In world gone mad with police and doctor dramas, it was pleasure to see a movie headed by a bad guy. Leonardo DiCaprio is brilliant in this movie about using dreams as a weapon to manipulate powerful people. As the movie starts, Leonardo’s character Dom Cobb is an industrial espionage expert that uses dreams to steal critical information. The plot progresses uncharacteristically as Dom and his group are easily captured during a plot to steal information. In an unusual twist, they decide to plant an idea instead of stealing secrets. This action gives the film its title: “Inception.” As the plot progresses, DiCaprio recruits Ellen page as his architect to build the framework of the dream, while he and Joseph Gordon-Levitt pursue the subject of their attempt.
The movie twists and turns as things go disastrously wrong. The new benefactor of the team suffers a near fatal wound on the mental expedition. The target of the inception proves to be particularly resistant to their techniques. Adding to their problems are the target’s militarized mind, and DiCaprio’s mental confusion stemming from his wife’s death. Slowly the movie degenerates into a cornucopia of madness. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some of the images scream “The Matrix” while other images are almost ethereal. Christopher Nolan is an extremely gifted director and this movie is designed to keep you guessing. At the end, you are very glad that the rules of dream crime aren’t hard and fast. The ending is rewarding and the characters feel like they are worth your time. So many movies leave you with an empty and tired feeling, but this is not one of them. The concept is fresh, the actors are into their parts and the end result is beautiful to watch.
At a running time of two hours and twenty-eight minutes, the film is just long enough without being too much. Two hours is typically the limit that most Americans can sit quietly without becoming restless.
The cinematography is simply excellent. The scenes are crisp, and the backgrounds, wardrobe and makeup are almost flawless. The scenes from purgatory were especially impressive. The collapsing buildings seemed to leap off the screen. My only complaint about this movie is that there really wasn’t room for a sequel. With so many bad films out there, movies with unique concepts should make a second part. Hey, isn’t that why we loved “The Matrix” so much? I think this concept is worth a part two. Perhaps Christopher Nolan might get my hint on this one.