In a plan to go home and see his children skilled thief Cobb (Di Caprio) must plant an idea in a young man's mind but he is forever troubled by his memories of his wife.
Ever since the release of The Dark Knight a few years ago many have wondered what Chris Nolan's next step would be and after months of speculation and a glorious viral marketing scheme we have arguably one of the greatest mind twisters of all time.
Like his backwards mind twister Memento ten years ago the British director gives us viewers another splendid treat with a psychological story that uses stunning directional action sequences, perfect casting and some mouth watering scenery to surely make Inception film of the year material.
Leo Di Caprio who many praised after his performance in Shutter Island earlier this year manages to stabilise the film's deeper darker moments through a clever thought out performance. His character Cobb has had trouble with the past and his memories. His clever mind at the analysing and interpretation of dreams expands further and engages audiences into a whole realm of possibilities. Cobb is a wonderful professional but an imaginative troubled soul and this gives the story a great balance against the heavy action sequences.
Not since the Matrix has action ever been this cool. There are too many unique moments to summarize here but one worthy mention is when the city starts to turn in on itself and Ellen Page and Di Caprio are stood in awe as you shall be by the sheer handling of this perfect sci-fi sequence by Nolan. From rainy car chases to corridor fights to a heist in the snowy mountains the adrenaline never stops pumping and if you like your Bonds, Bourne's and Indian Jones's you will think Christmas has come early.
Further to the central masterstroke by the Titanic star Nolan has brought in a wealth of experience and rising stars for his film.
Michael Caine whilst only fleetingly stars is brilliant, Marion Cotillard will sooner sprout wings than give a bad performance but even this is exceptionally good for her. Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon Levitt have both been rising quickly these last few years and in their respective roles both are memorable but Levitt excels through some fine balancing of seriousness professional and adding a dash of comedy styling to.
Nolan again picks up the action with a great subtle soundtrack that is always perfect in capturing the moment. But his wide sweeping variety of scenery and action montages, the back and forth settings are staggering.
Hopefully this film will be watched time and time again for its story as it truly boggles the mind as it explores the fabrications of reality and how we dream, think, feel, suffer and explicate the human race. For one I would strongly recommend watching this to have your mind well and truly warped.
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