I recently had the chance to see the film ‘Inception’. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s a sci-fi thriller helmed by Christopher Nolan (Insomnia, The Dark Knight). If there’s one thing I’ve always admired about this director it would be his ‘story over visuals’ perspective, unlike James Cameron, who has most always relied on visuals and visuals only to carry his films. Having cool special effects is all well and good, but it doesn’t make or break a film. The general story and the way it’s executed are always more important. Nolan has always had the upper hand in that aspect. Having said that, I do think that Nolan’s previous works hold a higher than deserved reputation. I can think of far more films that rank higher than The Dark Knight. (Pulp Fiction for example, or Funny Games, or even Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) He hasn’t, to me at least, made a true masterpiece. So I went into the theater expecting just another Nolan film – great, but not mind-shattering. I was plenty surprised when I walked out. This is without a single solitary doubt Nolan’s finest achievement to date. And for the first time ever, I feel like he’s actually made a masterpiece; a flawless production, from the well-rounded script to the stellar acting.
To give you a basic summary of the plot, it follows a man named Cobb, who, through a new kind of technology, can enter people’s dreams and extract ideas from them. He’s hired by a corporate conglomerate, Saito, to extract ideas from Fischer, the heir of his business rival. I can’t really give anything else away without falling into spoiler territory, so I’ll just leave it at that.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that this is one of the most beautifully shot and artistically rich pieces of cinema of the past decade. It’s also, without a doubt, the most layered in terms of detail within the storyline. Speaking of the storyline, the dreams within the dreams aspect was utterly brilliant and one of the main reasons why I loved the film so much. Throughout, you’re never completely aware of where exactly you are. It gets increasingly impossible to distinguish between reality and fiction. As the very last scene ends, you wonder if all of what you had witnessed was a part of one big dream; a mind trick on the audience. What I’ve realized since seeing this production is that it relates directly to Cobb and what he did as a profession. An idea is implanted into the mind of every audience member (this idea being that half of what happens is real and half of what happens is an illusion) and this idea grows as the film progresses, until it becomes a definite fact to us. However, it’s ‘extracted’ once the ending comes along…
If you didn’t understand a thing I just said, well……this just gives you a taste of how convoluted the film is! It’s like a rubix cube; colorful, puzzling, sometimes frustrating, and saturated in detail. All in all, Inception is a fantastic accomplishment and should not be missed.
Submitted by Matthew Romano