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Bishop's Stortford Independent film reviewer and Bishop's Stortford College student Charlie Hughes says 10th-anniversary release of Inception is a dream come true

Indie film reviewer and Bishop's Stortford College student Charlie Hughes says the highly influential heist-thriller Inception has more than stood the test of time...

Ten years ago, an idea was planted by Christopher Nolan's mind-bending modern classic, Inception. It was the idea that the multi-million-pound blockbuster could be both intelligent and hugely successful.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary ahead of the interminably delayed release of Nolan's new film, Tenet, Inception returns to cinemas to gobsmack audiences all over again.


Leonardo DiCaprio heads up an all-star cast as Cobb, an industrial espionage 'extractor' skilled in stealing secrets from the dreams of his targets. When he is approached by Japanese businessman Saito (Ken Watanabe), he and his team are tasked not with extraction but inception, the planting of an idea within the subconscious.

To say more would be to spoil some of the many pleasures that the multi-layered script has to offer. We are taken down the rabbit hole as Nolan guides us through dreams-within-dreams-within-dreams and intercuts between different characters' subconscious.

It may sound like a mess, but the complex narrative is remarkably precise, demanding strict attention and rewarding multiple viewings.

Much like in his later films Dunkirk and Interstellar, Nolan plays heavily on the concept of time, running each dream level at a different time relativity. The resulting interplay between the levels helps to create some of the most exciting action set-pieces in film.

Nolan's set-pieces are made all the more astonishing by Wally Pfister's Oscar-winning cinematography, which realises spinning corridors, disintegrating buildings and folding cities. Plaudits also go to Hans Zimmer's impressively versatile score, which captures the tension of the hostile dream worlds, but also Cobb's longing and his struggle with reality. It is rare that a film boasting such spectacle has the emotional resonance that Inception does.

Nothing in Nolan's extraordinary back catalogue, not even the puzzle-box narrative of Memento nor the rug-pulling tricks of The Prestige, reach the exhilarating heights of this highly influential heist-thriller.

After just 10 years, Inception has planted itself permanently within the subconscious of pop-culture.

Score: 5 out of 5.

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