Movie review: "Inception"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

When I tell stories, I get sidetracked. Something reminds me of something else, which reminds me of something else, and before I know it, I've got three or four going. It's probably frustrating for anyone foolish enough to listen to me.

I could learn a lesson from Christopher Nolan, a director who proved with his breakout "Memento" that he can tell a tale forwards or backwards.

"Inception" is a complicated maze of a story, sometimes flowing on three or four tracks simultaneously, and Nolan pulls it off like it's nothing. It's a mind-melter and one of the best films of the year.

In a near-future world, Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an expert in the field of "extraction" - traveling into the shared dreams of others to steal their thoughts.

A corporate boss (Ken Watanabe) wants to hire him for a different job, the much more difficult "inception." Instead of stealing a thought, he's leaving a new one. Cobb unites a team of experts for the task (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page and more).

Make sense? If not, get used to it. "Inception" requires the audience to go along for the ride in good faith that there is payoff. And there is.

Magnificently acted, beautifully shot and with action so cool I can barely describe it, the result borders on brilliant and will leave your head swimming for days. My stories, not so much.


Opens Friday

Four stars