Monday, 30 August 2010


Once you buy into Christopher Nolan’s premise ‘that the world around you may not be real’ you realise that Inception (2010) has a simple, but inventive story line. Professional extractor, Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), is a specialise in conning secrets from ‘marks’ by infiltrating their dreams. He is offered a chance by Saito (Ken Watanabe) to have a murder charge against him dismissed which will allow him to return to his old family life. Cobb must perform inception, which involves the complicated business of implanting an idea into the mind of Robert Fisher (Cillian Murphy), convincing him to dismantle his dying father’s vast corporate business empire.

An action thriller with a ‘slight science fiction bent’ (Nolan’s words not mine) that brings to mind the Matrix films crossed with a dash of James Bond. This exciting movie certainly warrants more than one viewing to sort out the intricacies of the gripping narrative but to Nolan’s credit he makes the dream levels easy to follow, as each setting is entirely different. In fact it’s really a bit of a good old-fashioned edge-of-your-seat adventure story dressed up in today’s technology.

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