Movie Review: Inception

Genre: Science fiction thriller drama
Running Time: 2 hours 28 minutes
Producer, Director and Writer: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine

Sometimes when you’re in a dream, you’d know that you’re dreaming. But sometimes, you don’t. So how sure are you that you’re not dreaming right now? And what if someone is actually in this dream of yours right now, controlling it? That is basically what this film explores but of course, the story is much more complicated. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb, a specialist who can steal or “extract” secrets from one’s mind through their dreams. He accepts a difficult job he can’t refuse, and instead of performing an extraction, he is required to create an inception, which serves the purpose of implanting an idea into one’s subconscious mind.

I’m a huge fan of Christopher Nolan’s works (especially Memento and The Dark Knight), and when I heard about Inception, I couldn’t wait to watch it and I knew it wouldn’t disappoint. This film is just brilliant to me, especially the plot and the special effects. But what surprised me the most was how direct this movie actually is compared to Nolan’s previous ones. The film is so interesting and well written that it leaves the viewers a lot to think and to discuss about after watching it.

Although there are a little similarities between DiCaprio’s character background of this film and The Shutter Island, I personally think that he did exceptionally well for this one. I was really impressed on how much he has improved and how he could act without exaggerating his expressions anymore. And for that, I guess he can now be considered a top class actor.

The music used for the film kinda have the same feel as The Dark Knight’s and I believe it’s because the scores for both of the films were done by Hans Zimmer. Perhaps Nolan should’ve hire someone to collaborate with Zimmer for a different sound.

Verdict: Yet another inspiring movie by Christopher Nolan. If you liked his other films, you definitely won’t be disappointed by this one. However, if you dislike films that require a lot of braincells, stay away from this. This is a kind of movie that makes you think and wonder even long after you’ve seen it. I certainly loved it. Might wanna watch it again some time soon.

Favourite scene: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) The fighting scene between Arthur and the mercenaries/Fischer’s subconscious defence in the hotel. The gravityless special effect is absolutely fantastic. (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

The ending: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) So, was the whole entire thing Cobb’s dream? Some of the viewers strongly believed so because Cobb’s children did not seem to have aged at all. However, the credits cast list shows that there are younger and the older versions of the Cobb’s children in the movie; and some viewers also said they heard the dropping sound of the spinning totem just as the screen turned black. But on the other hand, the stars of the movie suggested that it’s possibly a hint on a sequel. Whatever it is, I personally think that it’s an open ending. It depends on how you WISH to look at it. But nonetheless, this would be a never ending debate. (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Date for the show: Tan Jia Yeen

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