I am ecstatic that the movie Inception was not based on a novel, because that novel would most certainly have made me strongly consider retiring my one pen. If Christopher Nolan continues the writing, directing and producing quality he has exhibited with this and the last Batman movie, the rest of Hollywood should be concerned that he, Peter Jackson and a select group will corner the market of our minds.

Unlike The Matrix, The Sixth Sense and others of the genre, Inception not only pushes the boundaries of what movies expect from movie goers, but assumes enough intelligence on the populace to let us draw our own conclusion. I loved the ending (and, yes, no spoilers here).

To put a summary here would be to commit movie hari cari. All I can say (besides go see the flick) is this: Dom Cobb (Leanardo DeCaprio) is an expert at getting into dreams and finding secrets. Because of a tragedy involving his wife, he cannot enter the US and be reunited with his children. A Japanese businessman whom they were trying to steal secrets from recruits Dom and his team to insert an idea into the mind of an heir to a fortune, with the promise to Dom of reuniting him with his children. Dom has to recruit another “architect” because he cannot create any dream scapes without his dead wife intruding and because the Japanese businessman (well played by Ken Wantanabe) got rid of his last one. This happens to be Ellen Page who during a test dream is able to quickly bend Paris over on top of itself, making wine bars accessible in multiple dimensions.

The difference between this movie and others is that not only does it expect you to keep up (as one of my son’s friends said, you have to watch and pay attention to the whole movie), the story line keeps you emotionally involved while your brain is trying to differentiate dream from reality. The special effects are as good if not better than the previews, and DeCaprio, unfairly classified since Titanic, is excellent.

Best movies of the year thus far, and any movie that has Michael Caine in it is a must-see. But I am holding out for R.E.D. (Retired Extremely Dangerous) before final judgement. When my man Bruce Willis can jump out of a spinning car shooting, that is Oscar material.

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