Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Review: Inception

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio

Year: 2010

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rated: PG-13

Length: 148 min.

IMDB Summary: In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job to date: Inception.

Inception is one of the best action flicks ever made. The acting, directing, music, plot and stunt work are stellar, and the characterization is remarkably good for an action flick. We see DiCaprio not only as a tough action hero, but also as a broken, grieving widower and a father willing to take his chances in order to reunite with his kids. Supporting characters strengthen the plot and the lead character. There are several moments that make you jump, especially when the dream-apparition resembling the lead's wife appears out of nowhere. There are some heavy themes, including dreams vs. reality, appearance vs. reality, loss, guilt and desperation. DiCaprio's character carries a dark secret inside of him, concerning the death of his wife, which is not revealed until the end of the movie. What really sells this movie are the impressive action sequences (Mombasa chase, gravity-defying hotel fight, etc.), the use of symbolism ("waiting for a train"), the lead's dark past and the intriguing concept of "a dream within a dream." Watch Inception.

For Parents:
There is not much violence--a few people are shot, but in the dream world this simply "wakes them up" from the dream. A man and woman are seen lying hand-in-hand on train tracks as a train approaches, but nothing more is shown. A woman jumps from a hotel building, in an apparent suicide. Some language. The violence isn't that bad, but the plot of Inception may be difficult for kids to follow.

My Rating:
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