United States, 2010
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Written By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy
Running Time: 148 minutes
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout
Imagine a world where you live in a dream within a dream. If that made you scratch your head, then the movie will make your mind go dizzy. That is the world the movie Inception has brought to the big screen.
Inception is movie which dwells in the power of the mind and its capability of creating ideas. This is where the movie revolves and the job that the main protagonist does.
Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is an experienced extractor. Extractors are people who are hired by rich individuals in order to retrieve an idea from their rivals and plant them on their own. It can be easily labeled as intellectual theft, right?
The difference however is not in the process, but the result. Once the idea is implanted, the person to whom it was implanted is capable of acting so real that it becomes easier to convince others that it was yours.
Cobb was always with Arthur, portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was his assistant in every job that he does. However, the dynamic of the group changed when Saito, carried out by Ken Watanabe, hired the two. For this job, they needed a team of experts in their own fields in order to carry out the job correctly.
Among the team members that he picked were a master of deception, a master chemist, and an architect. They were to infiltrate the brain of Saito’s rival and implant ideas that would lead his rival to give up his company to him. It is a well thought out plan indeed.
The shocking addition to the team was the architect especially that she was new to the business. However, Cobb needed her to create spaces and mazes in order for the team to inject ideas without getting detected by their opponent. He schools him and teaches him the intricacies of their operation. He may have been very impressive as they were able to succeed in what they aimed in doing.
That last bit of information may be a spoiler, but that is not what you want to know. What you want to find out is how they came to succeed. It will twist your mind and your balance. It might even complicate how your perceive dreams.
Writer Christopher Nolan may have wanted you to be confused with regards to the movie. This has been a story on the works for almost a decade. Nolan started writing the story for Inception when he was shooting his movie Memento, which was back in 2000. The time frame between its conception and its release has been so long that it can be deduced that Nolan put in a lot of effort for this to be successful. He may have needed several revises in order to line everything in the movie up. How every change made along the way affected the succeeding events.
Unfortunately, it did not click as much to other movie goers because of its complicated plot. However, it received praise from a lot of critics, which says a lot for the movie and its story.
It may be complicated, but if you internalize the movie, it will make sense. Don’t you know that the entire story was a story in reverse?