In the days of remakes, never ending sequels, and movies that are less than a quality product, good films are becoming harder to find. Even in this atmosphere, there are a few people who make consistent, great movies. Two of these people are writer/director Christopher Nolan of “Memento” and “The Dark Knight” fame. His movies tend to be well shot and story driven and, generally, entertaining from start to finish. Another person is Leonardo DiCaprio who has become a favorite of Martin Scorsese and makes consistently good films including “The Departed” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”
This duo collaborated for the first time with “Inception”. A tale of the future where people can enter other’s dreams to access guarded information albeit illegally. DiCaprio plays Cobb, a man whose illegal activities have cost him his family and made him and exile from his home. His wife killed herself and set him up for the crime, and she is a constant fixture throughout the film as a very real dream manifestation of Cobb’s. Still, more than anything Cobb wants his family back, and he is willing to do anything to get them back. The opportunity arises, and he takes it.
What follows is nothing short of amazing. For a film that I expected to be great, ‘Inception’ surpassed all of my expectations. The visuals were incredible and imaginative. When a character bends and rips a city out of the ground and folds it over, the only words I can use to describe are wonderfully imaginative. When there is an entire sequence that takes place in zero gravity but not in space, I can honestly say that only a few sequences in movie history can top it.
The story itself is multi-layered and deep, and this is quite literal. At this point, I have to warn you the rest of this article may spoil the movie if you haven’t seen, but, as the characters dig deeper into the dreamworld, the story becomes satisfyingly complex. The standard Hollywood ending comes around and, for a moment, there is disappointment. This great complex movie can’t possibly end like this, but, then, you’re left with a question. There is enough to make you wonder. Is it all, as in the entire movie, just a dream? Has Cobb been stuck in a dream for years, and he refuses to believe it? It’s a Hollywood clique, but, somehow, Christopher Nolan has created a film with a new twist on it. After its over, you’re left thinking about the ending and have a desire to see it again. No other film has been as satisfying for me this year, and that’s why “Inception” is the best film of 2010.