In Shutter Island, Leonardo DiCaprio starred as a man on a mission; a man whose deceased psychotic wife haunts his mind and caused him to lose his kids; whose neat, slicked-back hair hides what could be an unravelling sanity in his own built-up reality. Taking on a totally different role for his second outing of 2010, DiCaprio returns in Inception, starring this time as a man on a mission; a man whose deceased psychotic wife haunts his mind and caused him to lose his kids; whose neat, slicked-back hair hides what could be an unravelling sanity in his own built-up reality.
But seriously, folks. Christopher Nolan has not only cemented himself as a master of mindfuck, he’s also presented us with the movie that’s going to define the decade.
Inception is set in a world where dreams are a lucrative, industrious and perilous business, where men like Leonardo’s character Cobb make careers out of infiltrating peoples’ dreams to steal valuable secrets. But is this really a world, or is it a dream?
The beauty of Inception lies in the fact that, owing to the rules the movie itself establishes, everything from the most major of plot points to the most minute of details in a scene presents an individual ambiguity that blurs the lines between reality and dreamscape. In the aftermath of its ending, no two people will be able to have an absolute agreement on the truth behind Cobb and his story.
Already having created timeless gems in Memento, The Dark Knight and The Prestige, Christopher Nolan has surpassed himself with this masterclass in film-making and scriptwriting. All the rating-stars in the world couldn’t justify this one.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Producers: Christopher Nolan & Emma Thomas
Screenwriter: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine