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What if your reality wasn't real?
Have you ever been in a dream so real that it was barely distinguishable from reality? How do you know your not in a dream right now? After all, a dream can sometimes become so real, that even our own sub conscious wouldn't realize it. And if a dream could become so real, then what makes our reality any different than that of the dream worlds? It's often said in psychological studies that dreams are gateways deep into a person's mind. Perhaps, the perception of an idea or one's reality is nothing more than as a wise man once said, "A leap of faith." Maybe that's all reality truly is......nothing more than just a leap of faith. Enter into the world of "Inception."
In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job till date, Inception. For years, Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) has specialized in stealing people's most intimate secrets, through dream invasion, for various investors across the globe. However, he faces his biggest challenge yet, when a wealthy investor offers him a job to implant an idea into one of his competitor's minds, to dissolve his company. Something that many of Cobb's colleagues believe is next to impossible, as an idea of true inspiration is almost impossible to forge. If that wasn't enough pressure, as Cobb eloquently says..."An idea is like a virus..it'll either grow to destroy him or define him." Thus, is one of the many moral paradox facing the concept of "Inception."
Something that Nolan not only plays upon a lot in this film, he does so very eloquently. Constantly keeping the viewer in suspense, as the story pulls you in with an intriguing concept right from the get go. Then only to be pulled in even more, as the story becomes less about Cobb merely planting an idea into someone's mind, and more into the deep psychological mind of the main protagonist himself. As he's unable to keep his memories of his ex-wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard), out his dreams. Having the memories of her controversial death constantly haunting his mind, as the viewer soon learns the consequences of how a simple idea can grow to destroy a person with inception. Something so small and insignificant...can lead to something to define the individual completely.
If that wasn't perplexing enough, "Inception" goes over various other concepts of a dream world like the passage of time, for instance. In a dream, five minutes can become an entire hour, as time passes by faster in a dream world. Factor in the concept of dreams within a dream world, then time becomes even more compacted. As the film shows that a person can literally live within a dream like state for almost fifty years, and wake up completely young again as not much time will have passed in the real world. However, when your asleep that long and you've lived fifty years within a dream world, can you possibly still accept the real world as reality? How would one handle it if they were to grow old in a dream world, but only to wake up young again? Would it be easy to accept that the last fifty years wasn't real at all? That it was all nothing more than a mere dream? Such moral paradoxes are one of the many explored by "Inception", as it's one of those rare films that grabs your attention and then throw you in for a loop. Constantly keeping the viewer guessing, as even the most avid movie fanatic won't possibly be able to predict that outcome of this film. Needless to say, I think safe to say that Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in two of the year's best films thus far in "Shutter Island" and "Inception."
Not only does Leonardo DiCaprio give another command performance in this film, he does so with a strong sense of conviction like so many seldom actors do within today's modern cinema. Indeed, a performance worthy of a Oscar nomination. Even the rest of the cast was brilliant in their performances as well. Each actor complimenting each other perfectly, as neither out stages the other. With each character proving to play a pivotal role within this amazingly complex yet interesting story.
As for the special effects in this movie, I can't say enough positive things about it. Unlike most CGI effects movies these days, where the special effects usually distract from a mediocre story line. This film uses the effects to enhance an already great and thought provoking story. As the visuals will seem so realistic and so subtle as they happen, it'll literally tickle your imagination and blow your mind.
"Inception" is hands down one of the best films of this year. Featuring an all star cast that mesh perfectly together. Along with such a powerful story that's enhanced by great visuals, you'll have to see it just to believe it. Like Nolan's other films in the past, "Inception" captures the imagination of the audience and draws them into a deep dark world full of mystery and wonders. Some familiar and some new but regardless, you won't forget about this movie after you've seen it. As the film leaves a lasting imprint on your psyche. Definitely, a must see for any true movie fan out there.