Written on: 19/07/2010 by Frosteee (69 reviews written)
Inception - the best mind-heist movie?!
If you enjoy films that make you think, that reward your attention with an intelligent storyline and that play with a slightly abstract concept then you'll love Inception.
I'd heard a lot of positive hype about Inception recently but avoided reading any of the critic's reviews because I'd heard it's better to see it without knowing too much about the plotline. I'll try not to spoil it for you in this review!
Director and writer Christopher Nolan has made some of my favourite movies of recent years including Batman Begins, the Dark Knight, and Memento. Inception combines elements of these movies - action, plot twists, flipping back and forth within a timeline, psychology and loss - along with themes from the Matrix and from heist movies.
It is an intelligent thriller that explores the concept of being able to break into someone's mind to steal information or plant an idea - like a psychological heist. This concept is played out against the backdrop of the lead character's tragic personal life and it's impact on his ability to complete the task in hand.
The story is complicated and you have to work hard to follow the main characters as the enter their target's minds, working through multiple 'fake realities' in order to pull off the ultimate 'con'.
There are some great performances by DiCaprio, Tom Hardy (who I'm normally not keen on) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Ellen Page who normally steals the screen (as in Hard Candy and Juno) was ok, but her talents were wasted in a role that was a little under-developed. Cillian Murphy was a little wasted too.
I can't go into the details of the plot without giving too much away but I really enjoyed Inception and would recommend it to anyone who likes intelligent movies, fast paced movies that make you work hard but that reward you for your commitment. I may have to watch it a second time just to make sure I didn't miss anything!