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A grand and wildly elaborate psycho-thriller
on May 7, 2016
Inception (2010) is a very heavy and involved psychological thriller set in a near future where a technology allows people to enter and create architecture for dreams. You can find out secret information this way, but the question is, can you plant an idea into someone's subconscious? That would be "inception".
The elaborate, central heist involves several participants played by a hyper-cool cast led by Di Caprio. After constructing dream architectures for their target, they isolate him on an airplane (ludicrously expensive to achieve) and then enter his dreams, dreams within dreams, dreams within dreams within dreams AND, due to unforeseen complications, there is even another unplanned level beyond that. Each level has it's own time-frame, such that in the deepest level, you can live a lifetime during one sleep. Strap in for some of the most spectacular and creative visuals ever seen on film - I mean really clever and mind-blowing stuff.
Everything about this film is heavy and powerful, often with feelings of paranoia, due to the blurred lines between dream and reality. The story, the visuals, the performances, the music - they all combine to make very powerful impressions upon the viewer, perhaps overwhelming for some. This is also one of the most discussed and debated films ever. After you see it, you might want to read some interpretations of the ending, perhaps on Wikipedia. It seems intentionally ambiguous but some clever observations may have shed some light. Because Inception is so intense, it isn't one of those easy-to-watch films that I regularly grab off the shelf. But it is too bold, imaginative and spectacular to give anything less that the top grade.