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Inception

I must admit I was excited about seeing Inception.  In a summer full of mindless entertainment, where Hollywood tries to make money by rehashing old material, I was hoping Inception would be a breath of fresh air.  This movie was everything I hoped for.  Christopher Nolan is at his best in this wonderfully directed movie.  The top-notch group of actors, which include Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine, are also at the top of their game.  But, perhaps the best thing about this movie is the amazing script penned by Nolan.  This is the first time Nolan has done something complete originally since he became one of Hollywood’s top directors.  Nolan’s script is completely original and keeps you guessing until the very end.

Inception is not a movie everyone will like.  If you are firmly planted in reality and yearn for the next “based on true events” movie, then there is a good chance you will not like Inception.  I skimmed a few reviews of the movie before I went to see it.  Most of the reviews were favorable, but there were a few that hated the movie.  You either get Inception or you don’t.  There is no middle ground it seems.  I think Hollywood often lacks originality and creativity and I was thrilled to see a movie that lacks neither.  Another great thing about Inception is that it makes you think.  Too many times Hollywood feeds us the same story, the same jokes, and the same characters.  If you want to spend an afternoon resting your brain, then don’t see Inception, but if you want to be challenged, while you are entertained, then this is the movie for you.

I don’t want to give away too much of the movie, but I will point out a couple of themes the movie touches on.  Inception is about stealing and creating ideas within a person’s mind, and if this were possible it points out who would most likely benefit from such practices.  Although stealing ideas from a dream is not a reality, corporate greed is.  When a company or a person is driven by greed they will stop at nothing to get what they want.  The sad thing is that greed is like a disease.  A person never gets what they want, so they continue accumulating more and more, but they are never satisfied.

Another important theme within in the movie has to do with what a person puts in their mind.  Because of things Leonardo DiCaprio’s character has put in his mind he is in danger of threatening the others in the mission.  What we put in our mind matters.  Even if it is a suppressed thought or idea it has the potential of harming us as well as others.  The mind is a wonderfully designed organ.  We need to use it, and we need to be careful what we put in it.

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