“Inception”? It Really Means Film Perfection Achieved
As I watched the “Inception” credits roll by, my first thought was that Christopher Nolan is a certified filmmaking genius. In a time where people are wowed by cartoon movies (yeah, I’m looking at you “Avatar”), Nolan has created a movie that is so meticulously crafted and sculpted, with such a dense, layered script, that’s it hard to even believe that Warner Brothers put up the cash for this unbelievably daring movie. There have been large scale films that have crashed and burned because they are bad movies. I have a feeling this movie could crash and burn (a little bit) because it is far too good.
By now, you’ve probably read a bit about this movie so you have some idea that it focuses on dreams. You’ve probably also read that it’s very difficult to talk about this movie without spilling the beans on the twists and turns that occur. Just know this: do not believe all the talk about “Inception” being too confusing or hard to follow. It’s simply not true. Yes, you have to pay attention to every single word that is said, as every single word is used to advance the story. There is not one throwaway line, no filler. It’s meaty. It’s wordy.
Again, I don’t want to scare the casual movie goer away. Sure, if you aren’t interested in a complex story with several (and I mean several) layers in it, you may find yourself a bit bored. See, the first 45 minutes or so are really dedicated to learning about how Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his crew essentially break into people’s dreams in an effort to steal secrets. This is done while explaining to his new hire, Ariadne (Ellen Page, actually not annoying), as they walk around in a dream. It’s one of the more visually amazing sequences you will see…until about an hour later.
Cobb is hired by Saito (Ken Watanabe) to break into Robert Fischer’s mind (Cillian Murphy) and…well, I don’t want to say. Let’s just say that it’s an elaborate heist that lasts the last 45-60 minutes of the movie. It also involves dreaming within a dream…within a dream. Like I said, there are many layers to this onion.
During the heist, you are treated to some fantastic acting from DiCaprio, witty dialogue (mostly from Tom Hardy, who steals virtually every scene he’s in), and of course, the pinnacle achievement of “Inception”. That would be the hotel sequence which mostly features Arthur (the as cool as a cucumber Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in a spinning hallway, experiencing shifts in gravity, free fall, and eventually, zero gravity. It’s as breathtaking a scene that I’ve ever watched and, get ready, because it lasts about 20 minutes. It’s the kind of scene that is so amazing that will keep you coming back to this movie for years to come.
I’m lucky enough to have a rating system on Cinematically Correct that allows me to reference someone without actually saying his name. I’m not comparing “Inception” to this director’s movies at all. However, it lives and breathes in the same world as those movies. It’s completely original, it doesn’t use CGI, it uses action to advance the story. It’s just a phenomenal achievement for Christopher Nolan and really has to be seen to fully understand its greatness. Many people have written about it and tried to expound on it, but it really is impossible to do so.
There is no doubt in my mind that “Inception” will walk away with the most Academy Awards this year. It’s a shoo-in for Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Cinematography, essentially every technical award is in the bag for it. I’m sure Best Picture and Best Director nominations are coming its way as well. After scanning movies to be released this year, there really can’t be anything to compare to the job Christopher Nolan has done. For his work to not be recognized this time around, well, it would be a travesty.
In short, my feeling is that “Inception” makes “Avatar” its bitch. It’s perfection. It’s a pulp sci-fi thriller masterpiece. The guy seen here with the cig in his mouth would’ve been proud.