I am very pleased to report that finally a blockbuster movie release has lived up to it’s hype and delivered. Not a sequel, not based on a comic book, not a remake, just pure entertainment and thrills. A grown up action movie masquerading as a summer (winter here) blockbuster. Director Christopher Nolan has fashioned a very entertaining, if a tad silly, visually stunning action adventure. By no means a perfect film, the plot holes are quite large, but if you go along for the ride, you won’t be disappointed.
I won’t go into the plot, there is no point. All I will say it involves, corporate espionage, architecture, loss and mourning, father son relationships, and dreams. All interwoven into mind blowing action set pieces. Standouts involve Paris folding in on itself and a mid air weightless fight.
It has a great cast of very good looking actors. Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon Leavitt, the beautiful Marion Cottilard (in a twist on the femme fatale role), Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger and even the wise old Michael Caine in a cameo. Standing out amongst the strong cast is Tom Hardy (Bronson), he is a big star in the making.
It is a visual and audio feast, the sets, the effects, costumes and cinematography, sound design and music all first class. I liked the way architecture played a major role in the film, and enjoyed the nod to Miss Cottilard’s Oscar winning role as Edith Piaf , with the song Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien playing a part .
Christopher Nolan has had a field day making this movie, he has not put a foot wrong with his movie making attempts so far, and as it looks like Inception is another mega hit for him, he must think he is living in his own dreamworld. Let’s hope he never has to wake up.