Sunday, 22 August 2010
Christopher Nolan is that rare director who manages to grip the high-brow (intelligentsia) as well as the low-brow (popcorn churners) with elan. And Inception couldn’t really have been made by anyone but him. One of the smartest thrillers to have hit the screen in recent times, the film has managed to combine mindbender of a plot (a Nolan specialty really), breathtaking narrative speed, and stunning visual effects, into a scintillating and ingenious package. Leonardo Di Caprio, fresh out of his terrific and psychologically complex turn in Shutter Island, is once again attention-worthy as he goes about stealing ideas from people’s dreams, though he himself is trapped in an unrelenting memory warp. So when he is offered the audacious task of implanting an idea into a billionaire’s mind, it gives him the chance for retribution like nothing else. As he, along with his team, moves from one dream layer to another, we are served a plethora of spectacular moment, leaving us dazed and agape with wonderment. Though it might not be as devilishly brilliant as his earlier Memento, it sure is an extremely compelling piece of work that engages both viscerally and intellectually.
Director: Christopher Nolan