A master thief who steals corporate secrets using dream-sharing
technology assembles a team to plant an idea in the mind of a businessman.
Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elliot Page,
Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy,
Tom Berenger, Michael Caine, Pete Postlethwaite, Dileep Rao
Oscar Wins - Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing,
Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay,
Best Art Direction, Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer)
I saw Inception at the movies back when it came out in 2010, and I didn't like it. I've spent the last eleven years hesitant to revisit it due to the pretentious and annoying fanbase it's built up since its release. The douchebags who used this film to flex their intellectual muscles and claimed that anyone who didn't like the movie just didn't "get it." Fuck those people. However, I will say that a second viewing of this film is crucial to understanding how the film works. I was able to follow it this time, and now that I've seen so much from all the actors involved, I was able to see Inception as a movie again, and not as a statement of intelligence.
Like most of Christopher Nolan's films, Inception is difficult to follow if you're not completely paying attention. Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) is a master thief who specializes in stealing corporate secrets using technology that allows people to share dreams. Where this tech came from and who developed it is anybody's guess, but I digress. When Cobb is hired to plant an idea in the mind of a C.E.O., he assembles his A-team to get the job done. But the mental project of his dead wife (Cotillard) keeps interfering, and screws up the job, leaving Cobb and his team dead in the water unless they pull it off. Now that I understood the plot a bit more, the tension was heightened substantially. Plus, Hans Zimmer's incredible score just kept me wholly invested.
Inception is not Nolan's masterpiece. Nor is it an excuse for smug dicks to pucker up and kiss his ass. What it is is an inventive, exciting, sci-fi adventure that features an incredible cast and a complex but entertaining screenplay. I cannot stress enough the importance of the second watch. If you didn't like it the first time, I think you will the second time, if you're anything like me.