Saturday, July 17, 2010


Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, and Michael Caine

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Release Date: July 16, 2010

From the Director of "The Dark Knight" and "Memento", comes a journey into the human mind and the concept of reality. In the future, there exists a technology where one can enter into someone's subconscious, stealing their most private memories in a process called "extraction". During one extraction, wealthy businessman Saito (Watanabe) hires the world's best extraction expert, Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) to enter into the mind of Robert Fisher: the son of a competing rival. Saito wants Cobb to not only enter Fisher's subconscious, but to create an "inception" an infulenced idea that will take development in Fisher's subconscious.

This film is an epic masterpiece with amazing set pieces and concepts that are stunning to speculate on: where did the "extraction" technology come from? How did Cobb and his team become experts? For those who are concerned that the runtime is 2 hours and 28 minutes, this is a thrilling psychological drama with compelling action that moves at a fast pace without feeling rushed. The performances are stunning, with DiCaprio playing leader Cobb, a man who is constantly trying to determine whether he is perceiving reality or the dream. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a great straight man, keeping the group on track and focusing on the details despite a "lack of imagination". The only actor that could have done better is Ellen Page; it's not that Page is a bad actress, just that her performance is underwhelming compared to performances from DiCaprio, Cillian Murphy and Levitt. Inception is a mind-bending psychological/philosophical science fiction movie that questions the perception of reality and dreams.

Rating: * * * * 1/2 of 5

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