In the golden age of the crappy, Hollywood remake, Christopher Nolan's Inception is a refreshing breath of air, a film that is both original and innovative, sticking out among the rest
The universe of Inception is one that is timeless, although it feels that it could be in the not too distant future. This appeals to me personally, as the story feels somewhat familiar, and doesn't require flashy vehicles, highly stylized wardrobe, or complex, technological societies. Like Tony Scott's Deja Vu, it falls under the category of what I call "real sci-fi", where elements in the story feel as though they are achievable in today's society. The universe of Inception is complicated in its own right, though simple enough to understand, if you follow it close enough. This is not a film that you want to go away from and come back to. And believe me, you won't want to.
Visually, this is the most CGI used by Chris Nolan in any of his films. And again, he utilizes the CGI where it is most necessary, in the dream sequences. Even then, its usage still feels to be at a bare minimum, drawing the viewer into the dream world more effectively. However, the best visuals were not achieved by CGI, but done realistically. Had it been any other director, I feel most of the visuals would have been attempted and achieved through CGI, but Chris Nolan keeps the movie real, giving the viewers true visual spectacle.
Chris Nolan, once again, proves his effectiveness as a writer in this film, giving a story that is mostly character driven. Though the visuals, set design, etc. are mesmerizing, the biggest investment from the viewer will be with the characters, namely Dom Cobb, masterfully rendered by Leonardo DiCaprio. When entering the main dream sequence, I wasn't anticipating it because of the potential for visual spectacle, but because Cobb's story was so emotionally captivating. Chris Nolan takes his time fleshing out Cobb's character over the span of the film, so the viewer doesn't come to know and understand everything about Cobb until the very end, a perfect end I must say. The supporting cast is phenomenal, providing characters that feel completely knowledgable and believable. Two thumbs up for Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy.
In the golden age of the crappy, Hollywood remake, Christopher Nolan's Inception is a refreshing breath of air, a film that is both original and innovative, sticking out among the rest. Inception provides anything and everything that anyone can enjoy from a truly captivating film: action, suspense, great visuals (CG or not), romance/love, tragedy, the quest for redemption, etc. All of these elements are perfectly mixed in and translated into a universe rarely seen onscreen, providing a worth-while story for anyone to view and enjoy over, and over, and over again.