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Inception

Posted: December 11, 2010 by curlyshirley in Film
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In a nutshell: A breathtakingly stylish movie with a twisting plotline; perfect for a night in with a pizza and beer.

Popcorn rating: 4/5

Director Chris Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) seems to have reinvigorated cinema of late with movies for audiences who want more than the usual bland CGI action fodder. A new concept, Inception was a gamble, an expensive gamble for studios who like to play it safe, and having opened with a healthy $60.4 million (US and Canada) Box Office earnings in its first weekend, the gamble has certainly paid off.

Of course box office success and a good film are not always one and the same thing. Think The Expendables. Think Titanic (sorry, but it really was dross). See what I mean?

Fortunately, Inception does have the kudos to pull off the rep. It is confusing, irritatingly so (especially if, like me, you engage obsessively in forums regarding what exactly the ending meant – is he still in the dream? But the kids haven’t changed – or have they (Nolan says they have)? And does the totem really fall after the end credits?) but it overall it is a good movie. That may sound like condemnation by faint praise. It isn’t. In a year of some truly dire offerings,  Inception is a shining example to Hollywood that movies can be intelligent and still get bums on seats.

Leo di Caprio as Cobb, the dream agent whose life we get entangled within, pretty much plays the character he played in everything he has been in over the past three to five years. No matter, his brooding, furrowed brow works fine here, it’s not an Oscar contender kinda role after all. The story, the set pieces, the delightful lack of CGI does all the work.

That’s not to say the cast aren’t outstanding. Juno prodigy Ellen Page is excellent, if annoyingly smug, as student Ariadne and the remainder of Nolan’s chosen ones are all engaging without ever taking the shine off the star (which is, of course, the magic of dreams – a city folding in upon itself anyone? A Paris cafe exploding around a patient couple? The crumbling city of the future etc etc). The magic of Inception is that the sheer beauty of the scenes unfolding before your eyes with a frenetic energy is entwined within a sharp, twisting plot that will keep you guessing long after it finishes.

There are flaws, of course. Di Caprio supping soup in the opening scene is overplayed and Michael Caine merely phoning it in as Di Caprio’s weary mentor are all slightly jarring but are not enough to damage the whole.

Overall, Nolan seems to be unbeatable at the moment and, with the rumour mill currently in overdrive for Batman 3, he will hopefully continue to deliver and inspire for many years to come.

Reviewer: Curlyshirley

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