Inception literally means a start, the beginning of a new idea. An idea, when created manifests itself into something that’s just too powerful to be ignored. Inception is Christopher Nolan’s take on the intricate balance between dream and reality. While awake we only use half our brains potential, but in the state of deep sleep, our brain creates, interprets and manipulates facts, fiction and emotions working with 95% efficiency. Thus, it’s a mass of ideas and thoughts waiting to be tapped into or to be stolen.
Dom Cobb, essayed by Leonardo DiCaprio and his partner Arthur are corporate spies and dream extractors. They perform illegal espionage by entering the subconscious minds of their targets through two layered dreams; that is a dream within a dream and extract valuable information from their targets.
The movie plunges into the plotline with the wealthy Mr. Saito asking Cobb to do the impossible act of ‘Inception’: planting an idea within a person’s subconscious without them knowing. He wishes to destroy the energy conglomerate of his rival company the Fisher enterprise, by planting an idea in the heir, Robert Fisher to break up the enterprise. Disregarding Arthur’s strong disapproval Cobb accepts the job, because should Cobb succeed, Saito promises to use his influence to clear Cobb of the murder charges for his wife’s death allowing Cob to re-enter the United-States and reunite with his children. Quickly, Cobb assembles his team, the eccentric Eames, to enact Fisher’s godfather, the brilliant architect Ariadne to design the three-layered dream, to travel deep into Fisher’s sub consciousness and the chemist Yusuf to make the sedatives strong enough for a dream inside a dream within a dream. Saito insists that he join the team to make sure that it’s completed successfully. While planning the inception Ariadne learns of the guilt that Cobb suffers from his wife’s suicide and his separation from his children. But he vehemently retorts that he has his emotions under control. The job is set in motion when Fisher dies and Robert accompanies his father’s body from Sydney to Los Angeles. During the flight, Cobb sedates Robert Fisher, and the team brings him into the shared dream. At each stage, the member of the team who is “creating” the dream stays behind to generate the “kick”, that is the wake up mechanism from a dream, while the other team members fall asleep within the dream to travel further down into Fischer’s sub conscious. But a series of unforeseen dangers make the already difficult task nearly impossible with Fisher’s militarized mind trained to fend off extractors like Cobb, the hidden risk of the powerful sedative that could send the team into limbo and Cobb’s projections of his wife who show up to foil their plans.
Inception takes an old concept that was present in the American movies like Matrix, Memento, Thirteenth Floor and Dark City where the basic principle is that the world around you may not seem real. The movie manifests itself around a foolproof plot instead of building itself around the characters. It’s a typical film with all the elements of scientific thriller and relies a lot on clever dialogues to convey the story. The cinematography in the film is exemplary. Though the concept conveyed in the movie may be a little hard to grasp for the ones with little concentration it truly deserves the honor of being one of the best movies in the 21st century.
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