REVIEW: ‘Inception’

Director:
Christopher Nolan
Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Ellen Page
Tom Hardy
Ken Watanabe
Dileep Rao
Cillian Murphy
Rated: PG-13

In the film DiCaprio is a character named Cobb, a man who has unique technology to enter into the dreams of other people. Along for these missions in other people’s minds is Arthur (Gordon-Levitt), Cobb’s right-hand man. Because of his extreme job, though, Cobb is unable to return to his family.

He gets a chance to go back home, though, when a job opportunity opens up. The only issue is that this mission is the hardest one he’s ever had to pull off. To make it happen, Cobb pulls together resources and assembles the best team he can.

Christopher Nolan’s latest film is a fantastically well made motion picture, being technically sound in many different aspects. In fact, the technical aspects are likely this film’s greatest strengths.

The special effects and stunt work are amazing and help to construct the massive worlds inside people’s dreams. This is combined with great sound work to make the action felt even more by the audience. Additionally, the film also shows off some good choreography.

Another positive point in Nolan’s film is the cast he assembled for it. DiCaprio, Hardy, Gordon-Levitt and Page all give solid, smart performances that are backed up by an intelligent script. The movie also gives each of the characters a different set of skills, so each of them bring something to the table.

The music in “Inception,” by Hans Zimmer, made for some thrilling moments, too. Make no mistake, the music lends a great deal to this picture.

With all that said, “Inception” isn’t without its share of issues. Mainly, there seemed to be a lack of emotion to this story. Even with Cobb’s rather tragic backstory, the film still felt like it was attempting to focus more on the action rather than the emotional weight of the character.

The dream-scape did start to lose some wonder after a while, too. As the movie kept going, there was little to differentiate the dream world from real life besides the changing locations. As the settings changed, though, it felt less like a dream and more like a video game.

The movie’s ending was a bit of a cop out in my opinion, too.

“Inception” is an amazingly well made action film, but at the end of the day, it’s still just an action film. For all its technical marvels and suspenseful sequences, the film lacked a bit of heart for me. Because of how well it was made, though, it gets a high 4 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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