Most of us are familiar with Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which are all great films (er, depending on where you stand with The Dark Knight Rises, but that’s for another day) but I also imagine many of you have at least heard of Inception, the only film of his to be nominated for Best Picture. And after watching, it’s not exactly hard to see why.
I’ve tried to describe the story for this review for several minutes now, but it’s not exactly an easy one to describe. It’s easy to make sense of whilst watching, but trying to write down the premise in a way that makes sense to someone who hasn’t seen the movie is like trying to read a Stephen King novel to some pre-schoolers, so the basic drift is that Inception is a machine that allows the user to enter the dream world, built by their own subconscious. A group attempts to plant an idea in someone’s head to create a world people can actually live in (or something along those lines, I kind of forgot their motive). However, the leader of the group (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) has some personal turmoil about his dead wife who keeps appearing in these dreams.
Well, I hope that premise was all right. It wasn’t easy to explain, but whilst you’re watching, it’s really compelling. It’s a long film at 148 Minutes, but it never lost my attention throughout that run time. Dreams are talked about a lot throughout the length of the film, and I even learnt some things about them that seem obvious but you never really think about (for example, you never remember the start of the dream, you’re sort of dropped into them in the middle) and the Inception machine is a very clever idea, though I do question if having dreams within dreams would actually be possible, but it’s easy to just roll with it.
One of the things I like about Christopher Nolan’s style of directing is that he’ll try to do as much of the effects practically as he can, and he’ll only do CG where necessary, allowing the viewer to be more involved in the story, and the CG itself is actually pretty good. The acting is in fine form from all the cast, and they sell this idea of entering another’s mind through their dreams really well.
There’s not a whole lot I can say if you haven’t seen it, as it really is about the experience of watching it the first time, so put simply, Inception is a great film. I know some found it confusing, but as long as you get the basic premise, it’s an incredibly engaging thriller, and one of Nolan’s best. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve just got to spin my totem pole…