Friday, May 24, 2013

How real are *your* dreams?

"No idea is simple when you need to
plant it in somebody else's mind."
There is no guarantee that ideas are safe inside a person's mind and that the mind can't be infiltrated. Through dreams one can enter a mind and go deep inside it to steal an idea without leaving a trace. Such is the imagination of the brilliant Christoper Nolan who has presented it in an unbeatable fashion in his dream project, Inception (2012).

"I can access your mind through your dreams."
What is the most resilient parasite? An idea, as suggested by Dom Cobb while he answers his own question. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled extractor, who specializes in stealing ideas from people's minds in their dream states. His infatuation towards his skill cost him his love and he is forced to live out of his country and away from his family. His only goal is to regain his old life and in order to achieve that he agrees to do Saito's work of planting an idea in his competitor's mind. Saito (Ken Watanabe) is a wealthy businessman who doesn't want Cobb to steal an idea but plant one instead and in return offers him freedom to go back to his country. It might sound like an unimaginable concept but once you ride on this Inception train it keeps you more than occupied. Nolan has picked up a great cast to execute his inception to the masses as DiCaprio is very well supported by his team of trusted aides in Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Eames (Tom Hardy), Yusuf (Dileep Rao) and Ariadne (Ellen Page). Also shown from Cobb's past is his wife Mal (Marion Cottilard) who falls victim to the world of imagination which they had created together. Her presence is inseparable from his life as her memory becomes a big part of his thinking and she keeps showing up in his subconsciousness during his missions. Beside her interference Cobb's task also gets more challenging as his target, the heir of a major corporation Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) is trained against extractors and his mind is protected by his security. According to the characters an Inception was never done before but it wasn't impossible and Cobb went ahead with it despite the challenges as that was the only way for him to reunite with his family.

                 "Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up
that we realize something was actually strange."
               
The roles of all the characters in the movie are of critical importance to the basic theme of it and they have been delivered in style. DiCaprio is strong with his deep and grim character who is extremely talented in what he does but is unable to conquer his inner demons. Gordon-Levitt and Page are crucial to the mission and have both given praiseworthy performances. My personal favourite is Hardy who impresses with his easy going yet focused character and I enjoyed his acting the most. Nolan makes sure that the plot keeps growing and it gets more and more interesting as the minds travel into a dream within dreams. This makes it a complex viewing which needs undivided attention but the ever so brilliant script kept me occupied right till the end. In fact, after two and a half hours I did think that I could do with some more of Inception. This movie is based on a very unique concept and be it reality or a dream, it has planted a seed of joy in my mind for sure.

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