Really all that needs to be said about Inception is "Just gosee it, you fools! You fools!"
But I do enjoy blathering, so it is now time for the gushing praise.
The problem with expressing love is it can raise expectations toimpossible levels. If I tell you the curry you're about to eat is themost delicious thing in the history of adding heat to food, you'llinevitably find it disappointed compared to that time you atebutter-friend lobster bacon offered up by Poseidon and cooked byJesus. (No, not that one. Jesus Renard-Liang, cosmopolitan chefextraordinaire.)
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When you really love something, though, sometimes you can't shut upabout it until everyone who knows you starts complaining bitterlybehind your back, and finally someone gets drunk enough to confrontyou but they're bigger than you, so you back down and look like a wussin front of that hot girl with the glasses. At times like that, allyou can do is turn to Herman Blog's famous invention and go telleveryone on the Internet instead. All I can do to prevent myself fromoverhyping Inception is to emphasize this is my personalreaction. If your own response isn't as intense, it's not a big deal.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are dream thieves, paid toinfiltrate sleepers' minds to steal their ideas and secrets. After abotched job puts them on the run from a violent corporation,businessman Ken Watanabe offers to protect them in exchange for theirservices.
Problem is, Watanabe doesn't want them to steal an idea from rivalCillian Murphy's subconscious, he wants them to plant one.Inception is regarded as impossible, but DiCaprio and Gordon-Levittmay have the team to make it possible.
I haven't seen a movie this good since The Departed, and I loveThe Departed as if it had rescued me from the yawping barbarianwho'd just killed my parents and was about to sell me to thespider-people of Amun-Gith. Writer/director Christopher Nolan has beenall successful and such for long enough that us internet people areduty-bound to turn on him at some point — but Inception isn'tthat point.
Inception is a well-oiled machine that is fueled byunbelievable ambition and produces grade-A awesome. Dream movies tendto be garbage because of a lack of rules or consequences (Oh no, thedragon's eating me! Wait, I woke up and my only problem is thesesweaty sheets). Also, there's never as much nudity as in real dreams.
But the laws and logic of Inception are well-conceived,well-explained, and internally consistent. When strange things happen,you understand why — and what it means for the characters. Explainingall this should have taken an infodump of such massive proportions itwould shut down the infosewers for a week, but Nolan weaves hisexposition into the story through cunning writing and a cast sotalented they could read the word "boring" for 16 hours and you'dstill fall in love with at least one of them.
With his world established, Nolan puts himself in position to pull offwhat's among the wildest, boldest heists (or reverse heists, really)in movie history, an extended, nested sequence that should have beenharder to pull off than the wart on your foot.
I've never seen anything like it. The technical mastery here isbrain-dumbing. Even one of the biggest complaints about Nolan — thathis action sequences are clumsy and hard to follow — has beenaddressed, as he's gotten better at keeping his actors in the frame.
All the while you're lost in a gorgeous, imaginative dreamland that'severy bit as vivid as the worlds you see in your sleep. I can'tguarantee you'll love Inception as much as I do. Honestly, thatwould be pretty hard. For me, this is the type of film that only comesalong once or twice a decade.