Christopher Nolan's architectural conception known as Inception is an elaborate, intricate and perplexing labyrinth that divides viewers on being either the most thought provoking film of all time, or the most bewildering film of our lifetime. It may not have the smoke and mirrors of 'Prestige' but it will do one better as this maze has many twists and turns in which the viewer can choose their own path by making their own opinion - this makes it pure creation and as well as this it gets us engrossed in Nolan's astonishing yet eccentric imagination. Though I know what you're thinking, and no it's not one of those it was all a dream sort of thing, or maybe it is?
In a world where information can now be extracted from a person's mind unconsciously, by those who have been trained, like Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), such a thief has the power to design new worlds and create things that can never exist in reality. To complete his most challenging task yet, he must work with dependable best friend Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and form an efficient team that can somehow achieve the impossible: Inception. Fighting a private army with trustworthy team-mates where the odds are stacked against you, in a dream, sounds cool to me; except, rather than waking up, death really means death. Real enough for you yet or should I carry on?
This mind-boggling masterpiece would be considered confusing and too complex to even comprehend to most. Therefore, I completely agree that what would be a dream within a dream, within a dream, the tossing and turning of flashbacks or the fact that a person's subconscious can be trained to use weapons and tear any intruders to shreds as a defence mechanism, could be confusing. It's like saying stop stealing my ideas! But with more force.
"True inspiration is impossible to fake"
However, this doesn't mean that the film was awful because it couldn't be comprehended. If youâ(TM)re like me, then you judge a film by other aspects of it besides the plot, such as the stunning visual effects presented to us by (cinematographer) Wally Pfister. Things like zero-gravity fights, exploding objects and just the fact of messing around with the physics of a DIY world keeps me glued to my seat. Strangely enough, this film was never released as a 3D picture even though it had great potential to become so. What a shame sorry Mr Nolan but it had to be said.
"You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."
-Eames the forger (Tom Hardy)
Christopher Nolan has done a spectacular job putting everything together and making Inception into the Oscar nominated masterpiece that we see on the big screen now. This is a testament to the complexity of the production and performance of the cast throughout (interesting fact: Nolan spent nearly eight years thinking and writing the script) that has created this limitless world.
Overall, I give the film 4/5 because like each dream world created by the Architect, nothing is ever truly perfect and I recommend this film to those who enjoy a good brain teaser or even for those dreamers with an immeasurable imagination. It is ingenious but not crafty, complex but not deceitful. Everyone has their own opinion, but you have to see it to believe it. Now, was it all a dream or was it really mind over matter?