Inception (2010)

Inception Poster
Poster design by Ignition Print (with thanks to IMP Awards)

If you thought that the one place your deepest darkest secrets can be buried and no one will find out, then Christopher Nolan (Director) may have other ideas. Inception takes you to the very place you thought no one could ever access, and that is your mind.

Actors/ Characters

With a cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine amongst others, Inception is sure to be a major commercial success. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Eames (Tom Hardy) play the highly skilled team of mind thieves, or extractors as they’re known.

Plot

As mentioned above, Dom Cobb, Arthur and Eames are a team of extractors whose primary job is to steal a single thought. However, businessman Mr Saito (Ken Watanabe) has other ideas. To stop his main rival from becoming a global force, he needs the team to carry out Inception.

Inception is being able to implant a thought or an idea into ones mind.

The Fischer Empire is on the verge of becoming a global and a dominant force in the market, something that Mr Saito does not want. So he hires Cobb and his team to perform Inception on Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) to convince him to break up his dying father’s business empire.

Rather than simply implanting an idea, the team decide to instead implant a seed of doubt in the mind of Robert Fischer, but this is fraught with danger as this involves multi-layer dreams i.e. going in a dream within a dream. The potential danger being that should any of the team die in a multi-layer dream state, the mind could be stuck in limbo for indefinitely. However, under a single dream layer, a person who dies in the dream merely wakes up in real life, as depicted by various “kicks” in the movie.

Scene from the movie Inception
Image courtesy of IGN Movies

Ellen Page plays Ariadne, a young architect hired by the team to construct various dream worlds for the team to enter in. Ever wondered how in a dream you always just tend to be there, yet never remember how you got there? That’s pretty much what Ariadne does; she creates the layouts for the various dreams.

Verdict

Going into this film, I was expecting a movie full of special effects, in the same vein as 2012, but this wasn’t the case at all. I’m not saying there isn’t any in the movie, as by the trailers you clearly see there is, but the movie really takes it’s time in telling you the concept of Inception.

The movie is definitely worth a watch, but at times it did feel a bit longer than the movie should have been.

The great thing about Inception is that it does create a lot of talking points with your friends, and the ending of this movie will justify this very point, so will leave the ending to your own interpretations.

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