One of the most recent blockbusters in the box office within the past year was Inception, a mind-boggling thriller directed by Christopher Nolan. The movie stars the popular actor Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a fugitive who specializes in extraction – the practice of stealing an idea from one’s brain and planting it inside another. Cobb’s fugitive persona has cost him the unthinkable, but he and his team are offered a second chance, that is, if they are capable of performing a task that is thought to be impossible; inception. Not unlike extraction, inception involves simply placing an idea in someone’s brain rather than stealing one first. Seems simple, right? Just perform inception and pull off a sly yet perfect crime.
Not so fast. No matter the intelligence and miraculous skill of Cobb and his team of geniuses, nothing could possibly prepare them for the world’s – or rather Cobb’s – most dangerous enemy.
One of the most fascinating points of this movie is the thrilling use of CGI technology. Almost each and every scene of both the simple and climatic events within the film use this form of technology, adding in visual twists that only deepen your enthrallment with the rollercoaster storyline. Sudden plot twists are enhanced by the exciting and mind-blowing visual effects. The almost non-stop action during the film is amplified by said effects, which only increases the entertainment.
Not only does this film satisfy your mind’s craving for visual action, it has its share of baffling scenarios that play with your brain and your ability to comprehend the constant climaxes and turns that the storyline throws in your direction. The bulk of the movie takes places inside different levels of a dream; in my opinion, this is also one of the most interesting components. What really got me thinking was the fact that the entire setting was a dream within a dream within yet another dream and so on. Each level delves deeper into the dreamer’s mind, revealing their dark secrets and innermost thoughts. The idea of dreams within dreams does cause some confusion within the plot line, but in turn keeps you guessing throughout the course of the film about where exactly the characters are standing. There is also the alluring idea of ‘limbo’. It is stated in the beginning of the movie that when you die in a dream, you simply wake up into reality. This is not the case when you are in a dream within a dream. When you are in deep levels of one’s dream, your death would result in falling into a place called limbo, in which you do not wake from the dream what can feel like fifty years or even longer. This also made a great addition to the storyline in my opinion, because it adds an extra sense of tension instead of simply “if you die, you’ll wake up, no big deal”.
All in all, this was one confusing, baffling and exciting movie; yet an amazing one all the same. The incredible visual effects coupled with the topsy-turvy storyline makes for a greatly enthralling film that will forever keep you guessing about what exactly goes down in your subconscious.