When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.
Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible - inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. Written by
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This is your first lesson in shared dreaming. Stay calm.
Inception is written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The
film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt,
Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao,
Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. The musical score is by Hans Zimmer
and Wally Pfister is the cinematographer. Plot finds DiCaprio playing
Dom Cobb, a specialised spy for hire who steals ideas from the dreams
of people. But one day he gets a different offer, one that will enable
him to see his estranged children. To get his reward he must enact
Inception, the planting of an idea in the mind of the selected target.
But Inception is thought impossible and should Cobb and his selected
team fail? The consequences are unthinkable.
There has already been much written and pondered about as regards
Inception in the relatively short running time of its life. One can
only imagine what will be written and said about it in ten years time.
For although it's arguably a bit too early to be talking about it being
held in such high regards as the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, it's
inescapable that Nolan's movie is this current generation's sci-fi
classic. That Nolan has managed to make it accessible to the
mainstream, and dazzled the eyes as much as the brain in the process,
is close to being a piece of genius craftsmanship.
Inception is a film that it's better to know nothing about before
venturing into it, and then it asks, well Nolan asks, for your
undivided attention. It's neither as confusing as some have painted it,
nor does it have any tricks-peek behind the curtain type-up its sleeve.
The truth is is that Inception has something for everyone; thematically
speaking, and that's before we pore over the special effects that sees
Nolan raising the bar considerably. As is the case with twisty high
concept movies, interpretations are many, with the director rightly
abstaining from discourse about his movie. What forms the basis is your
basic life and death struggles, with the grey areas during and after
given a clever cinematic make over. There's also meditations on grief
that this reviewer personally found easy to get involved with; that of
course wont work for everyone, but that is just one of many strands
that Nolan dangles for the discerning viewer.
If that all sounds a bit too serious for the man who has redefined the
Super Hero genre, rest assured thrill seekers, Inception is also a loud
swirly spectacle. The action is raucous, be it gun fights or zero
gravity punch ups, Nolan has not lost the ability to take the viewer on
an action fuelled roller-coaster ride, aided superbly by Lee Smith's
editing and Pfister's perfectly broad photography While Zimmer's score
blends electronic action pulse beats with saddened guitar strains
(ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr on 12 string) to craft one of the best
scores of 2010. As I said, there's something for everyone here, making
it perhaps one of the leading nominees for title of ultimate modern day
Then there's the strong ensemble cast, led by a quite scintillating
performance from DiCaprio. Following on from his cards played close to
his chest turn in Shutter Island, DiCaprio has given 2010 two of its
best lead performances. Here he gives real depth of emotion, the kind
that makes it easy for the viewers to hang their hats on. His unfussy
acting is easy to buy into, giving the character the air of
believability, he is the glue that binds the whole film together.
Murphy is wonderfully vulnerable, very much an axis in the narrative,
while Levitt almost usurps DiCaprio with a neatly layered portrayal
that carries a delightful whiff of duality about it. Special praise,
too, for Ellen Page. Still in her early 20s, she exudes an intelligent
sexiness that shines bright in a role that could have been boorishly
played as a cipher in a lesser actress' hands. While Hardy provides
brawny levity and Berenger leaves a favourable mark.
The Matrix meets Heat and Mission Impossible, only it's written by
Phillip K. Dick and Richard Matheson; or something like that. A
cracking hybrid movie that's fit to grace any summer and sure to
improve and enlighten with further viewings. 9.5/10
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