How do you follow up a masterpiece like The Dark Knight? Christopher Nolan is one of those rare cinematic geniuses that chooses not to be influenced by studios or profit, his previous films including Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige and of course Batman Begins have all won over critics, received awards and even topped the box office. Now Nolan delivers something so original and unique that his status as a writer/director will be likened with the great auteurs of our time. Inception can easily be called a masterpiece, and has by many top critics already; it’s the most fascinating and challenging film on this type scale. It’s The Matrix but less science fiction, its Avatar but more clever, it’s filled with fascinating performances, editing that won’t be defeated come Oscar time, and a script that defines the original screenplay category.

      Anything of value can be stolen, including our dreams. Cobb (DiCaprio) is an interesting type of thief, he and his associates have found a way to access an individual’s dreams, then take valuable information from them without that person even realizing it. Cobb isn’t in his business for the money but rather caught in his own web. A fugitive accused of killing his wife (Cotillard), he is unable to return home and care for his children, and is consistently haunted by the guilt of his actions. Hired to implant an idea into the family successor of global company, Cobb and his expert crew will risk their lives on the most dangerous mind game ever played.

      Inception is not a movie to slobber over popcorn, nor is it intended to be relaxing entertainment. This film requires constant focus from the viewer, and the willingness to trust Nolan’s script to wash over you and explain itself in due course. Creating something like Inception can only be born out of genius, the multiple layers, yet so carefully and thoroughly explained in the first 30 minutes. Inception has all the elements an epic picture should have; it’s the science fiction elements that one doesn’t usually experience with an “epic” film. Nothing will match the creativity and originality of Nolan’s script, so that Oscar is won, and many other nominations to gain. I cannot say enough about the films editing, and what a feat that must have been to wade through. The iconic sequence with Levitt’s character fighting in a hotel hallway is the film’s signature scene and perfect editing execution.

      Oscar winner Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) has the most dynamic of the performances. If any of the actors are singled out for a nomination she is out front. DiCaprio and Wantanabe are also fantastic to watch and it’s always the superior choice of actors in Nolan’s films that demand respect, regardless of subject matter or genre. As someone who watches nearly every film that hits theaters, it’s so rare to experience something so new, unique and deep, that repeat viewings will be just as rewarding. Inception will be nominated for best picture and continue to prove that Nolan is the creative future of cinema. Clearly Inception should make us all even more excited to see what Nolan will do with the next Batman film.

 Final Thought – Original epic movie making that consistently engages the viewer.

Grade A            

By: Dustin Chase W.            

Editor: Michael Rice