Christopher Nolan’s Inception almost shows what modern science fiction is truly capable of. An slightly human story combined with amazing special effects take us to a place where our deepest secrets can be stolen from our dreams and our deepest thoughts might not be out own.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb, the dream invader who sneaks inside your mind while you sleep to obtain your deepest secrets. When a rich business owner, Saito (Ken Watanabe) wants to eliminate the competition he hires Cobb to implant thoughts in his competitions mind. Cobb’s payment, if he succeeds, is a clean slate in the United States where he is wanted for the murder of his wife.
The plot is simple enough, but it is in the final product that Nolan’s skill as a director shines. With time perception being different, depending on the level of consciousness, the film could have been a complete mess. Nolan handles this in such a way that anyone can understand it. That’s not saying that all your questions will be answered. The brilliance of Nolan is that he manages to make films that will appeal to both the Hollywood crowd and the independent crowd. Inception, unlike The Dark Knight, is a film that asks some deep questions. In an age where privacy is invaded more than ever, where are our secrets safe?
“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” A line straight from Nolan’s film must have been his philosophy while crafting this near masterpiece. While films such as The Matrix dazzled audiences with their concept and breakthrough effects, they failed to connect on a human level, making them fun but empty films. Then there are films such as Solaris that have incredibly deep messages, but don’t have the excitement for a main stream audience. Inception does not quite reach the same level of breakthrough FX as The Matrix or the thoughtfulness of Solaris but, by capturing what it needs from both, it becomes a Sci-Fi movie that will go down as one of the biggest box office successes of the genre.