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Inception (2010) - Written Retro Review

Justin here. Continuing with my Christopher Nolan marathon before the release of Dunkirk, I re-watched Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Michael Caine. The film is about a team of extractors, lead by Dom Cobb (DiCaprio), who use an experimental method of going into dreams and stealing important information from the mind of one's subconscious in a shared dream world as part of a corporate espionage. When one of the targets (Ken Watanabe) discovers what's going on, he makes a deal with Cobb to get his team inside the dreams of a rival competitor (Cillian Murphy) in exchange for Cobb to return to the United States. I'll admit, the first time I watched this, I was confused on what to make of it. It's a movie that you really have to take the time to figure out. I really love it now more than I did before. The story was fantastic. It's smart, engaging and suspenseful with the way that the dreams work and the twists and turns that occur when the team ends up going into them. Nolan once again shines as a great director by showing us the different ways the dreams work including the dream-within-a-dream approach that happens later. Many of the edits that he uses to tell apart between the dream world and reality are quite clever as it's unpredictable when someone is either asleep or awake. The visuals in this are absolutely stunning. A majority of the film uses practical effects including miniatures and models to enhance the dream world with very little CGI used at all and my favorite sequence includes the hotel fight scene that uses some CG, but it's hardly noticeable. The score by Hans Zimmer is truly epic. It's pumping, edge of your seat rhythm is magnificent, especially when the stakes get higher. The performances are all excellent as well. DiCaprio really nails it as Cobb and his character has a really deep and emotional story arc that shows the guilt and motivation of why he goes into these dreams. The themes of guilt is something that Nolan likes to use in almost all of his films as it shows how deep we get into the protagonist's mind and I loved how it was used in this. Joseph Gordan-Levitt also shines as Arthur who does some serious butt-kicking, especially in the dream sequences and he's very reserved in his performance. This also had a great reveal at the end that I won't spoil, but it's something that you have to analyze quite a bit to grasp it's resolution. With that being said, I have little to no flaws. If I had one minor con, it would be that at first it was a bit confusing how one of the main characters is in a dream all of a sudden after we first see them in reality. With the way it was edited, it threw me off, but as it went along, I started to dwell more on the idea of it, and it didn't bother me too much. With that being said, this film was absolutely brilliant. It's one of the best movies of 2010 and I'm going to give Inception a 9.5/10. For those of you who have watched it, what do you think of it? Comment below and I'll see you on my next review.

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