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Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger and Michael Caine
Written & Directed by Christopher Nolan
Rental Blu-ray Disc Release Date: 1 January 2011
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All I needed to know about Inception was that it was the next movie from Christopher Nolan and I wanted to see it. My wife, however, waited until it was out of theaters to confess that she did not, in fact, want to see it. Had I known this tidbit of information, I would have simply gone to see it on a day she was working or otherwise engaged. Alas, I had to wait until it hit Blu-ray. There's a valuable lesson in here somewhere for you couples about communicating honest levels of interest in movies.
The marketing of Inception presented it as a cerebral head trip the likes of which we have never before seen. Remember when James Bond realized that Goldfinger's elaborate plan was nothing more than a simple heist? I had the same epiphany watching Inception. Just like Goldfinger, the plan here isn't to steal a thing; rather, Cobb (DiCaprio) and his team have been hired to implant an idea in the mind of Robert Fischer (Murphy). This will be accomplished by entering into a dream state in which Cobb and his team will engage Fischer and sneak the idea into a level of his brain so deep that he will accept the idea as his own.
It's a lot like Ocean's Eleven, except that it forgets to have fun. A subplot involving Cobb and his wife (Cotillard) should resonate with us as viewers. We know this because DiCaprio becomes demonstrably upset, even crying. And yet, at no point was I upset, or emotionally invested in any of these characters. I admire Christopher Nolan for his skill at crafting large scale stories, but his Achilles heel as a storyteller is that he's all head and no heart. Once I realized the simplicity of Inception's premise, I was hopeful for at least some of the provocative social allegories that made The Dark Knight so brilliant. There was, unfortunately, none to found save a bluntly delivered message about how escapism is unhealthy.
I wanted to respond favorably to Inception, I really did. The best I can say is that it's a competent film that looks great. The cast is great, in consideration of the fact that none of them were really given characters designed to show much growth over the course of the film and that they aren't used to reach us emotionally. Hans Zimmer's score is serviceable, but its monotony only contributes to the sterile aesthetic of the film.
Many were surprised--even angered--by Nolan not being nominated for Directing while Inception is among the ten Best Picture nominees. I don't know what Nolan's thoughts about this are, but if it matters to him at all, my advice would be to make an effort next time to reach our hearts. Art can be cerebral, but it's only when we care about it that it matters.
The rental version, released by Warner Bros. after the retail version, includes no bonus content so I cannot speak to any of the supplemental material that you will find should you purchase Inception to add to your library.