Sunday, 18 July 2010
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard and Tom Hardy
I've been waiting on tenterhooks for what seems like an excruciatingly long time for the release of Nolan's latest creation, and, shockingly, my waiting was not in vain. The cast, a combination of failsafe talent (Murphy, Cotillard and DiCaprio) and up-and-coming fresh blood (Page, Gordon-Levitt) gel together perfectly, adding chemistry and yet more layers to the already incredibly clever film.
The only criticism I can offer is that the central character, Cobb's, uncanny resemblance to Leo's latest role alongside Mark Ruffalo in Shutter Island cannot go un-noticed, both men are faced with simiar personal challenges and bear the same complexities.
I must confess, I am still not entirely certain of what occurred in the film, however I can say with some certainty that nobody, really, is. The ambiguity and excruciatingly tense final scene shatters all certainties that have been built upon throughout the two and a half hours of intense watching; the labyrinth motif requires full attention at all times. Blink and you'll miss it, so I advise you not to drink too much Sprite before you take your seat because if you leave the film, it will never return to coherency.