Saturday, July 17, 2010


Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ellen Page,
Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger

"Your Mind is the Scene of the Crime"

Cinema 3, Shang Cineplex

Truth be told, sci-fi action thrillers don't really appeal to my discerning taste in movies. But my sister had an appointment at the nail salon so I thought I might as well kill some time and watch a film. Any film!

I surely don't regret my decision. I was simply blown away by director Christopher Nolan's film where he plunges the audience into the murky and multi-layered depths of the subconscious mind.

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an expert thief with a unique talent. He can enter people’s minds while they are sleeping and steal their ideas. His adept skill is highly in demand in the corporate espionage world. His financially rewarding job though has taken a toll on his personal life. He is a wanted fugitive who can never go home to his wife and kids. One last job could give him his life back if he can accomplish what seems hugely impossible. He and his team of specialists are hired to perform an "Inception". Instead of stealing an idea, they must invade the mind of a business scion and plant an idea.

A highly complicated venture into four levels of dreams, set in very different, and increasingly bizarre worlds, to get to their target’s subconscious to implant the intended idea ensues. There are inevitable obstacles that make the journey through the mind a particularly difficult challenge.

Nolan, who is no stranger to films which explore memory and perception like his debut film "Memento" is in his elements. It is in the execution that Nolan gets to mess with your head. From its mind-bending dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream plot to its way cool special effects, the movie really delivers.

Leonardo DiCarpio leads a cast of highly talented actors. Each of them a worthy pawn in the clever presentation of a well executed and entertaining thriller. Just don't forget to put your thinking cap on or you might get lost within the the dark realms of the subconscious mind!

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