A series of film reviews and opinion pieces from a film student and all round movie lover! Happy reading!
2010 was the year that brought us “Kick-Ass”, “Shutter Island”, “Black Swan”, “Despicable Me”, “The King’s Speech”, “Toy Story 3”, “How To Train Your Dragon”, “The Social Network” and the penultimate “Harry Potter” chapter, but none compare to the grandiose, modern sci-fi classic from Christopher Nolan that is “Inception” – not only the best film of 2010, but one of the most original films of the past 10 years. Nolan is a powerhouse director, but even that is understating it. His films are bold, big, gripping, interesting, entertaining but above all, they’re indisputably original; “Inception” is no different.
Films focusing on the subconscious mind are nothing we haven’t seen before. The amount of surrealist films that tackle the endless possibilities of the dreamscape are just the beginning when it comes to delving into cinema’s subconscious category.
What Christopher Nolan has produced with “Inception” is something like no other.
With the perfect ensemble cast to carry the perplexing narrative along, a faultless script with an equally as powerful score to accompany it and the jaw-dropping visual effects that are simply incomprehensible, “Inception” may very well be one of the best films to be released under the science fiction cinematic genre.
Deciphering the narrative in full requires at least a few viewings, but even though “Inception” has a complicated storyline, it doesn’t mean it is not immensely entertaining. The story focuses on a group of dream experts, qualified to extract information from the minds of unconscious individuals.
Within the subconscious mind, the group of expert extractors, lead by Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Cobb’, travel between different ‘levels’ of the mind. Landscapes, inhabitants and overall worlds are created entirely out of nothing purely from various members’ imaginations, which may sound incredible at first, however it can lead to some dire consequences and ramifications.
A particular assignment sees Cobb and his associates attempt the impossible when they travel deeper than ever before and attempt what is called ‘inception’… I’ll leave it there.
If that is not one of the most fascinating, enticing and mouth-watering synopses for a film then I have no idea what is. There is action, drama, suspense, violence, science, surrealism and all round brilliance on show within “Inception” from literally the opening frame.
Science fiction may not be your cup of tea (it certainly isn’t my first preference), but “Inception” is a game changer. If there were to be one film that completely opened your eyes to another world of modern cinematic potential, this would be the film.
What is often discussed most about “Inception” is it’s score. The powerful, thumping horns that evoke threat, ominousness and terror within an audience has sparked endless replicas within film scores that followed. Hans Zimmer’s score is something else; adding endless emotion and grandness to the already gargantuan picture.
Performances are faultless all round. DiCaprio is at his best, once again showing the world his Oscar-worthy talents, whilst Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard and Cillian Murphy are all magnificent.
It’s clear why Levitt, Murphy, Hardy and Cotillard, as well as Michael Caine have all appeared in Nolan’s recent “Dark Knight” trilogy.
Dreams are something that has always struck a chord as far as a film is concerned. The endlessness of it all mixed with the exploration into the unknown has always had an appealing sense about it.
A film like “Inception” is something that has not only redefined what it is to dream, it has collectively exhibited the greatest features of James Bond, Sigmund Freud and “The Matrix” within 148 minutes.
It is difficult to grasp a thought regarding Christopher Nolan’s inspiration for such an amazingly different picture; all I know is, I hope it continues on well into the future!