Friday, 13 August 2010


....Once or twice a year a film comes along on a wave of hype. This is one, but in addition, the hype has been increasing with each passing week. It shows no sign of abating, as our sold out performance at the Rich Mix on Wednesday is testimony to.

Christopher Nolan has both written and directed this feature, an incredible feat when you consider how mind bendingly complex the plot is and then how well and absorbingly he is able to realise it. The general, (non spoiler), plot is as follows: Inception is a psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) doesn't steal things, he steals ideas.

By projecting himself deep into the subconscious of his targets, he can glean information that even the best computer hackers can't get to. In the world of corporate espionage, Cobb is the ultimate weapon. But even weapons have their weakness, and when Cobb loses everything, he's forced to embark on one final mission in a desperate quest for redemption. This time, Cobb won't be harvesting an idea, but sowing one. Should he and his team of specialists succeed, they will have discovered a new frontier in the art of psychic espionage.

They've planned everything to perfection, and they have all the tools to get the job done. Their mission is complicated, however, by the sudden appearance of a malevolent foe that seems to know exactly what they're up to, and precisely how to stop them.

I thought it was a fantastic film, but it is difficult not to be slightly underwhelmed when the film had been hyped so much. (This is obviously no fault of the film itself). The cast are superb - in both their stature, but more importantly, performance. Nearly all of them top my favourites list. It's part Bond, part sci-fi Kubrick, very Hollywood and well worth a watch. A film that provokes you to engage and think about what you're watching is always ultimately more rewarding. I think it is also a film that would benefit from a second watch - giving you the opportunity to find new little 'isms' that might have been missed first time around. For example, Edith Piaf's song Je Ne Regrette Rien is used recognisably throughout the film, but it is also cut, pasted and slowed down to create the haunting, thumping, suspense score that accompanies large parts of the film.

I thoroughly recommend the film - different to any I have watched recently, big, bold and intelligent with it. Go.

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