BLADERUNNER MEETS MATRIX
Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy and Leonardo Di Caprio - the glam quotient of this movie sure brings the roof down. And if you are from a generation even earlier than mine, you will be happy to find Micheal Caine as well. I will be the first to admit that my crush on Ken Watanabe and the 'handsome' guy from RockanRolla was revived here. And also that am glad to see Leo DiCaprio outgrow that horrid Titanic brat phase and has chosen his films well. But the coolest dude of them all is the man who dreamed up this larger than life Do You Dream Of DiCapro saga (apologies Philip K Dick), that is as crazy as Bladerunner and just as involving. Mind-blowing even.
The Director of Photography Wally Pfister, please take a bow. You've seen his work: Memento, Insomnia, The Italian Job, The Slow Burn, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and now this one. And his IMDB profile says he's working on the next untitled Batman project.
Works on a simple premise that we wake up from dreams vaguely remembering bits and pieces, but never all of it. While we shrug, 'yes' and begin doing, say, a domestic chore, Chris Nolan builds on this information and creates cities for you to remember, creates confusion: are you dreaming or are you in someone else's dream? And by the time we are out there clutching our totems and coming to conclusions like, 'Dream girl comes at you with a knife and a gun and a knife and a gun to kill you so it must be a dream...' Chris Nolan has taken the dream and replanted it into someone else. And in this head, there are Escher like unending stairs, bigger guns and bombs and the possibility of real death.
If you have spinal aches and pains, fuhgeddabout seeing the film. The pace is relentless and the gravity defying shots will keep you at the edge of your seat. Hans Zimmer whose filmography can be read only with your jaws on the floor gives the director's fantasy a voice... incredible!
And don't read reviews after this. Just go see the film. Be glad that you live in times of such grand vision.