around the title character Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is able to infiltrate dreams in order to steal secrets. Cob uses this talent to infiltrate the minds of corporate bigwigs; dream espionage if you will. I know sounded kind of dull as soon as I said “corporate” huh? Don’t worry. The corporate stuff is really just a clever setup for Nolan to have Cobb and his team (think Ocean’s 11, only there is just 5 and less jokes) to move around multiple dreamscapes and blow your mind both visually and intellectually. Yes, I just used the word intellectual to describe a big, expensive, summer film.
When it boils down to it Inception is really a heist film at heart so if you’re cool with Heat + The Matrix + Oceans 11 then you’ll have a great time. Ok I lied, it really is more than that. On the level it’s a mix of those 3 influences. Much deeper it’s about life, fantasy, love, hate, death and regret. Pretty heavy Huh? Let’s just say Inception isn’t a typical summer action flick. I really can’t say much more other than you really have to experience Inception and decide for yourself.
So now it’s spoiler free Q and A time:
Q: Does it have explosions and gunfire?
A: Yes, quite a bit.
Q: Does it have good special FX?
A: Yes, the most excellent kind, they’re there to serve the story and do so seamlessly.
Q: Is it exciting and intense?
A: Oh my goodness, yes.
Q: If I drag my wife/girlfriend with me will she enjoy it?
A: My wife and 13 yr. old geeklet girl both enjoyed it.
Q: Are you sure a summer action film that centers around dreams and corporate espionage is really that good?
A: If you’re looking for Transformers 2 you will be sorely disappointed. If you want to be challenged by a story, be thrown into a blender of dreams vs. reality and think you can handle the sheer weight of the spectacle then you will be leaving with a very satisfied grin on your face.
Bottom Line: Original and mind-bending, an action spectacle with a purpose, how deep you’re willing to go is up to you.
Rated PG-13: In theaters and Real Imax Now.