Inception Review (2010): This one is an easy one to review- Inception is The Matrix for the new generation. Amazingly, icon Christopher Nolan created a movie that was even more multi-layered and deeper than The Matrix, something I never thought a mainstream Hollywood action movie was capable of. Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Dark Knight, and oh, yeah, underrated movies Memento, Insomnia, and The Prestige) continues his legacy as being a genius.
I’ll be honest with you: if Tony Vahl, CCB3, Zane Black, and Damian Hospital submitted a script like Inception, Hollywood would laugh at us because it seems too complicated and too deep. And, in truth, I would say that many viewers couldn’t understand Dream Levels 1, 2, 3, Limbo, and Real World. I’m sure there are thousands of humanoids out there (to borrow a term from the great Bobby The Brain Heenan) that thought Cobb’s wife Mal was real in Limbo at the end, and not a projection of his subconscious. I just shrug my shoulders at these people, and they should stick to their romantic comedies, which are a lot simpler.
Yes, at the risk of sounding high-brow and a snob, I have major issues with people who didn’t understand Inception. Christopher Nolan went OUT OF HIS WAY to explain each and every concept and rules of Inception throughout the movie. Seriously. All you had to do was use your ears and listen to the characters explaining everything. If some people couldn’t comprehend the three levels of dreams, I’m sorry, but it was clearly stated. If you didn’t understand what that guy was doing with the elevator, I’m sorry, you weren’t paying attention. You have been conditioned to Hollywood schlock and didn’t expect to think.
But I digress.
As co-author of the Dream Seeker, Inception was right up my alley. The only flaws, I guess, were that the opening sequences were a bit confusing for me at first- kinda like Grant Morrison not using captions in his comic books, and that Inception felt a bit like The Matrix and Vanilla Sky many times (i.e. it wasn’t the most original movie).
I loved Inception. It has to be seen at least twice, but that is not a bad thing. I’m tired of defending the fact that a complex movie isn’t a bad thing. I’m tired of a society that has ADD and wants things nice and simple. Christopher Nolan is my kind of man. He has the Midas touch on everything he does.
As far as the ending goes, that too was very simple. It could have gone either way. I don’t know why so many people at work were arguing over that one. Use your imagination, folks. Then again, I only saw Inception once. Maybe there is evidence hidden somewhere to supersede the last scene.
Leonardo DiCaprio continues to mature. The actor is fantastic.
Inception (2010): 5/5 Stars
Written by: Christopher Nolan
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard, Pete Posthethwaite, Michael Caine