Inception is as much cerebral as it is visual with its labyrinthine storytelling and epic plotting. The idea is the idea, and this summer’s best blockbuster brings it with mind-blowing visuals and thought-provoking situations that will have people talking about this movie for months to come.
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team specialize in corporate thought-jacking. By delving into a person’s subconscious during their sleep, Cobb and crew can populate that person’s mind with environments and events. Streets are filled with projections of people and vaults hold deep hidden secrets that companies will steal for. When Cobb gets an offer he can’t refuse, he’s tasked with doing the near-impossible: implanting a thought into the mind of a mark.
It’s some of the most intelligent movie-making in years. Director Christopher Nolan has spent his career delving into the psychological — Memento played out backwards peeling away the layers of one man’s need to mentally exist. Insomnia dealt with conception and preconception. The Dark Knight put its hero through the wringer to get him to accept and become what the people needed. Inception isn’t just a loud blustery summer blockbuster — it’s heady fare for the masses. The world of Inception is presented as an absolute: The characters lay down the rules and it’s up to the audience to accept them and follow Nolan’s lead through the rabbit hole. If implanting ideas is a crime, Nolan’s public enemy #1.