“i found myself falling, although i do not remember why i was there or what made me fall. after a few seconds, or was it hours? i was on my feet, standing on top of a snow-capped mountain, in the middle of a mountain range. i should have been overwhelmed by the sight that lay before me, but i wasn’t, and then i opened my eyes and i awoke.”
chris nolan’s latest offering is probably one of the most intelligent films i have ever seen. although highly intellectual, this movie does not alienate the regular, casual movie goer.
before i saw this film, i have read countless reviews online about how awesome this movie is and how christopher nolan has set the bar again for hollywood movies. he just proved yet again that a movie does not have to be dumb and full of explosions to be commercially successful.
the actors he cast were perfect and they played their roles like they were born for it. leonardo di caprio can still be counted on to deliver and he has indeed grown up from being jack. 🙂
the movie’s plot, when you think about it is very simple: planting an idea into someone’s mind through a dream so that the dreamer would ultimately think that the idea was actually his. and chris nolan has weaved an intricate story about how powerful dreams are. what we dismiss as mere creations of our subconscious are actually the building blocks of our reality.
the movie opens with a scene from someone else’s dream and the viewer is made to believe that the movie would end how it began. a lot of writers use this device to make the story interesting and mr. nolan used this in such a way that although the movie is complete when the credits roll, the ending would still be left to our interpretation.
i see a lot of discussions long after the movie has ended. and i think that is how good movies should be: and escape and at the same time can fuel intellectual discussions.
when i said the casual movie goer would not be alienated, i meant that even though this is a ‘thinking’ movie, the viewer would not be hard pressed to figure out what this movie is all about. half-way through the movie, one would have a pretty good grasp of what the writer would wish to convey. and since this is also a hollywood film, the producers did not scrimp on the special effects. the dreamscapes were amazing and the action sequences could rival any jerry bruckheimer production.
the movie has something for everyone. and unless you’re the type who would rather shut down your brain when watching a movie, ‘inception’ would not really give you a hard time thinking. but it would certainly open ideas.
go see it, twice even. 🙂