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Movie Reviews

Film Review: “Inception”

(Warner Bros. 2 hours, 28 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout. Directed by Christopher Nolan.) Leonardo DiCaprio (Dom Cobb), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Arthur), Ellen Page (Ariadne), Tom Hardy (Eames), Ken Watanabe (Saito), Dileep Rao (Yusef), Cillian Murphy (Robert Fischer, Jr.), Tom Berenger (Browning), Marion Cotillard (Mal), Pete Postlethwaite (Maurice Fischer), Michael Caine (Miles), Lukas Haas (Nash). Music by Hans Zimmer.

Bravura filmmaking, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight). Audiences may finally get the jolt they’ve needed this summer, as there’s been a decided lack of excitement about the offerings so far. Jared and I, jaded film critics that we are, plan to see this again this weekend! Cue up Gary Wright’s old hit “Dream Weaver” on your iPod after you get home from watching this one. You’ll likely need some soothing music as you try to sort out what you just saw.

At its core, Inception is a heist movie. Instead of rare jewels, however, Dom Cobb and his team of experts steal corporate secrets from people’s unconscious minds in a process called “extraction.” Both the team and the target have to be dreaming for this to occur. Cobb’s latest job is something different: his client, Saito, wants him to perform an “inception”: not to steal an idea, but plant one in the mind of a business rival, Robert Fischer Jr. Cobb’s compadres include Arthur, the point man; Eames, the “forger” (actually a mimic, or shape-shifter); Yusef, the chemist; and Ariadne, the new member (really, representing us). Adding to the complexities is Cobb’s forced separation from his two children and the invasion by his wife Mal into his own unconscious. I’ll stop here because if this premise interests you at all, you should be left to discover the many layers of the “inception” process on your own. Just be prepared to debate the merits of the movie with your friends for some time to come. I’ll say this, though (and I never say this): this movie will be recognized at Oscar time. Impressive on every “level.”