Easily the most clever movie I've ever watched, and the highlight of my month (on the very last day of it, too). This is going to be a very hard post to write, since I want to rave but not spoil it for anyone, but I'll try my best.
First off, Inception is not a light-hearted movie. Not at all. It's not a movie you can watch while chatting to someone via sms or surfing the Net or whatever, no; Inception requires your full attention, as well as attention to detail in order for you to fully grasp what's happening. And, so you don't get lost in all those details, you have to keep reminding yourself about their mission.
Inception tells the story of Dom Cobb, a thief of sorts who is able to extract information from people's subconscious by entering their dreams. Saito, a Japanese businessman, seeks him out to hire him for a job that is thought by many to be impossible: plant an idea in someone's mind instead of take it. Realising that it is a preposterous idea, Saito makes Cobb an offer he can't refuse in exchange for the inception.
Cobb accepts and assembles a team of five -- Ariadne, a college student who is the architect of the dream the team is going to enter; Arthur, Cobb's partner in charge of research; Eames, a cheat at poker who is able to take the form of other people in dreams; Yusuf, a chemist who formulated the sedative to keep the dreamers under for as long as necessary; and Cobb himself.
Together, they train the young Ariadne and plan their mission. Saito's and therefore their target is Robert Fischer, the heir of a company rival to Saito's. The team is to put the idea of breaking up his father's empire into the younger Mr. Fischer's head. It is agreed that inception cannot be done on a superficial level, and that they have to go deeper in order for the idea to take; what the team has to do is create a dream within a dream within a dream.
At the last minute, Saito insists that he come along, lest he be deceived about the success of the inception. The team isn't happy, but they are powerless to stop him. The six of them, thanks to Saito having bought an entire airline, manage to get Mr. Fischer alone on a first-class flight and infiltrate his dreams. Then begins the delving into deeper and deeper layers, and I should stop now because you really need to watch this yourself.
If you haven't already, go watch Inception! Everyone I know who's watched it -- really, everyone, I'm not exaggerating -- says it's really good...even the ones who didn't understand it.
P.S. When Joseph Gordon-Levitt first came on the screen, I couldn't remember where I'd seen him before and kept thinking he was Heath Ledger. Then I reminded myself that Heath Ledger is dead. They look so much alike! (That's Joseph on the left and Heath on the right. RIP, Heath.)
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SO COBB WAS IN A DREAM AFTER ALL. HIS WIFE WAS RIGHT. OHMYGOODNESS.
You know, I figured out that that was what was going on when Cobb dropped the spinning top after washing his face in the sink at Yusuf's spooky sleeping chamber. Unless I'm severely mistaken, you never get to see whether the top stops spinning or not; the camera pans away, he gets distracted, he stops it himself, or it falls. We were told it was Mal's totem, but I guess it works the same way for him. Makes you wonder if he knew all along, since he was always spinning it.
The one on the right looks quite like the totem.
(From Grand Illusions.)
Another thing I don't get is how he and Saito managed to come back from limbo. I thought if you were stuck there, you were stuck there. Wasn't that what all of them were so afraid of when they first found out? Or was it just that you get stuck there for a really long time ('really long' meaning decades) before returning to reality?
So that's what I thought of Inception. What did you think?