Christopher Nolan, the 39-year-old British director of Memento and The Dark Knight, throws a perfect storm of stunts, effects, locations and actors at one big idea: that it’s possible to pilfer ideas from dreams by a process called ‘extraction’, which involves hooking yourself up to a drip, falling asleep and entering the world of the subconscious. The holy grail of this process is to reverse it, which is ‘inception’, the planting
of a new idea in another’s mind. That’s the trick that experts Dom (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Arthur (Joseph Gordon Levitt), aided by new recruits Ariadne (Ellen Page) and Eames (Tom Hardy), try to pull off.

All hail Nolan for mastering a higher class of mass entertainment. Like all good sci-fi, this demands we pay serious attention to pure fantasy on the back of strong ideas and exquisite craft – but it also combines fantasy with real observations about our sleeping lives. The film may lose its pace towards the end, but this is still the best film released in Dubai this year. While Inception lasts, it feels like there’s nothing more important to decipher.


Genre: Action, Thriller
Duration: 142 mintues
Released: Jul 15th
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine, Lukas Haas, Tohoru Masamune
Language: English
Classification: PG15
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