The last of my reviews of the ten Best Picture Academy Award nominees is, oddly, the first of the ten films that I saw. Inception doesn’t have the best writing or the best acting of the ten nominated films, but it was, for my money, the most fun. It was, at times, also the most confusing. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Dom Cobb, who steals secrets from the subconscious dreams of his targets. But what Cobb most desires is to rescue his wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard), who exists only in dreams. This is a movie that plays with the division between fantasy and reality, that twists and turns and shakes up the world. It’s a fascinating and daring film — it is visually arresting and non-linear, which is perhaps why it is difficult to tear your eyes away from it, as you breathlessly await Cobb’s and his team’s fate.
Christopher Nolan deserves much recognition for helming the project, and among the cast, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are standouts. But if nothing else, I hope to see Inception pick up a statue for art direction, visual effects and/or cinematography. Despite its early release, it remains one of the best films of 2010 for these achievements.