In a summer of remakes, reboots and sequels comes Inception, by far the most original movie concept of the 21st century. Yes, it’s more mind blowing than the Matrix. This might be a bold statement but the complicated, enjoyable sci-fi journey across a dreamscape backs my compelling claim. Christopher Nolan’s Inception is a conventional heist picture wrapped in a dream or is it a series of dreams? I’m still trying to understand it myself.
This much is clear: Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a thief in the corporate-espionage field who’s able extract info from a sleeping person’s brain. Yep, your mind was just blown. Dom and a team of specialists, including a right-hand man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an architect (Ellen Page), and a “forger” (Tom Hardy) who can morph into another person’s identity, have developed methods to enter a person’s dream. Wait, what? Feel free to read that last sentence again.
What’s more fun is following the puzzle, I felt like a little kid playing Mousetrap as I attempted to piece the dreams together. There is a layer upon layer of dreams that confuse the characters, and viewers, questioning which state is “reality” and which is dreamed. It’s a plot that makes for an incredible Memento-maze and is still the sort of movie experience that viewers will want to see again and again just to “solve.” I’ve seen it twice and I’m still asking myself if the dream is real, or am I?
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After seeing this movie a second time I found the answer to everyone’s question. Notice his wedding ring and when he’s wearing it and when he’s not. I just “incepted” you by putting that thought in your mind. GO SEE IT AGAIN