Inception is streaming on Netflix, Cinemax, and TNT and available to rent or purchase from major video distribution platforms.
Runtime: 2h 28min
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb, an expert thief who makes a business of extracting memories and secrets from people while they’re dreaming. For his next job, rather than extract a secret, Cobb is tasked with planting an idea in someone’s head without leaving a trace. Cobb recruits a team of skilled experts, including an architect (Ellen Page), a handy-man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and a con-man (Tom Hardy), among others. As the crew begins their corporate sabotage, ghosts from Cobb’s past haunt their mission.
Nearly ten years after its release, one forgets just how much stuff–good, grand, and some of it very dumb–the movie contains. Not having seen it since its release in theaters, I’d forgotten just how bonkers the movie is. Nolan asks the audience to suspend their disbelief for 2.5 hours and during that timespan created some truly iconic cinematic images: the spinning top, the zero-gravity fight between Gordon-Levitt and goons, and the city folding in on itself.
Inception’s plot is famously convoluted, but at it’s heart it’s a heist movie with a sci-fi premise. And, like many of Nolan’s films, Inception is also a study of a man haunted by his past.
At the time of Inception’s release, there was much debate about the film’s dream logic and the ending. I think trying to decipher coherence in the film’s plot is a fool’s errand. Inception is a heist movie–a grand, messy, and thrilling story about people conning and themselves and others.