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7.18.2010

Inception- Exception-al

In one of the scenes, Cobb says, "What's the most resilient parasite? An Idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules. Which is why I have to steal it." And he is right. Nolan's idea has built a world and has rewritten the storytelling. I'm captivated by his world. I have to steal his brain. If Avatar has pushed the boundaries of technical brilliance, Inception is the benchmark for screenwriting. But this one stands out from Avatar, for the technology and screenplay have rarely blended together and that serves as a testimony for Nolan's mastermind. If you feel like I'm a fanatic, gushing, sorry I can't help it.


**SPOILERS AHEAD**

Cobb (Caprio) is paid to get into the dreams of business tycoons, extract and steal their ideas. But his deceased wife, Mal's memory keep haunting him every time he enters into one's dream. Cobb still feel that he is responsible for his wife's death (forcibly exited out of US for this) and Saito (Ken Watanabe), a business magnet whom Cobb encountered previously, offers him a deal- instead of stealing the ideas, plant an one. If Cobb succeeds, Saito with his influence will help Cobb return back to United States and reunite with his kids. So Cobb chooses an architect, Ariadne (Ellen Page), a forger, Eames (Tom Hardy) along his friend Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) set off on their mission, to plant the idea into Robert Fischer Jr.(Cillian Murphy) mind, Saito's rival. Did they succeed? But to describe every plot and layers of storytelling in detail would take away the magic of this film.
The film's heart lies in the second half and you have to constantly pay attention to remember all the sub-plots and layers happening inside the dream. The film is about layers and that’s what makes it great. It is a film that requires multiple viewing to truly understand the ambiguous subjects.

The casting is perfect. Caprio scores in the emotional scenes with his wife and Ellen ably supports him. Cinematography, Art Direction, Special Effects, Back Ground Music can be compiled to a single word- Extra-ordinary. You feel you are into the world and travel along with Cobb and his co. Editing- the way the scenes are cut, layers are executed exemplarily in a non-linear narration, keeps us glued.


Wine gets better with time and Nolan is getting better and better in every film. If Academy awards snub Nolan from Best Director, Best Original Screenplay next year, they deserve a middle finger.


Inception: Enter into Nolan's dream that has No EXIT doors. You are imprisoned forever.

PS: I will come up with a compilation of doubts my friends asked after watching this film.

Mr. Critic 5-Star: *****


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kanaguonline said...

/*f Academy awards snub Nolan from Best Director, Best Original Screenplay next year, they deserve a middle finger.*/

Well said Karthik.. :)

Amazing film... :) Looks like I will watch it twice :) Such a damn good film... time flies while watching this movie :D :D

Manasa said...

Nice review.. yet to watch..