Inception, (ĭn-sěp’shən) – n. the beginning of something, such as an undertaking; a commencement.
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to have one really good idea for an invention that you could then patent and sell to make millions? All it would take is one. Well, what if you did come up with a million dollar idea and someone decides they want to take it from you by going into your brain and subconscious and extracting that idea or thought from you? This is precisely the premise of the groundbreaking and thought provoking film Inception.
I’ve included the above definition of Inception for you because, if you’re like me, you probably don’t know what this word means or how it could possibly relate to this film. Well, not only is Dom Cobb, played exceptionally well by Leonardo DiCaprio, an ideal thief, but in this film he is given the task of inception or placing an idea in someone’s mind without them knowing it wasn’t an original idea of their own. Sounds complicated, huh??? Well it is and it isn’t. The mind is a powerful thing. Perhaps the most powerful thing in the world, and just imagine if people used more than the ten percent most scientists say that we use on a daily basis. Now, think about dreams. Haven’t you ever had a dream that seemed so real that you questioned whether or not it was really a dream of if you actually experienced it in the real world? What if you could draw people into your dreams so that they could experience your dreams with you? This film primarily takes place in the mind and makes you think about the ethical, psychological and fantastical things that can be created by the mind.
I saw this film on Sunday and I’m still thinking about it and trying to wrap my head around everything I’ve seen. There aren’t many films that stay with you hours, days or even weeks after you’ve seen them. How often do you see a movie that you immediately want to see again, just to take it all in and try and catch any clues or details that you might have missed? How many filmmakers working today that won’t dumb down their script or story just to make it easier for the audience to understand what’s taking place? I, as a moviegoer, want to go to see movies that will challenge me and make me think. I also want to see films that are completely original and show you things never seen before. This is that film!
I can’t really talk too much about specifics because it’s best going in knowing nothing about the film. I can just say that this is definitely one of the top five films I’ve seen this year and possibly one of the best films I’ve ever seen. This is a film where all of the participants are playing at the top of their game. From Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Hans Zimmer, Marion, Cotillard, and Wally Pfister, each one of them have contributed to a near perfect film. I’m hopeful that the Academy Awards remembers this film come nomination time. Do yourself a favor and check this film out and see if you can stop thinking about it after you’ve left. I myself can’t wait to see it again and wonder if that’s what they wanted me to do all along.
Here is the new Trailer for Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio opening the Summer of 2010. Please Comment!