Peer pressure is a bad thing. I didn’t even know there was a movie called “Inception,” until i started seeing it on my timeline. My friends were all raving about it. And when i looked into Rotten Tomatoes, 85 percent!
I figured it kinda was an art-film and if you know me, I just want movies that go boom! and like where’s the eye-candy, you know? Well i could be wrong but i’m partly right. It is kinda an art-film but is not.
If you haven’t seen it… this is the part where I kick you out. Unless you wanna get spoiled. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it, you got no business here no matter how much you think you won’t get spoiled. Dude, go pay the movie house to see it if you’re that interested.
OK, mandatory spoiler alert out the door.
When I read about this being about dreams and how they’re about stealing people’s dreams… dude that’s not even the movie. The movie is about these bunch of guys led by Cobb who are breaking into people’s head and messing with it. Sometimes they steal an idea or plant one.
At this point i’m thinking “Zur En Arrh.” What the hell is that?
Well in the comics-verse, specifically in Batman’s universe the guy has been preparing himself for a mental attack so he’s this Superior Man who prepares for every eventuality and guards against it. So Bruce Wayne studied a technique that allowed him to create a backup personality should his mind gets attack. That’s the Batman of Zur En Arrh. A backup operating system.
In Christopher Nolan’s movie, that concept is touched upon. What happens when someone invades your mind? Sure you can be prepared and you can have counter measures. He explained it himself the subconscious is like your white blood cells that attack an invasion.
The multiple hopping in dreams and the essentially twisted reality and non-linear, multilayered storytelling is also something found in other Morrison’s work. Especially in Final Crisis, where he jumps from one arc to another and you go back and juxtaposes different layers. The layers when read a whole is one multilayer one and you can only fully appreciate it when its done.
Nolan’s work is like that. It juxtaposes different layers to make one ginormous story. Comic book readers would love this. Especially readers who are familiar or like long form comics. Also especially people who like Morrison’s work and if you can see the similarities in the way they tell the story, you’ll love Inception even more.
You could see throughout the movie that Cobb makes a point to say that the top is his line to reality. That as long as it spins and falls off—- he knows this is real. The ending doesn’t really tell you if the top falls off or not.
In fact, if you think about it—- the implications of it not falling, questions the entire movie.
Did Cobb lie?
Was the entire movie all about his subconscious? That we don’t know if he actually woke up from the first dream? The one in which he shared with his wife. Was Mal right when Cobb confronted her? How do we know that all this isn’t in his head. The paranoia and all that. How do we even know there was a Mal in the first place? What if she’s something he conjured up in his imagination?
Another possibility is that everything before falling off limbo was real. That in Limbo was when his insanity kicked in and started to create a whole new reality.
Every Christopher Nolan movie just gets better and better. It’s like he’s learning from previous outings and tells something different but with just a touch of the rest. Inception reminds you too of “The Dark Knight” and “The Prestige.” If you liked Inception and haven’t seen his other work, you have got to go and check them out. He gets better with every movie he makes.
And in every Nolan movie the cast—- works as an ensemble.
Inception’s storytelling is exceptional. Ensemble acting was superb. The summer blockbuster explosions were spectacular. Inception is just crazy. It is the kind of movie that you would either appreciate, or hate. If you haven’t seen it, go! You will either come out of it saying, “that was god-aweful!” or say, “it was a bloody crazy movie!”