Just saw this movie yesterday with Larry and Mike. I really liked this movie so there’s a lot to talk about. The first thing you’ll notice is the all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page (Juno), Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Cilian Murphy, and Michael Douglas! Not to mention it’s written and directed by the mastermind that made Memento, The Dark Knight and The Prestige. The acting in this movie is off-the-charts good. Now let’s get into the story a bit…
The story is not very complex, but the concept the story is based on is. That might be hard to understand, but it’s simple if I compare it to a movie that everyone knows: The Matrix. In the movie the Matrix, when someone entered the Matrix the rules of the normal world no longer applied. There are many different rules inside the Matrix and they must be learned throughout the movie. With Inception, the concept is very similar — except instead of the Matrix, the characters are entering their own dreams.
Inception is at first about the idea of extracting hidden information from inside the minds of important individuals by entering their dreams. An illegal act, the people that can do this task are highly valued, especially by corporations. Leo’s character, Cobb, who has landed himself in trouble from doing this has been forced to flee his country and is searching for a way to clear his name and go back home.
He finds hope in the head of a major corporation who has a lot of power. With one phone call, he claims, his record will be wiped clean and he can go back home to his family. What he wants in return is the opposite of extracting information, inception. He wants to plant an idea in a rival corporation head’s mind through his dreams.
As I said earlier there are a lot of rules to learn as the story progresses. Cobb assembles a team of other dream navigators to infiltrate the man’s head and plant a deadly idea in his mind. When they enter his dreams, anything can happen. To plant the idea deep enough they have to go deep into his mind by dreaming while in the dream. This is where things get a bit complex and I don’t think I can adequately explain how it all works. Basically falling asleep inside a dream will start a new dream inside of a dream and bring you a level “deeper.” The deeper you go the farther from reality you get and the harder it is to get back.The reason I bothered to explain in such detail about the concept is because of how interesting it is. It’s not only a unique concept, it’s a very entertaining movie. The movie is filled with edge-of-your-seat action and puzzling concepts. It’s a movie you have to actively watch, but it’s very stimulating. That’s something special that not many movies have. For these reasons, Inception is at the top of my recommendation list this summer. See Inception! See it in theaters. You’ll thank me.