The next film I’m about to review received good reviews as well as good numbers at the box office. That’s unusual. Usually Hollywood prefers only one or the other; not both.
My husband and I are in disagreement about this movie. He loved it. I merely liked it. However, you have to keep in mind that I prefer movies that entertain; not tax my brain. I have work for that.
The movie is “Inception.” It has an all star cast that includes Leonardo Di Caprio, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Ellen Page just to name a few.
The story centers on Di Caprio’s character, Cobb. He is a man that enters into other people’s dreams in order to steal their secrets; usually for another corporation or competitor. The technique is known as “extraction.”
As the movie begins, Cobb and his team are attempting to steal the expansion secrets of Saito (played by Ken Watanabe). Unfortunately, the mark is onto the caper and blows it sky high, leaving Cobb’s team at the mercy of the corporation waiting for the information they failed to retrieve.
However, Saito makes a counter proposal, promising to help Cobb if he will do a job for him instead. Only he doesn’t want the team to do an extraction. He wants an inception. In other words, he wants Cobb to plant an idea into the mind of his competitor that would cause the man to break apart his family empire.
At first Cobb declines the offer and says he’ll take his chances. But when Saito sweetens the pot, he finally agrees. The promise is to make it so that Cobb can return home to his two children.The audience is aware of the fact that Cobb’s inability to return to America has something to do with his wife, Mal (played by Marion Cotillard). However, they aren’t let totally in on the secret until much later in the film.
There is no denying that “Inception” is a brilliant film. The screenplay penned by Christopher Nolan is nothing short of creative genius. It has more twists and turns than a dozen roller coasters. However, it can at times be difficult to follow, thereby leaving the audience feeling a little stupid and perturbed.
The cast is amazing. Even the cameo role played by Lukas Haas is memorable. The characters are complex and vivid. Ellen Page’s Ariadne is the heart of the team. Gordon Levitt’s Arthur is the poet that makes certain everything comes together, as it should and when it should. Even Cillian Murphy, who I’ve not quite cared for as an actor, manages to leave a lasting impression.
At the heart of the story; however, it is all about Cobb and his family. Everything centers on them and the one event he can’t bring himself to face.
Of course this film would be nothing without the special effects and those are undeniably mind blowing. That’s a problem for me, though, because I’m not really into films that rely too heavily on computer generated effects. I’m somewhat of a killjoy in that respect.
I liked this film. It thought it was unique, timely and creative. It isn’t; however, one of my favorite films. It’s just not my style. That’s why there are all kinds of movie critics. To each his own.
I give “Inception” 3 and one-half stars out of 5 grudgingly. My husband, on the other hand, would definitely give it 4 and one-half stars if he were still doing his movie review column. I guess you’ll have to judge it for yourself.
RATING SCALE USED:
0 = A stinker. Don’t waste the money!
1 = Bad. Rent it at your own risk.
2 = Below average. See only if you have time to kill.
2.5 = Average. A toss up.
3 = Good. Worth a looksee.
3.5 = Very Good. I recommend it.
4 = Excellent. Don’t miss it!
4.5 = Outstanding. What are you waiting for?
5 = Destined to become a classic. You will be sorry if you don’t see it.