Visual stunner filled with wit and depth

Alexandria Deavers, Art director

Sigmund Freud believed a person’s dreams were made out of their unconscious and the vapid events of everyday life. Christopher Nolan’s latest masterpiece, “Inception,” takes this theory and increases its complexity to the next level. In this mind-numbing film, Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team only invade the dreams of others to steal secrets. But when Saito, an energy magnate, asks to plant an idea into a corporate rival’s mind, Cobb and his team decide to do the impossible. Inception is the practice of entering dreams and planting an idea in someone’s head. In return for planting the idea to break-up Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) father’s conglomerate and sell it into the mind of Fischer, Cobb will be able to freely return to the United States and finally see his two young children.

When it comes to the creativity of the story plot itself, there is no dispute that it took Nolan 10 years to develop the plot as well as the screenplay. The story is like that of all other memory-related films in that our memory or dreams become more complicated than what we originally thought. But unlike other memory-related films, “Inception” has a unique balance between action and psychological thriller. The film gives its audience their overdue dosage of deep cognitive thinking, while also keeping their interest peaked with anti-gravity fight scenes, explosive weaponry and rampant snow-mobile combat.

While the action is highly appealing, it would be nothing without the above-par realism from the computer-generated imagery. The special effects are so detailed that a viewer may have a hard time believing the footage of the Earth bending onto itself is not actually real. Contrary to the demand of 3-D from many viewers, Nolan made an agreeable choice in choosing to film in 2-D and IMAX. With 3-D, it would limit Nolan’s panning styles, focusing tactics and other filming techniques which would have left the viewer deprived while watching the film in 3-D.

What “Inception” does not leave viewers deprived of is a wide variety of popular actors; from the “extractor” Cobb played by Leonardo DiCaprio, to the “architect” Ariande played by Ellen Page, to the “point man” Arthur played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, every cast member has been well-selected to the point where viewers already feel as if they knew the nature of the characters due to parts in previous films. The cast of “Inception” has natural charisma that is not apparent in many new films. Although there was minimal dark romance and comedy, “Inception” has a well-balanced variety of genres to keep movie lover satisfied.

“Inception” digs deep into the subconscious of its audience and plants the entertaining thought of tapping into the minds of others. The story line is a challenge to follow, yet still easy enough to understand the main plot. When the audience walks out of the theatre, they are filled with confusion about their own reality and are left in deep thought that no movie has done in ages.