Sunday, August 1, 2010
Besides learning how the invasion and creation and manipulation and suspension of dreams work, the viewer is treated to hair raising action scenes, one piled on top of the other. It is hard to keep from admiring the visual mastery of the dream sequences mixed in with these action scenes.
Joseph Gordon Levitt plays the part of Arthur, one of the team of experts who help Cobb on his missions. He is supposed to lack imagination but he walks on the ceiling with ease. I can't wait to see Gordon Levitt's next movie, not that he outshines anyone else in a cast that includes Tom Hardy as the shape shifter, Michael Caine as a concerned father, Ellen Page as a wizardly architect and Cillian Murphy as a very well protected victim.
Next day, remembering the scenes of the architecture breaking up and going sideways, and of the mazes the dream architect invented, and of the van falling off the bridge for what seemed like days, I hoped that my dreams would become a bit richer in visual content. But poor Leonardo. He has lost his boyish look. The groove in his forehead is there to stay.