Golden Globes Best Picture Nominee – Inception
by Nicholas Robinson
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. – IMDB.com
I should have reviewed this back when it was released in July, but due to unfortunate circumstances, I was so busy that I didn’t have time. So now, it has been nominated for Best Drama at the Globes and I just bought it on Blu-ray so it is finally time. This movie is perfect. I watch it time and time again and find absolutely nothing wrong with it. The story was brilliant, the acting is amazing, the score is superb and the direction is fantastic.
This story was crafted so well, there is still debate about the true ending of the movie. “Was it real? Was it a dream? Was the entire movie a dream?” I think it has been the biggest online debate in the history of the internet. This story, I believe, is a metaphor for Hollywood and film-making. The architect (writer/director) builds the world of the dream (movie) and the subject (audience) is brought into the dream and in order for the plan (movie) to be successful, the subject has to believe that the dream is real. The architect’s plan is realized by the extractors (actors) who deceive the subject in all sorts of ways to make them believe. The way this is done is just brilliant.
Every single actor in this movie gave a brilliant performance. The strongest of which comes from French actress Marion Cotillard, who does brilliantly as Mal Cobb, the dead wife who just wants her husband to wake up and be with her in reality. She displays the character’s madness so well I felt as if she actually was mad. Tom Hardy was also really good as Eames, the forger who has trouble with his spelling. In fact, Eames is my favourite character in the entire movie. His comedic relief and action-capability both were combined into a fun character who I just can’t stop liking. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was also amazing as Arthur, the disciplined and serious an of the group. He just does it with such skill that I will sometimes fast-forward through the entire movie just to watch what happens at the 2nd dream level. I could go on and on about every actor in the movie, but that would just take up so many words and too much of your time so we’re moving on.
Hans Zimmer has done it again. He has made such a memorable score with this movie that does not cease to amaze me every time I watch Inception. In fact, it is so memorable, if I am around people and we’re talking about good movies and someone just goes “BWAAAAAAAAAAA”, everyone knows that they’re talking about Inception. It is so amazing that when I work or try to sleep, I will just pop in the score and listen.
Christopher Nolan blows me away time and time again with his direction. The way he works the camera to show exactly what he wants the audience to see, nothing more, nothing less, amazes me every time. Not a single shot in this movie is unnecessary. Not even the constant cut back to the falling van was unnecessary. It had to be shown as a ticking clock for the rest of the activities so that we don’t feel cheated when everything else is done he just cuts back to the van falling into the water. I hope his talent never goes away and he brings me joy with more movies for a long time.
Overall, this is an amazing movie which has absolutely nothing wrong with it, and everything right.
IMDB says 9/10
RT says 86%
I say 10/10