“I’m going to improvise. Listen, there’s something you should know about me… about inception. An idea is like a virus, resilient, highly contagious. The smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.”
‘Inception’, directed by Christopher Nolan in 2010, is an American science fiction movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a thief who uses military technology to enter dreams in order to steal information. When a ‘heist’ goes wrong, Cobb is offered the chance to clear his name in the States. He is given the task of entering a businessman’s mind and implanting a compulsive idea, an act otherwise known as ‘inception’. To this he gathers a team of dream architects, chemists and conmen all of whom create a multi-layered set of dreams (each nestled inside the other like matryoshka dolls), but Cobb is haunted by memories of his wife and his guilt over his role in her suicide. ‘Inception’ is a complex, glossy film that returns to Nolan’s obsessions with reality that he explored in earlier films such as ‘Memento’ and ‘The Prestige’. Here it is his opportunity to direct a full blown action movie complete with car chases, enclosed fight sequences, gravity-defying (literally at times) stunts, and a Bond-esque raid on an alpine enemy base. Interweaving these action sequences is the knotty and ever expanding concepts of the dream sharing techniques, turning dreams into alien worlds with their own logic. The direction is clean and clinical, the performances reserved but with appropriate moments of melodrama particularly from DiCaprio and his late wife played by Marion Cotillard. It doesn’t have the power of his middle Batman movie ‘The Dark Knight’, but the combination of practical and special effects, the updating of the world bending of ‘The Matrix’, makes this an important film.
Would I recommend it? It’s one of those films you’ve probably already seen, but for spectacle and action alone this film is worth watching. Try in a double bill with ‘Open Your Eyes’.