An idea. Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in “Inception” will tell you about the power and danger of an idea, but what about the idea of director Chris Nolan to write a screenplay so mind-twistingly, so daringly deep, that it’s a (welcome) struggle to even keep up. In a day when shallow predictable films come a dime-a-dozen, it’s almost a joy to be somewhat lost in the maze of “Inception.” Reflecting on Leo’s last film, “Shutter Island,” my one issue was that the entire length I was asking “What is going to happen?” “How will this end?” but with “Inception,” the question is more searching — “What IS happening?” “What am I watching?” The answer, without giving too much away, is enough to make “Inception” both a visually and mentally stimulating film. Nolan had gone to great lengths to keep the premise under wraps, and even through trailers the film remains a bit of a mystery. DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, an expert at extraction; which is the stealing of peoples ideas from their subconsciousness while they’re sleeping. Sound complex? Well that’s only the beginning. I would compare “Inception” to “The Matrix” with the main difference being that “The Matrix” deals with the breaking and entering one threshold while “Inception” goes much deeper. Also keep in mind that “The Matrix” came out 1999. Nolan undoubtedly establishes himself as the premier psychological film maker in today’s top directors. “Memento” “Batman Begins” “The Prestige” “The Dark Knight” “Inception” — A, A, A, A, A. The cast is also something of marvel. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the epitome of cool as Arthur. Ellen Page, while fairly simplistic, plays the brilliant new member of Cobb’s team. The only casting that was less than favorable was Ken Watanbe, whose dialect was difficult to understand for the majority of the film. A small mark though on an otherwise thought-provoking, mystifying, well-acted, well-directed film. I’m reminded of a phrase from “Get Him to the Greek” said by Puff Daddy’s character Sergio — mind f***. “Inception” is this. As well as a refreshingly challenging movie, one that will undoubtedly get better and clearer upon multiple viewings.
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