By I. Hoff
Almost one decade ago, director Christopher Nolan created a world of dreams with a brilliant sci-fi thriller. The word “inception” means the beginning of an organization or official activity, and in this case the word highlights the base of the movie: the implementation of an idea into someone’s subconscious mind through a dream. Dominic Cobb, the protagonist (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), has dedicated years of his life experimenting the different stages and levels of a dream, most of which were with his deceased wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard).
The movie initiates with its falling action, which allows the audience to have a taste of what is to come: a confusing, yet mind-blowing and brilliant plot. Cobb works with his stellar assistant, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), on top-level missions for rich clients. But because he's suspected of killing his wife, Cobb cannot return to America to see his children even though it is his most sacred and compulsive desire. After years of isolation from his family, Cobb receives a special assignment from a Japanese financier (Ken Watanabe) that will enable him to break free from his condemnation and go back home. The target of the job is the business tycoon, Fischer (Cillian Murphy), the heir to an industrial empire. Cobb must persuade Fischer to break up his dying father’s vast conglomerate for the sake of global peace, however, in order to achieve this, Cobb and his team must penetrate several levels of consciousness which might end up taking them to the limbo - the final possible level of consciousness which takes a lifetime to pass making the person lose touch with reality.
The movie has definitely impressed everyone who has watched it, especially considering all the creativity put into it and the captivating visual effects. It was awarded an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, nominated in various aspects for the Golden Globes and won the two highest honors for a science fiction or fantasy film: the 2011 Bradbury Award and the 2011 Hugo Award. Personally, when watching the movie, I constantly felt anxious to what would come next, especially at the high points of thriller. The motion picture brought together the elements of mystery, suspense and action that allows everyone who watches it to enjoy. The most curious feature to me was the fact that it made me question what’s a dream and what's reality, consequently, making me feel more eager to find out how the movie would wrap up giving me an answer. It reminded me of the idea that we aren’t living a reality, but a dream - which was essential to spook me a little bit during the movie.
Overall, the “Inception” is an exceptional film that I would recommend to anyone, as it appeals to all tastes. The movie takes an intelligent turn and an exhilarating route. If the unknown easily engages you and you haven’t experienced this adventure yet, I ask that you pick up your remote and rent the film as you won’t regret it.