The movie Inception (2010) won four Academy Awards, including honors for best sound editing, best sound mixing, best cinematography, and best visual effects. These qualities along with a decent story line make for an entertaining if dreamy cinematic experience that works well in movie or home theaters alike. For the kind folks at Matt Lynn Digital, the movie garners mixed reviews following a recent screening of the film.
(Leonardo DiCaprio as Dominick Cobb).
The movie starts with the premise that the character Dominick Cobb, as portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, is a thief with a secret. The secret is one withheld from many in Cobb’s ring of helpers involved with a dream-sharing technology called inception, which is the inspiration for the film’s name. As with other films written and directed by Christopher Nolan, the story pushes the boundary of science fiction in a nuanced and speculative manner.
(Tom Hardy as Eames is seated on left. Ken Watanabe as Saito stands at center. Dileep Rao as Yusuf stands at right).
Cobb’s inception service is solicited in the story of Inception by energy businessman Saito, who is portrayed by Ken Watanabe. The pretext for Saito’s illicit service request is to help counteract the world marketshare of Australian energy conglomerate Fischer Morrow for his company, Proclus Global. Saito argues that Fischer Morrow becomes the equivalent of a governmental superpower without the intended planting of an idea into pending Fischer Morrow head Robert Fischer.
(Cillian Murphy as Robert Fischer, left. Tom Berenger as Peter Browning, right).
Cillian Murphy portrays Robert Fischer, the foil upon whom the theft of idea implantation through the inception dream-sharing technology is to be shared. Tom Berenger plays Peter Browning, the longtime legal council to Robert Fischer’s dying father, Maurice Fischer. Browning also is Robert Fischer’s godfather, surrogate father, and trusted confidant governing the sensitivity Robert feels surrounding what feels like an emotionally neglectful relationship.
(Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur and Ellen Page as Ariadne).
The team that is tasked with helping Cobb perpetuate the theft against Robert and Maurice Fischer’s company includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur, Ellen Page as Ariadne, Tom Hardy as Eames, and Dileep Rao as Yusuf. Arthur and Eaves (a forger) have the most personal relationships with Cobb among the theft crew. Arthur works to make sure everything is in its proper place. Yusuf formulates his own brand of dream-sharing drugs that become important within the context of the intended theft proposed by Cobb on behalf of Saito.
(Michael Caine, left, as Stephen Miles. Leonardo DiCaprio as Dominick Cobb, right).
Michael Caine portrays Stephen Miles. Miles serves as mentor to Cobb as a fugitive outside the United States following the death of Miles’ daughter and Cobb’s wife, Mal. Marion Cotillard portrays Mal. Miles, as a college professor, introduces Dominick Cobb to a star pupil of his, Ariadne. It is Ariadne’s intellectual curiosity that leads her to join the Fischer idea planting project. Critical pieces to multiple parts of the story are shared only after this introduction.
(Marion Cotillard as Mal Cobb).
Many personal stories among the characters get explored through the really interesting notion of the dream-sharing frames within the film Inception. The creativity of the hook and the storytelling that follows really captured my imagination in a positive and unique way. The hook made Lynn of Matt Lynn Digital uncomfortable to the point of choosing to stop watching the movie.
(Cillian Murphy as Robert Fischer, front. Leonardo DiCaprio as Dominick Cobb, center. Tom Hardy as Eaves, back).
The images within the story, which are reflected with the Academy Awards for best cinematography and best visual effects identified earlier in this piece, supported the story to an outstanding degree. The different landscapes and bending of physical concepts on-screen were dynamic and appreciated. The layering of dreams within dreams, and stories within stories, engaged me to a high degree. The notion of tying characters to reality with a totem, though applied differently that the dictionary definition of totem within the movie, was appreciated.
My sense for desiring adventure and playful boundary-pushing in movies has me wanting to rate Inception highly. That Lynn felt uncomfortable with a large concept of the storytelling has its place in my applying my grade to the movie. Overall, I offer Inception 3.75-stars out-of 5.
Matt – Saturday, January 12, 2019