"Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange."Awesome doesn't even begin to describe the sleek, clever, mind-blowing madness that is director Christopher Nolan's aptly titled psychological (read: trippy) thriller Inception. Borrowing some of its stylish special effects from The Matrix, Inception follows one man's harrowing journey from reality to dreamworld, and back again.
If Inception is any indication, crime in the future is amped up a notch when the most skilled thief in the game, Dom Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), becomes even more valuable when he adopts the very rare ability to sneak into people's minds while they're dreaming to steal valuable secrets for his own gain. But when he gets an offer he can't refuse from his latest victim (played by Ken Watanabe)--the chance to reunite with his estranged family in exchange for devising a scheme that allows him to plant a secret into the mind of another victim (played by Crispin Glover), then travel inside that person's dream to capture it--he was more than ready for the challenge. But what happens when your own subconscious invades the dream you've invaded? Collision, mayhem and even entrapment.
As Cobb, along with his gifted team of specialists (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page), travel deeper into this very dangerous operation, problems arise when he becomes plagued by his inner demons that interrupt his own dream state, which causes the team to have to unexpectedly wrestle with his subconscious, while also having to navigate the rapidly changing world of the subconscious they're already in. Thus, this creates a dream without a dream. The further the team sinks into this dream world, the further they are from their own realities, and the further they--and the audience--are able to define what's real and what's a dream.
Inception is jarring, twisted yet amazing but demands a second viewing to make you've sure fully understood what you just saw. Chances are, after the second viewing, you may think you've just seen two different movies. Or maybe you just dreamed the first one up.
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