Victoria Jelinek


Spy-for-hire Dom Cobb (Leonardo Dicaprio) steals ideas in dreams for corporate espionage. Then he’s hired to achieve the ‘impossible’ of planting an idea in the mind of a target, an “inception.”

This film is about life and death and what might be there in between. It’s a huge-event film that is also about grief, faith, and the desire for an after-life so that we can be reunited with those we love and have lost. But Director Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) doesn’t tell us exactly what this film is about and this isn’t a sombre meditation on existentialism. Once again Nolan manages to combine an incredibly cerebral and imaginative concept with blazing gun battles, zero-gravity-fist-fights, and sexy stars.

Like any truly convincing science-fiction, there are rules and boundaries that can’t be broken – but in this film, the boundaries are pretty expansive, as they’re the limits of each character’s imagination. Dicaprio is amazing in this role – he shows a depth of feeling here that appears effortless and entirely anchors the whole film. You’re not aware of Dicaprio the actor, you believe him as the character of Cobb.

This film is gigantic in scale and style – you’re on the edge of your seat for the entire 2.5 hours. The themes are there to be explored (pay attention), but you can just as well sit back and enjoy the glorious spectacle of this thunderous action-packed, heart-wringing original of a film.

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