Why I think Inception is awesome.

Me and a couple of friends managed to catch a show of Inception after class on Thursday, and by the time Chris Nolan was done with me, I was half way into believing that nothing is real. Before I start on rambling, I’ll warn you guys that there might be spoilers ahead, sop If you want to go ahead and watch the movie first, do that before reading the rest of this post. Come back after you’re done, because it’d be a waste to read anything about the movie and spoil it for yourselves. You could go on to read, but don’t be surprised if you don’t get what the hell I’m talking about. I saw the movie yesterday and I still don’t know what I’m about to write.

Alright so now that we got that out of the way, I’ll start by saying that the movie is shear genius. Just the thought of seeing dreams the way Nolan has shown them is so amazing, and a wee bit scary. Inceptions isn’t a movie with extraordinary visuals like avatar… that was a movie I enjoyed purely for the visuals. There wasn’t much else to it. But Inception on the other hand had such a grand idea, that ordinary locations like hotels and elevators made for some of the sexiest scenes I’ve ever seen on a movie screen. That one scene in the hotel lobby with zero gravity was one of the best action scenes I’ve ever seen. But the concept aside, there was also the editing to credit. The first few scenes were by far the most confusing in the movie, and they throw your senses off and leave so many questions unanswered. This is one of those movies that makes you work to understand it, and quite frankly, it’s been a good while since I’ve seen a movie which has done that. There are no complaints about the acting of the cast members. Everyone played a convincing enough role on the screen. So what IS inception, you ask? Before I answer that, the next few lines are entirely what I understood out of the movie, so feel free to correct me. Oh, and this is about where the spoilers kick in.

Inception is the process of embedding a thought in someone’s head through their dreams. The story revolves around Dom Cobb (Leo DiCaprio) and his team. Dom is an extractor. He goes into people’s dreams and pulls information out of there, that they won’t give up willingly. The team take up a job for Saito (Ken Watanabe) to plant the thought of breaking up his corporate rival’s empire into his rival’s son, Robert Fischer’s (Cillian Murphy) head. In order to make it convincing enough, Dom comes up with a 3 level dream to make to so that it seems like Fischer thinks up the idea all by himself. The team travels through dream levels like a snow fortress, a hotel, a van chase through a city, what they call ‘the limbo’ and what seems to be reality. the limbo is where you end up when you go so deep into sleep that you, and things seems so real that your mind just stops trying to wake up again. Also, in each dream level, time is exponentially faster than the previous level, and hence the whole 4 levels of dreams take place on a flight journey from Sydney to LA. The story has a couple of unexpecteds, like Cobb’s wife, Mal (Marion Collitard) appearing in the dream levels to sabotage their mission. But all these things aside, there is one major unanswered question. The audience is left hanging when it comes to weather the end of the movie is actually reality or not, ad there are some other things that you keep doubting, like how the van falling caused the gravity change in the second level dream, but did not in the third and fourth. But that’s a part of the movie’s beauty, in that you get to come up with your own understanding of things.

Verdict: This is a must watch for those who love intense movies that keep you on the edge of your seat, while working your brain to a point of exhaustion. If you watch the movie and come out of it with every question in your mind, you probably just didn’t pay enough attention. It’s not a movie for when you’re tired and just want to enjoy something nice. But it’s definitely worth a watch.

Score: 9/10

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