Inception is an absolutely brilliant scifi drama.
I’ve been very excited to watch the film ever since I saw the trailer a few weeks ago. It is the first Hollywood film that I watched this year in theaters, and I definitely recommend that you watch it on the big screen.
Inception is the story of a team that tries to plant an idea into a target’s mind as he’s dreaming. The plot is layered with multiple flashbacks, five or six levels of reality, and at least one major subplot. As you can guess, the film isn’t going to let you go without challenging you. It’s got to be the most complex plot I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing. The way it unfurls and unfolds is done gradually, but by the end of the movie, I didn’t feel like I had a perfect understanding of it. You definitely need to watch twice to fully understand it. Or you can go to the Wikipedia article.
Aside from the complexity, the one unmistakable aspect of the plot is its originality. The film explores the nature of reality in the same way that the Matrix does, but through the avenue of the dreamworld. It challenges your notion of how dreams and memories work. The subconscious is given a very real manifestation. It gives you a new way to look at the passing of time and the act of creation. Creation as pure as a dream’s construction is a concept to be further explored.
The characters are cast accurately and portraying emotion very well. Dialogue is usually back-and-forth, which works well for the frantic pacing of the film. But at the same time, its done in way that adds emotion and a real human element to the film. Its not just another heist film where materialism is king. It deals with guilt, grief, and love. Humor is sprinkled in, but isn’t consistent, which sits fine with the gravity of the film.
As with the plot, the special effects are mindbending. Cities folding onto themselves, fights with shifting gravity, shattering objects shattering. Its worth going to the theater, or at least watching it on Blu-ray, for these. Although the focus of the film is most definitely the plot, the special effects greatly add to it. Also, the editing especially adds to the film, especially in the final scene.
I’d wholeheartedly recommend this film to anyone who is willing to navigate the maze that it is. It is the best movie to have come out this year. Watch Inception in theaters while you still can. It’s brilliant.