Well, Inception is amazing. I think you all know that. It’s got the odds in its favor right from the get go because of its ingenious premise. A heist movie, where the prize is information, and the high security facility is a mans mind. The way in: his dreams, the time when his mind wanders, and isn’t on alert. Throw in a score from Hans Zimmer, Chris Nolan’s cast that he seems to keep on retainder, and some mind-blowing visual effects, and you’ve got a prestige film that’s also a blockbuster.
In a way, Inception is kind of the anti-blockbuster. The plot is presented to us the same way ridiculous stories about alien invasions and world dominations are, but this time it’s actually an intelligent premise, and a contained one at that since most of the story takes place inside of a man’s subconscious. The action is there for entertainment’s sake just as much as any tentpole film, but every fight scene is brutally intelligent. Each facet of the mission affects the next, so as something happens in a car chase in one level, like a character flipping upside down, something crazy happens in the level beneath it, like a hotel hallway rotating accordingly.
Inception only has an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes but I think its almost a perfect movie, in that there is no aspect of it that drags. Every single component of the film, be it the snappy dialogue, the complex characters, or even following along with the logic of the film, this is a piece of art that is designed to engage and stimulate the senses at every turn. As Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is probably the most exemplary of his propensity for films that are simultaneously marketable, and capable of receiving serious critical consideration, he has been nominated for Best Picture. Personally, I don’t see it happening, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Nolan finally gets what he deserves.
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