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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

INCEPTION

By D.E.Levine

Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard, Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Caine, Lukas Haas, Tai-Li Lee et al.
Producer: Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas
Executive Producer: Chris Bingham and Thomas Tull
Co-producer: Jordan Goldberg
Associate Producer (Canada): Thomas Hayslip
Line Producer (Morocco): Zakaria Alaoui
Original Music: Hans Zimmer
Running Time: 148 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

As I watched this amazing film I was thinking, "Is this the next Blade Runner?" because just like that now-recognized classic, Inception is intricate and confusing enough to require several viewings.

Basically, the film takes place in a society that is technologically advanced enough so that the mind can be entered and controlled through dreams. It's also through dream building that secrets can be stolen.

In this case a team of dream builders are trying to steal the secrets of Saito, a businessman. At the same time, Saito hires the group to enter the dreams of a business rival named Fischer.

The main protagonists here build layers of extremely complex dreams in order to get Fischer to make certain business decisions that will benefit Saito. In return, as well as monetary payment. Saito has agreed to arrange things so Dom Cobb can return home to the United State to be with his children. Cobb has been unable to return home for some mysterious reason.

The dreams created by this group and planted in Fischer's mind are action driven and full of threats and danger. Several dreams occur simultaneously in different parts of the world and in different climates with different weather conditions. Basically, the dreams are a demonstration of director/writer Christopher Nolan's amazing ability as a multi-layered story teller.

The "team" consists of men charged with different responsibilities led by Dom Cobb, one woman who serves as the 'architect" of all the dreams, and a woman who is the memory of the leader's dead wife Mal and keeps invading his dreams and adding to the danger.

I have to admit that at the end of my first viewing I was confused and unsettled by my inability to grasp many points. I was definitely frustrated and speaking with other members of the viewing audience I found they were too.

However, after additional viewings the brilliance of what Nolan has accomplished becomes evident. The dream worlds all have spectacular locales and special effects. There is danger, magic and a feeling that the real world has been left behind.

Despite the spectacular effects and the somewhat disorienting effect on the audience, the film falls short in the emotional department. While Cobb's obsession with his dead wife should be filled with emotion, the chemistry between them just isn't there, making it somewhat difficult to believe his obsession.

It's evident that the film is so complex and intriguing that it will have significant drawing power, since one viewing is simply not enough and many questions remain unanswered while new ones are raised.

It's safe to say there's never been a film quite like this one.