Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Even after several viewings — one just won’t do — Inception remains the year’s brainiest thriller, if only for that maddening ending. Does the spinning top stop, or not?
Writer/director Christopher Nolan changed the way people thought about superhero movies with his cerebral blockbuster The Dark Knight. With Inception, he has boldly reinvented the heist picture, once again rattling the cranium in the process.
Leonardo DiCaprio cuts a rakish figure as Dom Cobb, a corporate spy who functions like the Freddy Krueger of the boardroom: he enters the dreams of industry captains and steals their most valuable secrets. Now he’s tasked with his riskiest assignment of all: reversing the procedure, so he deliberately plants an idea in someone’s head.
Cobb’s talents are eagerly sought, but they have taken a personal toll tinged with intimations of tragedy. He’s chased by memories of his wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard), the mother of his two young children, whose status in his dream life is as uncertain as her corporeal existence is in the real world.
It’s one of the best movies of 2010