Inception: cranial exercise

I have to leave office early on Saturday afternoon, so I could catch the 7.10PM screening of INCEPTION in SM Mall of Asia IMAX. I have to watch it in IMAX, and its non-negotiable. This is my most anticipated movie of this year, and I cannot affort to prolong my agony any longer.

So after I bought the ticket, I had my quick dinner at Abe before the film starts.

Inception is the new cult favorite among cineastes, because it has been a long time that a summer movie has made a huge impact on everyone’s psyche. And to think that The Matrix was released eons ago.

The story revolves around planting an idea into somebody’s mind (the process of inception), and in the lead is Dom Cobb (diCaprio), a thief who enters other minds through dream to steal information (and sell it to corporations. But a recent client hired him to do the opposite, instead of stealing information he has to plant an information into the brain of a competitor’s heir to let the company he will inherit from his father to be sold. But for what in exchange? The promise of return to the US without hassle, to be with his two lovely children.

While designing the heist in the dream, the movie becomes complex because you are entering three dreams–a dream in a dream in a dream. Go figure! But the presentation of the director is so clear that educated audience appreciates.

The central conflict of the film is when Mal (Cotillard), Cobb’s wife, appears in his dream. Mal has long been dead, and she always appear, telling us that Cobb is feeling guilt about her death. Later, it was find out that he is the reason why she is dead. She is a victim of inception done before by Cobb, letting her believe that she is still in a dream when in fact she is in reality–she fell off the hotel room.

The hype up steal sequences of the three dreams, and the limbo state that occured, provides a philosophical debate. When the young Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) is seen with his father in his death bed, and the vault is opened, the most powerful statement came from the father. That he wanted his son to decide on his own, and not be influenced by external forces, especially people surrounding him. Which is another limitation of inception, because it requires a trace because it is not that person’s own idea.

Is it possible to influence other people, when each individual already has a firm decision from the start? If you have a pre-determined notion of things, can you still be influenced by others? Is guilt hampering our best?

In a world where new idea are debunk as plagiarized from an old theory, school of thought and laws, our world has become a rundown of someone’s idea from the past.

If you feel like watching the film again (and again), do so. Because  I will do the same to appreciate its nuances and other excerpts.

Inception is this generation’s cult favorite, as what The Matrix did to the 90s and The Blade Runner did for the 80s.


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