by Allie Vasserman
April 14, 2020
While in quarantine, I have spent some time with my family watching movies that I haven’t had the opportunity to watch before. I recently saw Inception, a movie that came out in 2010. Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur, Ellen Page as Ariadne, Tom Hardy as Eames, Ken Watanabe as Saito, and Marion Cotillard as Mal. The director of the movie, Christopher Nolan, did an amazing job.
Inception is a heist movie in which a group of people are hired to perform a possibly illegal task. The movie takes place in a time that is similar to today but has technology that allows people to enter and share others’ dreams. I don’t want to reveal too much more, because the best way to see this movie is to know as little about the plot as possible.
The protagonists who are hired to complete the heist assemble a team, plan for the job, and then execute it. Even though the team is likely committing a crime, we feel that they are doing it for a good reason. We root for them and want them to succeed. We especially hope that Leonardo DiCaprio’s Dom Cobb is successful because the outcome of this heist decides whether he can go home to his family.
One of the things that I really like about this movie is its well-filmed scenes. The fight scenes are amazing. My favorite is the rotating hallway fight scene, which has great choreography and even involves a spinning wind tunnel. Another scene that is filmed well is one in which Ellen Page’s Ariadne becomes a member of the heist team. Christopher Nolan has her experiment to get a feel for the nature of her job on the team. The special effects are amazing, and the scene is shot without the use of CGI, or computer-generated imagery, being obvious. Christopher Nolan’s writing and directing are compelling. He crafts an original story that is not a remake or sequel of another movie. The actors do a great job of playing well-developed and interesting characters.
Christopher Nolan included some Easter eggs in Inception, such as the character Ariadne’s name. In Greek mythology, Ariadne is a Cretan princess. She is associated with mazes and labyrinths because of her involvement in the myth of the Minotaur and Theseus. Those who are familiar with Greek myths will draw a connection between Inception’s Ariadne and the mythical Ariadne.
The final scene of Inception is emotional and uncertain. The director wants the audience to speculate about what actually happened at the end. When you see this movie with someone, you are going to want to discuss what the ending means.
I recommend watching this amazing movie with your family. The ending can spark a lively debate.