Nolan’s ‘Inception’ laid groundwork for action movies


In 2010, Christopher Nolan proved that sci-fi could be thought provoking, with his now known, modern classic, “Inception.”

The film introduces the idea of manipulating people through their dreams, yet portrays the concept less as a futuristic film and more of a skit-based action drama all connected in an almost rushed fashion. However, calling this movie rushed is far from true considering its pacing is flawless and the tension of each character rises as one linear story. The dream layers seem realistic but the impressive part about the film is that it is able to give the audience a set of rules to introduce the “world” and throughout all the plot’s twist and turns, never once is a single one of these “rules” broken. This is what separates the film from the run of the mill concept art movie.

The film excels in its storytelling. One could argue that for any screenplay Nolan has written except for “Man of Steel,” but that does not make the fact any less true. Not a single character in the story is one-note and any non realistic moment in the non dream sequences can be fixed with one simple reason; “Money fixes anything.” You can tell this man directed the Dark Knight Trilogy just seeing the similar way money is used to fix otherwise gaping plot holes. That being said I would like to take and explain the ending; the top falls.

The whole selling point of this film is to show you how awe inspiring it is, without being total nonsense like films such as “Rubber.” The ending of this film was the final hat trick pulling of the infamous ambiguous ending. However on careful inspection the ending isn’t ambiguous at all the math is correct, all the people return on the plane, none of the main characters actually die. The end really feels like a publicity stunt after carefully analysis of the film as a whole. However like I said in the first sentence, you really can’t fault the final scene because the whole movie strives to inspire and confuse you threw foreign concepts about shared experience dream travel.

The film is not perfect, in fact far from it. The Joseph Gordon Levitt Scene in the zero gravity hotel is the most heard complaint about this film. This is because the total time in the scenes he’s in at that moment are far longer than the time given to film by the drop into the water by the first dream layer. That part doesn’t bother me as much as its cliche of using a scene from the end of the movie as the first scene only to go to the next scene in a similar style room generated by a completely different dream and dream layer. This is the only time in the film that it blatantly confuses the audience without teaching the audience about the “world.” The relationship between the inception “team” seemed similar to that of Ocean’s Twelve in the fact that there could’ve been a lot more character development. The B plot of Mal, played by Marion Cotillard wove nicely with the main story however her story line is predictable, once you know of her death, and seems almost forced prior to that knowledge.

This is definitely one of the better films of 2010, and it wasn’t surprising to see the love for this film. Leonardo DiCaprio plays his best role here and keeps the audience interested the whole two and a half hours of runtime. The film has a bad tendency to either explain itself too much for the sake of not losing audiences in one scene only to explain nothing for the sake of a twist in another scene. However this method of storytelling hit several home runs showing off that this a film of high art as well as one for the audience.

John Keusenkothen is a senior at St. Thomas and is the resident movie expert of The Eagle. Keusenkothen will answer any question about movies unless one asks him what his favorite is. His favorite holiday is National Nothing Day, (January 16th) and his favorite role model is himself. Approach with caution and possibly with chocolate milk.