Inception (2010) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: July 8, 2010
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Music by: Hans Zimmer
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cottilard, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine

Two gentlemen dressed in a decent piece of suit having a conversation with Mr. Saito (Ken Watanabe), a Japanese businessman. The gentlemen on the left begin explaining about “Extraction” scientifically while his partner tried to intercept so to response in rather more direct. The Japanese shows no interest.

Arthur (Joseph Godron-Lewitt), Saito (Ken Watanabe) & Dominic Cobb (Leornardo DiCaprio)

It may seem that way but the two gentlemen, Dominic Cobb the Extractor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Arthur the Point-Man (Joseph Gordon-Lewitt) were not there to have a chatty conversation instead to extract some important information from Mr. Saito for their employer: Cobol Engineering.

Mal with Saito upon sabotaging Dom's operation

However, everything begins to shatter and rumble when Dom’s wife – Mallorie aka Mal (Marion Cottilard) appeared in the scene. Mal sabotaged Dom’s extraction operation. Arthur got shot dead.

Arthur seems to be alive and breathing and appeared within a different world while riots behind the scenes raises tension amidst explosions. It appears that Dom is “sharing dream” with Saito.

Using sophisticated machines to enter and share dreams with another person is not very pleasant but for the sake of an important mission and the amount of money offered? Why not? Nash (Lukas Haas) the Architect made a mistake in current dream state while Dom has yet to be awaken after succeeding in stealing Saito’s information but that’s not just it. Saito woke up and had a brawl with Nash and Arthur. The operation backfired when Dom returns. With all means, the stolen information was invalid.

The team disbanded in the real world while Dom and Arthur makes the escape only to be caught by Saito in the real world as he offered them money and freedom. Dom took the offer because he needs the freedom to stop running as a fugitive.

Saito promises to honor the arrangement so as Dom could return home with his children.

Dom tries to convince Robert Fisher (Cilian Murphy) by warning him that there are security measures needs to be taken.

Dom was instructed to assemble a new team to complete the mission. The newly assigned mission is on Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) – the son of the ill-sticken Maurice Fischer (Pete Postlethwaite). The objective is to have the young Fischer not managed his father’s business mogul – who is also Saito’s corporate rival.


Arthur and Ariadne (Ellen Page) within the second stage of dream

Dom recruits Eames the Forger (Tom Hardy), Ariadne the new Architect (Ellen Page) and Yusuf the Chemist (Dileep Rao) with the involvement of Saito in the team to accomplish the mission.

The action in this film varies from different stages of dreams until the limbo. The limbo will connect us to the first scene showing a very old and haggard Mr. Saito.

Reviewer’s Note:
“What is the most resilient parasite? A bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm?” – A science-fiction-action-heist film from the imagination of director Christopher Nolan gives us a fresh new experience with a very dark element combining both The Matrix and The Dark Knight comes a movie titled: Inception.

Inception is like the advance-tutorial of understanding; just like James Cameron’s Avatar. The concept of the film is very alike like The Matrix except the fact that you won’t die in your sleep like how The Matrix did.

Every scenes of Inception is meticulously detailed and requires one full attention in understanding about the stages of the dream world and what may happen in the dream world.

It is like taking Carl Jung and Siegmund Freud hypothetical content analysis theories and turning them into movies.

Dom's spinning totem

The film shows an important item which they called it totem. A unique item where only the user knows what is it like and for them to know that they are actually in the real world.

However, the state of having a dream within a dream is not impossible. It appears when someone tried to wake you up and you fall back into your sleep and start dreaming about waking up and doing your daily routine when you are actually still in your sleep and when you tried to wake up in the real world, you feel numb and still unaware if you are still dreaming but your head feels tired.

I have experience and endured it before and scientist calls it sleep paralysis.


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