by Tony Medley
Run Time 147 Minutes
OK for children.
What a cast!! Leonardo
DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Cillian
Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine, to name just a
few. They are involved in an intricate science-fiction story written and
directed by Christopher Nolan, who made the most accomplished Batman
movie, The Dark Knight.
Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) is a
thief who steal secrets from people by invading their dreams. He’s now a
fugitive and is given one last chance at redemption by inserting
an idea into Robert Fisher’s (Cillian Murphy) head instead of stealing
something from it.
The complex idea upon which
the film is based is that people can share dreams. So Dom gets a team of
people to share Fisher’s dream to insert an idea into his head. It’s an
ingenious idea, but also absurd, as are most ideas upon which science
fiction is based (“Beam me up, Scotty”). However, much of Jules Verne’s
fiction that might have seemed preposterous a century ago turned out to
be not only possible, but came true. So did Dick Tracy’s wrist radio
that bore fruition in the cell phone.
In order to get into this
tale, one must concentrate because the first hour is setting up what the
characters are going to do and if you don’t get it, the film won’t make
any sense. Nolan accomplishes this extremely well, so that the stuff
that goes on in the last half does make sense if you suspend your
disbelief enough, which was easy enough for me to do.
Nolan keeps the pace up and
he gets top performances by everyone. It would be unfair to single
anybody out, but without DiCaprio’s believable performance, the movie
wouldn’t make it. Cotillard, as DiCaprio’s wife, is gorgeously
inscrutable, adding yet another level of mystery to what’s going on.
This was a very expensive
movie to film. In addition to the salaries of the A-list cast, it was
filmed all over the world, in six countries on four continents.