Movie Review: Inception (2010)

Title: Inception
Release Date: July 16, 2010
Director: Christopher Nolan
Production Company: Legendary Pictures | Syncopy

This action/thriller drops one right into the midst of a heist where corporate espionage is achieved by using technology that allows entry into other peoples’ dreams to steal their most sensitive thoughts.  Leonard DiCaprio’s Dom Cobb leads a team of extractors while contending with the guilt of losing his late wife Mal (Marion Cotillard) who appears as an antagonist in his dreams.  Businessman Mr. Saito (Ken Watanabe) hires Dom with a proposal to perform “inception,” that is rather than extracting a thought, actually placing an idea into the mind of his main rival’s heir.

In typical heist movie fashion, Dom pulls together a team to carry of the inception. A key figure is Ariadne (Ellen Page), an architecture grad student new to the shared dream world who asks all the questions the audience wants to ask.  Nevertheless, Inception doesn’t make much sense and like The Matrix – a clear influence – internal logic is dispensed with if there’s an opportunity for a cool gun battle.  I do like Inception more than The Matrix, though, as it has much more heart.  And honestly, who ever expects dreams to make sense?

Rating: ***