I’ve been plagued by trailers for the mysterious “Inception” recently. First it was at the IMAX where I got my first, creepy, disturbing look at Christopher Nolan’s baby, and then it was in AD when I saw “Robin Hood” and I think my friend had nightmares from the images it portrayed.
Okay, so what’s the deal with “Inception”? It’s about the infiltration of dreams and how people can manipulate them, and it’s not strictly legal, as Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio admits. It’s a bit of crime and a bit of action/thriller. But it’s all Nolan. Buildings move and shift at will, cities crumble away and seas lap around your feet. Explosions happen, and people can be suspended in air or trapped in tight spaces. Could we really expect anyone other than Nolan, the mastermind behind “The Dark Knight”, “The Prestige” and “Memento”, to pull this off? Nolan’s vision looks as dark as ever but that can only be a good thing. He revitalised the Batman franchise with his dystopian look at the world, and is set to continue his success here.
On a lighter note, this could be the continuation of Little Leo trying to shake off the moniker I just used. Ever since Titanic it’s been a monkey on his back and even though his work with Martin Scorsese and his roles in films like “Blood Diamond” have pretty much cemented his role as a serious actor, it’s hard to get past the fact that he’s Leonardo DiCaprio, or Jack. It’s probably a bit cruel, since I love his performances in “Gangs of New York” and “The Departed” but it’s true: “Titanic” made his name, and that name will stay with him. Poor thing. At least we can continue to take him seriously in this dark flick when it comes out (and when is that, exactly? I haven’t figured out if it’s going to be sooner rather than later!)