Rarely have I seen a director set fans’ expectations so high, and live up to them. Well, up to know, Christopher Nolan has been able to do that with his incredible portfolio, consisting of Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Each and every time, Nolan has been able to outdo himself and bring something fresh to the audience.
After releasing The Dark Knight, which is still the king of Opening Week revenues and was nominated for 8 Oscars, the bar was VERY high for Nolan’s Inception, his latest movie. If that wasn’t enough, he probably brought together one of the strongest casts in recent years: DiCaprio, Cotillard, Murphy, Caine, Page… One might wonder how someone could fail with these guys !
Inception starts off strong right away, with action scenes that will get you on the edge of your seat for the first minutes. The pace never really slows down; when Nolan’s not overwhelming you with out-of-this world action sequences, he’s filling your brain with information crucial to the understanding of the somewhat complicated plot. It may seem too much to take in the first 20 minutes of the movie, but the scenario is so well constructed, the actors are so good and the cinematography is so impressive, that you quickly pick-up the rhythm, and before you know it, you’ll be immersed in the story.
As the movie goes on, you wonder how can someone come up with such a creative, intelligent story, as detailed as this one, and not get lost in his own process of creation. Well, here’s another thing that Nolan has not failed at. The scenario is pretty much flawless, and always makes you wonder about dreams, the mind, subconscious mentality… Yes, this is a sci-fi movie, but it doesn’t get too geeky and they are still morales and values transmitted throughout.
Leo, Leo, Leo… What can I say ? Probably the most underrated actor right now (with Brad Pitt not far behind). He once again delivers a mind-blowing performance, bringing an intelligent but emotionally disturbed character to life. The rest of the cast is also brilliant: the young and lovely Ellen Page shows us once again why she is one of Hollywood’s most promising actress out there right now. Academy-award winner Marion Cotillard is also wonderful in her supporting, but nonetheless important role.
One thing that scared me at first was the fact that Nolan was going to use major VFX and CGI for this movie, something he’s been known to use as little as possible in his previous movies, which gives his films an incredible organic feel (i.e. the Truck-Flip in The Dark Knight). Well, the visual effects are so beautifully integrated and they serve the story so well that you end up being used to them and process them in your brain as a normal visual aspect of the film.
I could go on with this review, but I think that by now, you understand that I thoroughly enjoyed this picture, and it exceeded my expectations by a mile. I hope this movie gets the recognition it deserves, because I feel it is destined to be a classic of modern cinema. Christopher Nolan proves again that he is one of the best writers and directors in recent years.