Inception (2010; Action, Crime, Mystery, Psychological Thriller) Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page. Written and Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Imagine a world where technology can be used to infiltrate the human mind during its most vulnerable subconscious state; dreaming. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a professional extractor, has been hired by Saito (Ken Watanabe), to take down Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy), the heir to a major world power company and a threat to Saito. The job is to plant an idea into the heir’s head, to disband the company when his father dies; in other words, inception.With the help of Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Ariadne (Ellen Page), and some other wild characters who have worked with extraction, Cobb has a major task before him. Cobb, however, leads the group into a far more dangerous situation than they bargained for; a securitized dream with many levels and alternate realities.
From the very first scene of the movie, the audience is intrigued. We have, what we learn later, are Cobb and Saito as an old man, sitting at a table after Cobb is found washed up on the shore. The immediate first question I asked was how are these two men related? From there, they dive right into the story by placing us into the dream. But the audience does not know it is a dream at first. It is not until we see the characters in the scene simultaneously asleep. Surprisingly enough, the reality versus dream sequences are fairly easy to keep track of during the first half of the movie; at least I found it to be.
As the action in the movie continues to escalate, the movie does a fantastic job of separating the different “levels” of Fisher’s dream, all while keeping them so thoroughly connected through story. It is at the specific point where they being to enter Fischer’s dream levels that the depth of the story becomes immense. There are however totems that the extractors carry with them, a token so they know they are in their own reality and not in another’s dream. This helps keep them mentally stable.
In summation, the movie is a psychological thriller, entangled with lost loves, greed, disappointment, and revelation. In the end, through all the layers of dream and reality, the triumph and tribulation, the heartache and pain, there remains the one true question any extractor who enters into dream, must ask themselves. What is reality?
So, as you go to rent this movie, grab your totems, and get ready for a mind-bending ride that is Inception; is it for real?
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