Having read rave reviews about the movie “Inception” over the past few days, I decided to watch the 2.30 pm show of this movie this afternoon at Star Cineplex at Bintang Megamall. As today is a working day, the number of patrons for this show can be counted with the fingers of both of my hands.
Inception is a 2010 American science-fiction film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page and Cillian Murphy. The film is inspired by the experience of lucid dreaming. The film centers on Dom Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) an “extractor”, who enters the dreams of others to obtain information that is otherwise inaccessible. His abilities have cost him his family and his nationality, but a chance at redemption and regaining his old life is promised by Saito (played by Ken Watanabe) when Cobb and his team of specialists are hired to plant an idea in a target’s subconscious. This process of planting of an idea, known as “inception”, is less familiar and far more difficult than Cobb’s usual job of “extraction”.
A lucid dream is a dream in which the sleeper is aware that he or she is dreaming. A lucid dreamer can actively participate in and manipulate imaginary experiences in the dream environment. Lucid dreams can seem extremely real and vivid, depending on a person’s level of self-awareness during the lucid dream.
This is a complex dazzling movie with almost non-stop action. And coming from the director who gave us a long list of awe-inspiring movies like “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight”, you really can’t go wrong. The mind-blowing visuals will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole entire time. Some of the action sequences are so complicated that you need to be paying constant attention to remember all of the layers of what is happening. To top it all, the acting are fantastic too, with Leonardo DiCaprio really standing out. DiCaprio powerfully embodies a tortured soul while Gordon-Levitt has all the fun in the best action sequence.
It’s both a tremendously challenging and tremendously rewarding movie, the type that will have audiences talking — and debating — long after the credits roll. The complexity of the plot works to make the film a must see, but it also ends up frustrating the audience because it all can’t be figured out on the first viewing. It is one of those movies that may require many viewings in order to grasp all the intricate details of these multi-layered trips into the dreams and nightmares of the central characters. A scintillating exploration of dreams, reality and the fine line that divides them, Inception toys with our minds on a massive scale, sending us on a dizzying trip which makes all our preconceptions spin relentlessly.
Cobb carries a spinning top to test whether he is dreaming or awake, which spins unceasingly or topples, respectively. At the end of the movie, Cobb suddenly awakens to find everyone on the plane, including Saito, up and well. Saito honors their arrangement and Cobb enters the United States, reunited with his children at home. Cobb spins the top to test reality, but is distracted by his children. The top begins to wobble, but the scene cuts to black, which leaves the question of whether Cobb is awake or still dreaming. It leaves the audience to draw their own conclusion.
In short, Inception is a very original, thought-provoking, intense, mind-blowing piece of entertainment, an experience laced with palpable tension and fueled with drama. It has been hailed as one of the most intoxicating, challenging and beautiful movies of the 21st century, deserving of multiple Oscar nominations.
Go watch the movie and let yourself be drawn into the dreamscape of Christopher Nolan. See the trailer below.