Complicated as the architecture of this movie is the story itself is relatively simple. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are corporate spies specializing in “extraction” the art of entering a subject’s subconscious while in a dream state, to extract their deepest secrets. Cobb is the absolute best at what he does making him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Saito (Ken Watanabe) approaches the pair with a job unlike any other, it’s not extraction but Inception, The implantation of an idea so deep in the subjects subconscious that they believe that it is their own. Desperate to return to his two young children Cobb accepts Saito’s job and offer safe passage back to the United States as payment. Cobb and Arthur put together a crack team, Eames (Tom Hardy), Yusuf (Dileep Rao) and Ariadne (Ellen Page) who travel into the deepest recesses of the mind of their mark, Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) and implant the idea that will make Saito incredibly rich.
The cast attached to this movie is nothing short of astounding and the chemistry between them is fantastic. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy are perfect together both at odds in looks and mannerisms. On further reading I found their relationship is a metaphor of left brain/right brain interaction. Marion Cotillard’s elegant and powerfull beauty demands you pay attention. Her screen presence is felt with an overwhelming ferocity. The sex appeal of this woman is off the chart, an inviting gaze that whispers “love me” and a body that screams “take me to bed” she is an alluring goddess that no man could resist. Ellen page who is also undoubtedly beautiful was perfectly cast in the role as the immensely talented architect whose inquisitive and hopeful personality lends well to the darker more tormented nature of Leonardo’s character Cobb. Everything in this movie is emotionally charged! The score for Inception by Hans Zimmer is astounding, I bought it and listen to it quite a lot. It has a haunting way of interweaving with the plot but on its own still beautifully melodic. Its intensity wither on a grand thumping horns or on a simple piano key is mesmerizing and brings in the ambient world that this movie creates. I would urge to but the soundtrack for its on intrinsic beauty and listen to it.
Why did I choose this movie, it is undoubtedly one of the best mind-blowing movies I have ever watched, and it gets better upon every revisit. Writer Director Christopher Nolan is a mastermind film architect, and Inception is a feat of complicated construction. It works on so many different levels, all at once managing to be a smart action thriller, a poignant and grief filled drama and an examination into the recesses of our minds that are completely unknown. Christopher Nolan is a visionary filmmaker I would put him up there with my all-time favourite Directors like Peter Jackson, Tim Burton and John Hughes among others. I would love for him to get his hands on Doctor Who could you imagine what he would do with that about of scope! It is rare that a movie will get away with ambiguity but Inception in parts is left up to the interpretation of the watcher, you will get what I mean when you watch it. Most of the cast have worked with Nolan before most notably in The Dark Knight Rises with Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard and Michael Caine and all are epically fantastic. It won an Oscar and a BAFTA for visual effects which is not surprising at all when you watch the beautifully sculpted cinematography in all its glory. This is am ridiculously intense, sophisticated thought proving and visual astounding masterpiece.