I can honestly say with absolute conviction, that this movie is the summer blockbuster AND the movie of 2010. It’s an ambitious film that melds a heist film with a science fiction thriller. as the movie follows Dom Cobb, a dream extractor played by Leonardo Dicaprio, and his team as they enter the dream world to plant an idea. Conflict arises as Cobb’s dead wife, played by Marion Cotillard, further complicates their plan as she portrays a beautiful, yet tragic creature that can’t leave Cobb alone. Even for non sci-fi fans, their story of love will reel the audience in.
And with an impressive cast of thespians ranging from Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, and Tom Berenger, the film does wonders to emotionally invest you in their world while simultaneously confuse you of which scenes are reality or dreams. But like Nolan’s other films (The Batman movies, Memento, Prestige), they work in complex natures while still entertaining the audience. The film IS a maze with wonderful “mind-bending” special effects within an innovative story paired with an alluringly grand and epic score by Hans Zimmer. My mind is still astonished that we entered a dream within dream over four times.
Certainly the film will take multiple viewings to fully grasp the densities of the film. Which scenes are dreams or reality? Was the entire film a complete intricate dream within Cobb’s mind? Was Cobb stuck in his subconscious or free from his wife? Either way, the ending will leave you with more than one interpretation and more than one viewing will certainly do the trick. Again Thank you Mr. Nolan for an entertaining, mind-boggling ride.
My Rating: A+
Note: I loved the song, “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien,” they used for the kick. Not only is the song done by Edith Piaff, Marion Cotillard played her in La Vie En Rose, but the song is noteworthy for eerily portraying Cobb’s journey of no regrets. An excellent treat for movie-goers.