Inception – Movie Review

Christopher Nolan delivers an amazing epic journey in his latest film, Inception. The Dark Knight director, who also has directed stellar works that include Memento and The Prestige, brings a level of imagination and ingenuity to the screen that makes Avatar pale in comparison. Not only is the story original, but it’s also intricate and complicated; three things that make it worth watching.

If you’re looking for a movie where thought isn’t required, I recommend The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Inception is a thinking person’s movie, which explains why a handful of hack critics didn’t like it: they actually had to be engaged with the story in order to fully appreciate what Nolan has done here.

What Nolan delivers is a fantasy world of dreamscapes and fantasy that delve into the very conscious, unconscious, and subconscious of the characters. Few films explore the motivations, desires, needs, and wants of the characters in such a thorough manner. Inception allows us to look inside a characters’ mind and see truth alongside the “truth” presented in the real world.

Inception assembles an amazing cast that includes that guy from Titanic (Leonardo DiCaprio), the kid from TV’s 3rd Rock from the Sun (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the girl who was knocked-up by Michael Cera in Juno (Ellen Page), Batman’s butler and he nemesis in Batman Begins (Michael Caine and Cillian Murphy), and the hot French gal from Public Enemies (Marion Cotillard). It’s an excellent ensemble that Nolan has cast here.

The visual effects are top-notch and nothing short of mesmerizing and fantastic in their size and scope. The multi-layered and multi-leveled story allow Inception to take us on many journeys at once, all with the same goal in mind despite the variances in location, time, and space.

Hans Zimmer’s intense musical score is superb as well, taking us on a musical journey through the complex space that the world of the film inhabits. It’s definitely music the resonates within the mind and body over the course of the film.

Inception is an artistic film that is both thought-provoking and jaw-dropping in its overall presentation. There’s plenty to discuss, debate, and explore long after the film ends. The very nature of the story and the dimensions it inhabits make Inception a film one needs to see again. And you’ll more than likely be talking about it long after the credits end.

Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors and storytellers of the 21st century. His cinematic eye and his ability to connect with mass audiences make him an artistic and commercial director. He definitely makes some of the best films to come out of Hollywood this past decade.

I highly recommend Inception. If you can, see it at an IMAX theater. No, it’s not in 3D, but it doesn’t need a gimmick to keep you from noticing how lame the story is (Avatar), or how boring it is (Alice in Wonderland). There’s enough to see and process without the extra spectacle and cost of glasses. Check it out!

Inception is in theaters NOW.

Here be the trailer: