Yesterday I went to the local movie theater to see Inception…for the second time. Rarely do I watch a movie twice, let alone spend $17.50 to see it only two times. If there were ever a movie that would be worth that, though, it would have to be Inception. It is by far the best movie I’ve seen in years. It’s possibly even my favorite movie of all time (an honor previously held by UP, which would then be my second favorite). It is simply the most well-conceived movie ever created. Granted, it can be difficult to follow at times (Jenny…:)), but if you really pay attention and test the capacity of your bladder, you will leave that theater with a new standard for movies.
Inception is about dreams. It takes place in the future in a time when “dream machines” have been created. These machines, which hook into your body like an IV, allow you to dream on demand. It sounds plausible even today because everyone wants everything right now, so why not dreams? The synthetic dreams are no different from real dreams, and they can even be customized with some extra work. This customization is a basis for the movie. After all, it only takes one person to ruin a good thing, right? These customizable, synthetic dreams are no exception.
People have studied and learned about dreams enough to figure out that dreams can be shared, thus exposing the world of your mind to anyone. Your secrets are always present in all of your dreams, but naturally locked away in a physical safe house. Like anything to which physical access is permitted, these secrets are susceptible to theft. The theft of secrets via dreams is called extraction, and the people that perform extraction are, well, extractors. The main character in Inception is an extractor (actually, the best extractor) named Cobb. His main business is to train the big targets of extraction to protect their secrets from theft. He does, occasionally, take jobs to steal secrets, but can you blame him? Money is money, in the end.
This time, Cobb has been recruited to do something different–inception. This is the opposite of extraction. Since extraction is removing ideas (namely secrets) from the mind while dreaming, inception is adding ideas to someone’s mind during a dream. This is not easy by any means, and requires careful planning and care. The mind has to actually be tricked into thinking it came up with the new idea, because otherwise it is no different than telling someone what to do and hoping they listen. This difficult task forces Cobb to assemble a team of the best and push the world of dreams, as well as reality, to the limit. The action and complexity will have your brain working harder than it has in a while, but it is beyond worth it.
If you haven’t seen Inception yet, please try to see it before it leaves theaters. If you do miss it, then buy it when it is released for purchase. I know I’m going to, and I’ve seen it twice already! Either way, do your best to pay attention and really try to understand. You will take away so much from that movie, including modified definitions of family, friends, love, sacrifice, reality, integrity, and possibly even life. Oh, and don’t be angry at the ending. I will warn you that it may be a little too vague for those of you not accustom to Jodi Picoult, but think of it as a choice. Think about everything you’ve learned and all of the events leading up to the last scene, and then decide. I know my decision, and I firmly believe it. Nonetheless, it’s up to you. Let me know what you choose. Enjoy!