The Brilliance is in the detail
I wanted to write a review praising Inception soon after seeing the film, but a film as complex as this needs a little time to digest. So, after 24 hours I went to see the film a second time; and believe me when I say, this film gets better on a second viewing – why? Because with brilliance is in the details. Every shot, and I mean every single shot means something, it’s a clue to a later plot point, or it tells you something about the characters. This is shooting from the hip, this is shooting from the head.
Leonardo DiCaprio, plays Cobb, who is the self claimed “most skilled extractor”. His ‘job’ is to utilize the technology to enable dream sharing to steal ideas or secrets from the subject. He is a man who is haunted to a piont where it threatens the success of his job and the safety of his colleagues, his back story is one that balances the action and visuals perfectly.
When Cobb is offered the chance to plant an idea into a subjects head, known as Inception, this is where the story really takes off. Weaving through the mission itself, Cobb’s back story the film is expertly written so the audience is left with a full understanding of how inception works, and the consequences of dream sharing.
I have to also mention the impeccable ensemble cast this film has; Joseph Gordon-Levett has proven that he deserves to be promoted out of the teen rom-com ranks and Tom Hardy also deserves a special mention, who brings some lovely comedic moments to break up some of the tension.
Obviously, a great cast can only be as good as the director, and Christopher Nolan has in the last few years proven himself great when it comes to balancing action and drama. He is able to really bring the emotion of the characters, their worries, concerns, fears and absolutions though so unlike in other large productions like this, you care for the characters – you want them to succeed.
The most impressive fact about this film is that it was mostly shot in-camera, with CGI kept to a minimum. This I respect most about Nolan. Film makers have in recent years become too dependent on CGI, and in many cases it seems a screenplay is written around that fact that new and exciting visual possibilities are achievable. Whereas it should be the other way around.
I couldn’t recommend this film highly enough. Go see it as soon as possible.
Then go see it again.