(Note: After seeing the film a second time today, there are a variety of topics I wanted to touch on...this is the update to my original post...)
Roll on Summer...roll it along, keep those movies comin' all night long!
I have been counting down the days to Inception for a long time. I have consumed Christopher Nolan for years. He hooked me with Memento and has yet to disappoint. That says a lot for a director and there are few others that can lay that claim. I even love Insomnia, which is partly nostalgia for me since I spent around six years of my life unable to sleep.
For Inception, I have been involved with the debates over whether this movie would be James Bond, The Matrix, or Dark City...and thank you Christopher Nolan, for you have given us a piece of each of them and combined it into something great.
We already know that America bought in...as of this writing, the weekend take is $60.4 million with the closest competitor Despicable Me at $32.7 million. I am sad to report that The Sorcerer's Apprentice did relatively poorly and in nearly a week in the theater, has managed to pull in a meager $24.5 million. See my previous post but it seems that I am sentenced to spend my life as a Sorcerer's Apprentice apologist! I will tell you that with some quick math, I was able to figure my two IMAX trips to the theaters means that I am 0.00000465% responsible for the big take. Your welcome Mr. Nolan! But speaking of America as a whole buying in...INCEPTION IS CURRENTLY (as of this writing) RANKED #3 ON IMDB!!! Wow!
Inception is Christopher Nolan's seventh feature length directorial effort and serves as the 'tweener before “Untitled Chris Nolan/Batman 3” starts rolling much like The Prestige did between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Of Nolan's seven features, only Insomnia and his first flick (Following) are unranked on IMDB (but still both are still rated in the 7's). Of everything he Nolan has done, there isn't a single work you can select and call even mediocre! BOTTOM LINE: Christopher Nolan has his stuff together.
Christopher along with his brother Jonathan, or Jonah, as he is known are in the company of such names as Coen and Wachowski as far as great sibling pairs that create genuine masterpieces! Steven, Pam...if you are reading this, maybe we could hook up on a project, see if together we have the filmmaking touch that apart we don't seem to have tapped? Let me know, we'll do lunch!
The story in Inception follows Leonardo DiCaprio's Cobb, who is an expert in a (insert smooth DiCaprio voice here) "very specific kind of security." Cobb and his team infiltrate and steal secrets from the dreams of their marks. They are hired by corporations or anyone that needs information and they are the best. Cobb's team consists first of just Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), but they quickly add to their cadre, including Ariadne (Ellen Page), Eames (Tom Hardy), Yusef (Dileep Rao), and Saito (Ken Watanabe). I will say I loved Tom Hardy's performance and that Tom Berenger, yep...Mr. Jake Taylor himself, plays a great cameo role as Uncle Peter to the primary mark, Robert Fischer Jr., played by Cillian Murphy. A variety of other recognizable players will be seen in this soon to be classic, including Sir Michael Caine, a Nolan staple from his last few films.
Of note, you must have realized that I have failed to mention Marion Cotillard, who plays a prominent role in this movie, but I don't want to reveal to much about her character. That she is in it is apparent from the trailers and the posters, but we will leave it at she is as striking as ever and you will learn the rest when you check out the flick.
Ariadne represents the greenery of the flick...the newbie to the concept of dream sharing. She is brought in as an architect, the member of the team who constructs the world of the dream. My friend Mike W brings up a great point in that her role was far under realized. Nolan does a great job of showing the intricacies of the concept of intruding into the dreams of others, but given Ariadne's newness, we don't ever get to see how she adapts to such a radical concept, but instead, we just see her as she is introduced, and then shortly after, it is like she has been doing this for years.