Inception

Inception is another movie that I had never seen before. I had heard about it, though, and I found myself just never getting around to it. So I purchased it a couple of weeks ago, procrastinated a bit, and then finally watched it. And boy, was I impressed. Christopher Nolan, sir, half these people I saw in The Dark Knight Rises and hooo boy I see why they were here first.

The basic premise relies on our willing suspension of disbelief (something I’ve touched on briefly in a previous review) there is a chemical compound that allows people to share dreams and the technology to go along with it makes it all work. Now, in this world it is common enough for them to have their own terminology (which we pick up on through the natural flow of conversation rather than an information dump) extractors are people who delve into the dreams of other people and (obviously) extract information from their targets. How common is this? The rich can pay people to help them learn how to subconsciously fight against extractors (with waves of armed men that look like a private military contractor spent a fortune on). This is only the beginning though, our tale takes us further into the world of dreams than the characters are used to.

Inception is another movie that I had never seen before. I had heard about it, though, and I found myself just never getting around to it. So I purchased it a couple of weeks ago, procrastinated a bit, and then finally watched it. And boy, was I impressed. Christopher Nolan, sir, half these people I saw in The Dark Knight Rises and hooo boy I see why they were here first.

The basic premise relies on our willing suspension of disbelief (something I’ve touched on briefly in a previous review) there is a chemical compound that allows people to share dreams and the technology to go along with it makes it all work. Now, in this world it is common enough for them to have their own terminology (which we pick up on through the natural flow of conversation rather than an information dump) extractors are people who delve into the dreams of other people and (obviously) extract information from their targets. How common is this? The rich can pay people to help them learn how to subconsciously fight against extractors (with waves of armed men that look like a private military contractor spent a fortune on). This is only the beginning though, our tale takes us further into the world of dreams than the characters are used to.

A dream within a dream is common, apparently, but then comes the extension of a dream within a dream within a dream. Three levels deep is considered dangerous because dying (which normally just makes you wake up one or two levels deep) has a higher chance of sending you to limbo. While this doesn’t seem dangerous at first, each level exponentially raises the time the dream can take (even if our characters only spend a couple of hours at best within the dreams themselves) in limbo you could spend decades or even centuries lost within this dream like reality (which of course makes it addictive).

Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (SQUEE!), Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, and Dileep Rao take us into a complex and strange world that brings us to the height of imagination. It talks of things we all know but simply ignore when it comes to our dreams (how did we get here, why does the structure of our dream suddenly change? How can physics be ignored?)

Inception is an entertaining movie, one that I truly enjoyed. The actors give powerful and, more importantly, believable performances in a movie that is for all intents and purposes science fiction. We don’t need every facet of the plot explained for it to make sense and it leaves it all open and ambiguous enough for any ending to be possible. Welcome to the world of dreams I hope you enjoy your stay.

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