Lost—a word used quite often in descriptions of director and writer Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film, “Inception.”
But don’t worry, in this case it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
In “Inception” Nolan creates a maze and guides us through it.
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a professional dream infiltrator and thief who is trying to find a way back home. When a wealthy potential employer, Mr. Saito (Ken Watanabe), offers him a ticket back to his old life in exchange for achieving inception, Cobb assembles a team of top-notch dream invaders (Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy and Dileep Rao).
The goal of inception, plant a new idea in someone’s mind. In this case, an idea in the mind of young billionaire, Robert Fischer Jr. (Cillian Murphy).
The idea is simple, make Fischer break up his father’s company. However, the means to this end proves vastly more complicated.
Reality and non-reality twist and bend. Up becomes down and vice versa. Streets fold on top of themselves. Infinite staircases come to a screeching halt, and a sharp drop off. In short, the special effects are visually stunning.
As the dream world collapses on itself, Cobb also begins to implode.
The closer Cobb comes to achieving inception, the further away he moves from reality. With some help from his deceased wife Mal (Marion Cotillard), he descends deeper and deeper into his dream world.
It’s enough to make your head spin.
However, one simple story thread amidst this perplexing hodgepodge of realities guides us through this winding plot, Cobb’s need to find his way home.
Despite all it’s twists and turns “Inception” pulls us through the maze.
In the end, we find ourselves on the other side of the labyrinth still not sure where we are, but not regretting the journey.
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