Are you really reading this right now, or are you only dreaming of reading this? Most of us have awaken from a dream and wondered how the dream could seem so real — well maybe it wasn’t a dream and right now you are still locked away in that dream.
Are you sure about what your current reality is?
There are so many perceptions of what reality is, and those different perceptions of what is real and what is a dream are what drives the movie Inception.
Inception is the ultimate heist movie at its core, or at least that is what drives the movie. But, the heist is centered on where people are the most vulnerable — in their dreams. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb, the extractor who enters people’s dreams to learn and steal their deepest, darkest secrets.
Cobb is hired to steal the secrets of Saito (Ken Watanabe), a businessman who turns the tables on Cobb, and then hires him to do something that has never been done before — plant an original idea in a subject’s mind so the subject believes he or she came up with the idea, thus, attacking the subject at the point of inception.
Because Cobb has a pending murder charge against him, he accepts the job on a promise from Saito that the murder charge against him will disappear so he can return to his family.
Cobb forms a team consisting of Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the point man; Ellen Ariadne (Ellen Page), the architect; Eames (Tom Hardy), the forger and Yusuf (Dileep Rao).
Together the team is charged with implanting an idea in the mind of Robert Fischer Jr. (Cillian Murphy), the son of an energy baron, and Saito’s main rival.
But, Cobb is haunted in his dreams by his deceased wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard), which endangers the entire mission, and Cobb’s one chance to go back home and be reunited with his children.
I am not sure whether Cobb got back to where he wanted to be — in reality — or whether he was left dreaming.
DiCaprio is excellent in Inception, which only adds to the acting talents of the remaining cast.
The storyline is easy to follow once you get past which level of dream world you are watching at the time and the subplots continue to keep pulling you deeper and deeper into the film.
Whether you are a DiCaprio fan or not, this is one movie you can’t miss this summer. Next week: Salt staring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Box office release: July 16
Genre: Action, Thriller, mystery
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe
Star count: 5 Stars