A team of people who invade the dreams of their victims to steal secrets, is contracted by a Japanese businessman to invade the mmind of the son of a corporate company opwner to plant an idea. To do so they must create dreams at several levels, the environments designed by one of the team and the action formed to convince the CEO’s son of the action he is to take. But they had not reckoned with armed “projections” manifestations in the young man’s subconscious designed to protect him from invasion, nor are the team aware of their leader’s obsession with a projection of his dead wife, which could derail the project.
There is a lot of exposition, particularly a dream in which the leader, Dom, recruits the young female dream architect. Then the team gets together and they start the project as the dreams take place within dreams, with inceasing levels of violence involving car chases, gunfire and explosions. There are flashbacks to Dom’s relationship with his now dead wife and with his children who he cannot see due to being accused of his wife’s murder. Maybe the high point of the film is a fight taking place in a hotel corridor which is tilting and rotating because in a higher dream the van in which the team are travelling is rolling down a hill (I include this to show you how the thing works). There is a bit of drinking and a lot of violence.
You have to watch this pretty closely to keeep up, and to be honest I’m not sure that it all works. However it was really well liked by the critics and won several Oscars as well as being rated No 14 in the IMDb list. Mark Kermode kept saying that he was pleased that the general public had taken this “intelligent” film to their busom, but I’m not quite sure about that. It is possible that they just liked the well orchestrated and extremely clever set pieces. So despite the fact that there is a lot of contrivance to make the plot work it is worth your time and, after eight years, a small fee.
|Duration||2h 28m||Rating (UK)||12A|
|Source of story||An original screenplay|
|Starring||Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard, Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Caine, Lucas Haas,|
|Additional Info||It is said that the studio spent $100 million in publicity in addition to the $160 million estimated production cost, but it had grossed $825 million by January 2011.|