One of possibly many more Inception reviews and articles. This one is from guest contributor Richard WIlliams
Your dreams will never be the same again. At least not now that director Christopher Nolan has unleashed his new film Inception into the collective unconscious. Following on from the 2008 award winning film The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan immerses his audience into worlds that are as spellbinding as they are unbelievable. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a man who is quite possibly the ultimate sci-fi thief. Cobb has the capacity to navigate people’s minds as they dream and steal anything he wants. Yet with this comes colossal consequences, and we soon discover that it is not simply the art of stealing which drives his seemingly never ending quests into the subconscious.
Exiled from the USA, Cobb is presented with an opportunity to make amends using the very talents that initially placed him in trouble. Stealing thoughts is one thing, planting an idea is an entirely different matter. Yet whilst everyone declares its impossibility, Cobb is a lone voice; Inception is possible. It is here that Inception picks up the pace to a level where time and space is often twisted beyond all recognition.
Underscoring all of Nolan’s characteristic plot twists and visual distortions, there is a cast that between them have racked up 14 Oscar Nominations. Not only are we presented with a brilliant sequence of events, it is all executed magnificently by sterling acting performances, not least from DiCaprio, as well as Joseph Gordon-Lewitt, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy.
Having demonstrated what was capable with the IMAX format with the release of The Dark Knight, it seems a shame that despite being screened at the IMAX, Inception contains no scenes filmed in that format. It would seem a harsh criticism of the film, and yet having set the benchmark so high with his previous work, Nolan misses an opportunity to push those boundaries even further. For a film that blurs the lines between reality and the imagination so much, it seems odd that certain visual aspects do not convey the awe that perhaps they should. But rest assured, with Inception you have a film that you will want to see over and over again. Just make sure you know what’s real.
Richard WilliamsDirector: Christopher Nolan Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy Certificate: NR Release Date: July 16,2010