After watching the trailer of Christopher Nolan’s new movie, ‘Inception’, my ever-skeptical self of big budget box- office films wasn’t really impressed, yet, the side in me that is fascinated by the dream world got curious. The over-hype about it and the complications of its plot, that everyone seems to want to decipher, led me to the conclusion that this will be yet another blockbuster that confuses the viewer by its plot hiding a layer of an interesting theme that would lose its meaning by the action sequences and the overly done plot. I knew I shouldn’t judge quickly, so I went to watch it. The movie theatre was packed. I don’t think there was a single empty seat in the theatre. “Concentrate, otherwise, you won’t understand it,” I heard the guy next to me telling his friends.
The film turned out how I expected it to be. It had a very evident Hollywood touch, yet at its core there some very interesting and, surprisingly, sincere moments. Also, even if special effects are not high on my priority list, I have to say that the effects in this film were not only well-executed, but also very playful. One of the most obvious ones is when the streets of Paris closed in on themselves. There was the normal bustling street and another one upside down. Another interesting moment is when Ariadne was walking down the bridge and suddenly opened up two mirrors from nothingness.
It’s not the first film to touch upon reality versus imagination, the subconscious mind and the power of dreams, yet some ideas were different and innovative. The idea of theft through someone’s dream took the action film to a new level.
The story revolves around a group of thieves, who steal private information from people’s subconscious, by creating a dream world that would enable this information to come out. So if they create a bank in this dream world and go into the dreamer’s head, they could get information on personal bank accounts.
Cobb (Leonardo Decaprio) is on a new mission. Assigned by Saito (Ken Watanabe), Cobb has to penetrate Robert Fisher’s (Cillian Murphy) subconscious mind and plant an idea. Saito wants Fisher, who’s a corporate heir, to give up his inheritance. But in order to plant the idea, Fisher has to be convinced that it’s his.
From then on, the group of mind thieves goes on a long journey of dreams inside dreams inside dreams. During this journey, Cobb is haunted by his own subconscious that tries to ruin the mission. He gets recurrent images of his wife. For him, these images are the only means to hold on to her. His scenes of his wife are the most gripping, sometimes emitting an eerie horrific feel and at other times, sad and melancholic. They also represent the nature of deep feelings of guilt and obsession projected to us in dreams. One can easily relate to being haunted by a certain incident, memory in dreams and the different shapes it will represent itself.