Movie review – Mental maze of mind twisters

2010-07-30 12:47

Christopher Nolan’s new

thriller pulls off some mind-bending feats.

A decade ago, Nolan’s

Oscar-winning Memento with

Guy Pearce established him as a young filmmaker to keep an eye on.

At just 40, he’s made some

of the best psychological thrillers on celluloid – Insomnia, The

Prestige and now Inception. He also

created a new Batman with Christian Bale, one who explored his dark side.

With Inception, Nolan

­continues to map the mind – this time the infinite expanse of the subconscious

and the world of dreams.

Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) leads a team whose job it is to steal

secrets from the minds of competitors for his corporate ­employers.

The team is

made up of a chemist, who puts the ­subject to sleep; an architect, who builds a

dream world that can be infiltrated by the team; a science guy; and Cobb, who

­extracts the secrets.

When the team is approached

to do something infinitely ­trickier – plant an idea deep in a man’s

subconscious – Cobb is up for the job.

He’s on the run for murder and the

rewards of the job promise him a reprieve.

Inception may

be a blockbuster, but it is not popcorn fodder.

You will need your wits about

you to navigate the mind maze that Nolan (who also wrote the screenplay) has


While everyone else in Tinseltown is bending over backwards to do 3D,

this multidimensional flight of fancy proves a really good film doesn’t need a


With the help of an

incredible special effects team, Nolan ­choreographs sequence after ­sequence of

mind-bending tricks.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, an

art- house favourite, delivers a jaw-dropping fight scene in a hotel corridor,

while Ellen Page of ­Juno fame

exercises her mind to fold Paris in on itself.

Nolan is pitch perfect with

this thought-provoking film that raises more questions than ­answers, and offers

the brain a little training into the bargain.

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