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Inception: Movie Review

Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Michael Caine
Released by: Warner Bros. Pictures

In Short: Visually astonishing and intellectually challenging, “Inception” is a movie that will leave you breathless and wondering—and wanting to see it all over again.

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“Inception” Keeps You Guessing

"Inception” is a fascinating movie. The talented Christopher Nolan, whose previous films as writer/director include the classic “Memento,” “The Prestige,” “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” this time around takes on our dreams.

Imagine a world where someone else can enter into your dreams, literally coming into your head and joining you as you create the worlds, people and situations that spring from your deepest subconscious. That’s the basic idea of “Inception,” with a complicated story that centers on Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a man who is so adept at entering and manipulating other people’s dreams that he is an in-demand player in the world of corporate espionage. For once when he gets inside your dreams, he can worm out all of your deepest secrets.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Inception Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception

Nolan’s film weaves an intricate web, and one that is best viewed without too much plot information beforehand. Suffice it to say that the talented auteur has created an enthralling world, populated by characters played by some of the top actors working today, including Oscar winners Marion Cotillard and Michael Caine, and Oscar nominees Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Tom Berenger and Pete Postlethwaite.

All that talent combines with some seriously eye-popping visuals and action sequences into a powerful cinematic experience. It’s the kind of movie (much like “Memento,” Nolan’s first big hit) you want to immediately see again, in order to dive back into the incredible dream world that Nolan has created.


Reviewed by Jenny Peters

(Updated 07/16/10 CT)

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