A captivating, culture-relevant movie that explores the mysterious capabilities of the human mind and the weirdness of our dreams.
I realized that the movie Inception would be an inescapable movie for me after at least 37% of my facebook friends had a status update praising it the moment they walked out of the theatre. Then my sister and brother-in-law told me it reminded them a little bit of LOST; at that moment it became official that I would not only see Inception but that it would be a movie worth writing a movie review/recap about it.
In my first official Movie Guy post (click here to read it: Movie Guy, at Your Service: My Top Ten Favorites), under the “Basic Do Not Watch” criteria for movies I listed “simply by watching the trailer for the movie, you fully understand the plot and possibly the resolution”. That definitely wasn’t the case with Inception. When I first saw the preview several weeks ago all I knew was that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was having some trouble finding the floor while for Ellen Page accompanied by Leonardo DiCaprio the floor was becoming a wall. Perfect. That meant it would be worth seeing. Though I had no idea what the plot was. Perfect.
While the movie does have a strong plot, I see Inception as a vehicle for interesting theories which attempt to explain and explore the mysteries of the dream world and the human body (especially the mind) as it is in a dream state. For example, the facts that often we usually wake up from dream if in the dream we are falling or if we get killed in the dream are vital to the plotline.
Surprisingly, there were two ideas about dreams in particular I have written about before (which I thought were unique) which the movie touches on:
1) Years after the memories are made, what really is the difference between a good memory from an actual event and a good memory from a dream, as long as in that moment of the actual event or dream you were truly happy and it remains in your mind as a positive place you can return to when you remember it? Read Adventures in Thailand: Man Cave Time Machine.
2) A dream only last a fraction of the time that the dream seems to take place (in Inception, five minutes equaled one hour). Therefore, if a person could be forced to be trapped in a dream, it could be a horrible type of punishment for a person. Read Lowercase Punishment.
Aside from being a little like The Matrix (which I never really got into, even after seeing it twice) and LOST, it also reminds me of Vanilla Sky, The Butterfly Effect, and even The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. There is nothing not to enjoy about this movie: A+.
Bonus: Ethnic Backgrounds of the International Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio (as Dominic Cobb): American- 1/2 German, 1/4 Italian, 1/4 Russian
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as Arthur): Jewish-American
Ellen Page (as Ariadne): Canadian of English descent
Tom Hardy (as Eames): English of English and Irish descent
Marion Cotillard (as Mal Cobb): French
Cillian Murphy (as Robert Fischer): Irish
Ken Watanbe (as Saito): Japanese
Tom Berenger (as Peter Browning): American of Irish descent
Dileep Rao (as Yusuf): American of Indian descent
Pete Postlethwait (as Maurice Fischer): English
Luke Haas (as Nash): American- 1/2 German, 1/2 English
Michael Caine (as Miles): English