Running Time (minutes): 148
Description: Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back, but only if he can accomplish the impossible- inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page
Genres: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
This is the third time I’ve watched it and I still really like it, though there are some minor ‘plot holes’:
1. How on earth can Arthur forget to check whether Fischer’s subconscious has been militarised? That’s just not credible.
2. Everyone clearly knows Cobb’s having some serious problems, but they follow him blindly nevertheless and only ask questions when it’s too late.
3. When Fischer gets killed in level 3, why does Cobb need Ariadne to remind him he can still go after him in Limbo? He’s been doing this stuff for years.
4. How is Fischer not going to remember anything from these wild dreams?
5. Finally, it seems absurd that Cobb, Fischer and Saito will be able to lead normal lives again after having been stuck in Limbo for so long.
Other than that, great film. Tom Hardy is as good as always, the hotel room scene still moved me, but I somehow had the impression that Watanabe’s English speaking skills had deteriorated since The Last Samurai. Also, in the hotel, Cobb says, “Do you feel that?” twice to Fischer.
Hans Zimmer’s score is still one of my favourites. Finally, he tried something new. I love the fact that some instruments almost make you drift to sleep. My only problem with the score is that the meaning of the ‘totem theme’ still isn’t clear to me because it’s used liberally throughout the entire movie, or maybe that’s just Zimmer showing off with his themes (which are great). Some chase material did cause some unwelcome associations with the Lannister theme from Game of Thrones and I absolutely hate those abrupt brass ‘stingers’, but there are some great moments to be found here, including the van pursuit music and even an ambient cue that accompanies a conversation about breaking into someone’s mind.
The sound mix is too heavily focused on the front speakers and if anyone can help me find a way to remove all that annoying rumbling from today’s blockbusters, please come forward. Even if I activate all the ‘remove low frequencies’ settings, lots of things still sound like earthquakes.
The ending is also quite ambivalent, audio description-wise. The narrator says the totem keeps spinning, while lots of other people have told me it definitely stops moving.