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Review: Inception

movie reviews Updated: Jul 17, 2010 19:33 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
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Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard
Direction: Christopher Nolan
Rating: ****

It’s a brain-bender, all right. One of the more audacious narrative experiments since his own Memento (2000), writer-director Nolan’s seventh feature is every bit as intelligent as it is gripping.

DicaprioFor starters, consider the concept. A hi-tech security consultant (DiCaprio) has devised a contraption that allows him to sneak into people’s dreams and extract vital corporate secrets. To complicate matters, his own subconscious is haunted by the figure of his late wife (Cotillard) and their two young children. Moreover, his new mission is fraught with danger as it involves planting an idea in the target’s mind instead of merely pilfering one.

Assembling a crack team, the ‘dream thief’ sends them (and us) down the proverbial rabbit hole where nothing is as it seems.

Needless to say, Inception forever confounds the viewer’s expectations. Leaving little doubt as to his talent as a story teller, Nolan demands our undivided attention. A cross between the James Bond adventures, and a Matrix-ish jigsaw thriller, the outcome is nerve-wracking till the very last frame.

The film is given a further boost not only from Leonardo DiCaprio’s persuasive performance but from the imaginative set designs, gravity-defying stunts and a pulse-pounding musical score by Hans Zimmer.

Inception is recommended whole-heartedly for those with a taste for encounters of the skittish sort.