The subconscious is a complex realm of real world reality and fantasy fiction. A dream can derive from something you wish for that may have happened or that simply entered your thoughts during those few moments before sleep.
Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Inception introduces new ways of creating a dream – through the art of implanting a thought or idea into the mind of the dreamer. This concept not only proves exceptionally difficult for the mind to grasp, but the complexities of such a notion are so deep that you leave the cinema torn between incredulousness and the questionable possibility that perhaps the dreamer is not always the creator of sleep enhanced imagination.
Nolan achieves such convincing, albeit mind-boggling, dream invasions through specialist “extractor” Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), architectural world designer Ariadne (Juno’s Ellen Page), pharmacist Yusuf (Dileep Rao), identity forger Eames (Tom Hardy), and Cobb’s right-hand man Arthur (500 Days of Summer’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Together they devise an intricate attack on billionaire Robert Fischer’s mind (Red Eye’s creepy Cillian Murphy) at the demands of a Japanese powerman (Ken Watanabe) who will reward Cobb with freedom from the trouble he faces with the law.
The method of infringing on Fischer’s mind is left somewhat to your imagination, but it involves heavy doses of drugs, lounge chairs, and an all too familiarly felt “kick” to wake you from dream world to real world — the only single element in the film that actually mirrors our normal sleeping habits of abruptly waking as you descend through the air.
Entwined with the business of implanting and extracting information, comes Cobb’s own heartbreaking story of the danger behind toying with realism and idealism. The fearful and bitter portrayal of projection Mal (Marion Cotillard) keeps you fixated throughout as the loose ends of her whereabouts slowly and intelligently come together.
The dazzling scenery adaptation and awe-inspiring acumen behind such a theory stands reason alone to view this summer hit. But the jigsaw plot assembly and instinctively desperate feeling “implanted” within every viewer of needing to know what the last puzzle piece holds, is what makes Inception a highly worthwhile viewing.