Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tome Hardy, Michael Caine and a whole fuck load of other people too.
Synopsis: A mind-melding crime caper in which a team of sexy, sexy architects enter into other peoples’ dreams to steal and plant information and ideas.
God damn, this is a sexy movie! There’s just something so erotic about architecture and espionage and tailored suits. It doesn’t matter what your personal tastes are because they will be featured in this movie. You like sexy young men in suits? It’s got JGL kicking ass wearing a three-piece suit in a fight scene that can only be described as boner-inducing. You like rich-looking older Japanese business men who will take care of you? It’s got sugar daddy Ken Watanabe. You like sexually ambiguous posh British men with a bit of a rough-trade side? It’s got Tom Hardy in a suit with a gun flirting with all kinds of man candy. You like women? I guess it’s got that somewhere too. When watching this movie, I spent the whole two and a half hours slack-jawed and practically drooling. Don’t let the party in your pants distract you too much though, because Inception is one of the better sci-fi movies released in the past few years and it really deserves your attention.
Sexiness aside, Inception successfully manages to tread that fine line between ridiculousness and believability that is so common in sci-fi. This is no easy feat considering that the film is dealing with a fanciful subject matter but Nolan really delivers an end product that exudes style, sophistication, and credibility. Admittedly, the plot becomes very complex towards the end and you really have to concentrate to understand whose dream you’re in and at what level it is but that’s where everybody’s favorite herb comes in! I mean, I’m pretty sure I understood what was going on but when I watched The Bodyguard high I thought it was a movie about Michael Jackson so maybe I’m not the best person to trust on this. Essentially, Inception takes a similar route as Satoshi Kon’s Paprika (which I reviewed earlier and which I love) but it twists the story into an intricate game of espionage as opposed to the mind-fuckery that occurred in Paprika. It’s pulled off masterfully and the writers should be very proud that they managed to tweak an already brilliant concept and make something new and exciting.
It’s not just the writers that deserve praise though as the visual elements of the film are stellar also. The term used to describe these dream infiltrators (architect) is surprisingly appropriate and the cinematography and art direction really has a structured and geometric feel to it, adding an astounding level of detail. Some of the scenes are so positively mind-bending that watching them high almost seems like as requirement. The zero-gravity fight scene/man-on-man wrestle-fest with JGL was absolutely astonishing (and something taken out of my most perverse fantasies) as was the scene where Ellen Paige is learning the ropes in Paris (I have no fantasy of that though).
It’s hard to say whether this is a film that will withstand the test of time in the way that both Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey have done but it’s a definite contender. The acting is solid, the story is intriguing, and the visuals are titillating. I personally think that in a few years this will be considered a classic and one day in the distant future we’ll be going to special screenings at cool independent theaters…but get a personal DVD copy also for special alone time because I know quite a few cinemas that frown upon touching yourself during the movie. No-one would blame me though. This movie is like entrapment; sexy entrapment…not the kind with Sean Connery and Catharine Zeta Jones Douglas.
- JGL fighting and killing a man while wearing a suit in a topsy-turvy zero-gravity hallway??? I think I just made my o-face.
- The Tom Hardy/JGL flirtation…o-face once again.
- Architecture porn all the way through the movie.
- Complex plot that leaves you with a hanging questions. Was he still in the dream?
- Thinking what my totem would be. I think I would go for a die that always lands on 1 or something like that.
- Pete Postlethwaite. It’s so sad he’s not around anymore.
- I thought the ski-bunker dream level was a bit of a cop-out considering how awesome the other levels were.
- ELLEN PAGE, GET YOUR MEATHOOKS OFF OF JGL!!!!
If you’re having a stressful day and you want something to get lost in then this is a great choice. It’s a long movie but every minute is a pleasure to watch. You’ll definitely want to watch this film with a strain that will give you a cerebral high to make the most of the trippy shit. I enjoyed watching this on my own but that’s because no-one was there to judge me when I made inappropriate noises what with all the man candy (in the words of Fergalicious: “t-t-t-t-t-tasty tasty”). If you’re lucky enough to have someone hot to watch this with then fuck you and I hate you. Seriously, though it could be a really hot stay at home date but make sure you dress up for it. No snuggies because there’s nothing sexy about that.