The advantage of making one of the highest grossing films of all time is that when you go back to the studio they are likely to be more positive about any ideas you may have. This is the situation that Christopher Nolan found himself in. After relaunching the Batman franchise from the depths of Schumacher hell, with ‘Batman Begins’, Nolan then went on to make the phenomenal ‘The Dark Knight’ a record breaker and the film that showed you could make intelligent blockbusters. In between those two he made a little film called ‘The Prestige’, a story about two rival magicians in the 19th century, an amazing film with great twists and suspense that you had to follow intensely, to get to the thoroughly satisfying finale. (check it out)  Now we have Christophers Nolans BIG thinking movie.  From a script that he apparently has been working on for 14 years, we have ‘Inception’ a real mind bender not just in story but in visuals.

  The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a man who works in the area of dream infiltration. He is a spy for hire who will go into a targets dream and steal the secrets that they hide deep down in their subconcious.  Unfortunately Cobb finds it harder to control what is going on in the real world and has been hiding away from the authorities who think he killed his wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard).  Things begin to look up for Cobb when a busines Mr Saito, (Ken Watanabe) offers to help clear his name if he will do a job for him. The job involves placing a thought into the mind of a business rival (Cillian Murphy) something considered impossible, but Cobb thinks he can do it so starts assembling a team of experts including Ellen Page, Joeseph Gordon Levitt, and Tom Hardy. They set about creating a dream world to draw the target into and plant the thought.

  Thats about as much as you need to know, about the story as the less you know the better. Inception is a real intelligent thriller, one that you need to follow from the first minute to the last, or you could get lost. 

  As the story is quite complicated, Warners have been selling the film on it’s visuals, and very good visuals they are, from the train driving through the streets in the rain, to the skyscrapers crumbling into the sea in Cobbs dream world.  The sequences set in the vearious dream levels are a sight to be seen, all the more for the fact that a lot was done with physical effects rather than just CG’ing it like most films.  The standout visual sequence is the city bending in on it self which is in the trailer and is part of a longer sequence where cobb explains the dream creation process to Ellen Page’s Ariadne.

    As with his previous film Nolan has put together a great ensemble cast, with Leo leading the way showing why nhe is becoming one of the best dramatic actors around. Ellen Page has the right level of naeivity and confidence as the architect and Tom Hardy was a real surprise as I hadn’t seen his other films and thought he had a real presence.  It wouldn’t be a Nolan film without his lucky charm, Michael Caine, who has  brief role.

  I have to admit I am finishing this review a few weeks after I saw it, was really struggling it write about it, really needed to see it again, but haven’t had the time, but it does still stay in my mind quite clearly. As I mentioned the visuals are amazing and the story is quite complicated but as long as you pay attention it’s not too hard to follow. It is a great premise and Nolan has yet again shown his rising stature in Hollywood, and makes you wonder what he will do with the next installment in the Batman franchise.  This is a highly intelligent blockbuster something thats been missing in Hollywood for a while and maybe, just maybe we might get more films like it. If you want a film with action, a proper plot and great visuals then this is for you. It’s probably blasphermous to say but I actually enjoyed The Prestige more, but i’m sure after multiple viewings I might grow to love this as much.

   Rating 8/10

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