Thursday, July 22, 2010

Amy's Thoughts On... Inception


Christopher Nolan is a man that needs to be watched. Unfortunately I only learnt this after seeing Batman Begins. Many were already watching him after he directed Memento (which, I reluctantly and regrettably admit, I still haven't seen). Hell, he brought back Batman after Joel Schumacher fucked it up! He also has that knack of casting the right people in the right roles (Heath Ledger anyone?), so when one makes a film that grosses over $1 Billion at the Box Office, what do you do? You tell him to do whatever the hell he wants...


So here we have Inception. A film that looks at dreams. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a dude with skills that lets him steal information that are in people's minds... by entering their dreams. But then some rich dude asks him to do something deemed impossible: plant an idea in the mind... Inception. If he succeeds, he gets to go home to his children. After a century of movie-making, countless (and, more often than not, unnecessary) remakes and re-imaginings you would think that Hollywood has run out of ideas. Well Mr Nolan certainly hasn't!

It is a film that throws exposition out of the window, except when training up an architecture student (played by Ellen Page) and asks you to continually keep up. So whose mind are we entering now? How many dreams are in this dream? How the hell do we get out? It is a "summer blockbuster" like no other. Instead of mindless fun (like Prince of Persia) we a film that treats it's audience like the intelligent beings we are. There are scenes that just give you goosebumps that stay with you long after you have gotten home and made your relaxing cup of tea. remember how The Matrix stayed with you? And how awe-inspiring that dodge-the-bullets scene was? Well Inception now fills that mould pretty damn well. And the equivalent scene? Think a corridor that changes it's gravity flow...


It is easily the best film of the year so far. A two and a half hour mind fuck that doesn't slow down for you to think. And when you think it does it just throws you back into the mind fuck (sorry about the language Mum :D). It has the most amazing cast. DiCaprio has given us two performances in a lifetime in one year (show-off!) and Tom Hardy provides the film's laughs. But, in my opinion, the shining star of the film is Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It has nothing to do with him amazingly good looks... honestly! And it never hurts to have Michael Caine blowing the bloody doors off (stop wincing!).  And Cillian Murphy is always a pleasure to watch!


This film will stay with you. Not just for it's mind stuff but also with it's ending. The whole packed cinema screening I was at had the exact unanimous reaction when it ended. The ended will (and probably is at this very moment) filling endless internet forums with arguments about now just the ending but the whole film. If they make a sequel, I will not be happy. Even if it is Nolan doing it. It is a lot to top.

So the official Amezzeray Top-Tip is... SEE THIS MOVIE NOW. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.

That is all...