Inception (2010) – reviewed by George

Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) front a team that puts somebody to sleep, then joins them in a dream and extracts information that somebody else, who is paying for this, wants. Cobb’s recently deceased wife Mal (Marion Cotillard) has a habit of showing up in these dreams and making Extraction more difficult. In the first dream shown the subject, Saito (Ken Watanabe), resists because he realizes he is dreaming, due to a mistake on the part of the Architect, Nash (Lukas Haas) – the team member who functions as a set designer for the desired environment of the dream. Saito then blackmails Cobb and the team into taking a job, not of Extraction, but of Inception – planting an idea rather than finding one. Cobb tries to assure Saito that Inception is impossible, but finally agrees to try because Saito can provide something Cobb desperately desires.
Nash is out, so Cobb finds a new Architect, Ariadne (Ellen Page), and then leaves for Mombasa to consult Eames (Tom Hardy). Mombasa is a dangerous place for Cobb, because it it the headquarters of Cobol, who paid him for the failed operation.
The film is amazingly convoluted, but is also extremely exciting. Well worth a look. I especially liked the scene where Joseph Gordon-Levitt fought a guy in a hotel corridor that kept spinning slowly so that “down” was first the left-hand wall, then the ceiling, then the right-hand wall, and then what-do-you-know the floor!
Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan.

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