Sorry for slacking on my posts. I'm blaming it on summer and wedding planning. This weekend I saw the much-anticipated Inception. In a word, it was AWESOME! I don't even know how writer/director Christopher Nolan came up with this idea - it's pure genius.
Leonardo DiCaprio is perfection as Cobb, a dream extractor. What in the world is a dream extractor, you say? Cobb and his team, which includes Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), are hired by corporations to steal ideas from their competitors through their dreams. It's never made 100% clear how they manage to do this, but it involves hooking everyone up to a briefcase computer of some sort.
Cobb has been accused of killing his wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard), and is forced to flee the country to take on a new job with the promise of getting his life back. He's hired by Saito (Ken Watanabe) to plant an idea in the new benefactor Robert's (Cillian Murphy - refreshing to see him not play a villain for a change) head.
Miles (Michael Caine) helps him find a new dream architect for his team, Ariadne (Ellen Page). She builds the settings for the dream. In order to plant the idea in Robert's head, they must go through three levels of dreams, which requires heavy sedation. This is risky because if they die in the dream, they will be trapped and stuck in limbo, whereas they'd simply wake up if they died in a normal dream.
Trust me, this movie will confuse you, but in the end all comes together. Inception is so smart and original. It's hands-down the best movie of the year so far. I think Leo will finally get a long-deserved Oscar!