Inception – a Review

Okay, I’ll admit it right off, Inception is not a horror film. It is, however, a Sci-Fi film. Albeit, not hardcore Sc-Fi, but it does deal with entering people’s dreams. With that said, Sci-Fi and Horror are at the core sisters to each other.. Thus we have GameMasters’ view of Inception.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the film Inception, directed and written by Christopher Nolan (of Memento, Batman, Dark Knight fame).
The Plot: In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one’s mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset.

Look, I’ve always been interested in dreams and what they mean. I’ve got a massive Dream Catcher, several books on interpreting dreams, and countless notebooks full of jotted down dreams and nightmares from my own mind (but now they could be of the influence of someone else..). In short, I got into this movie right off the bat. I’ve been at practice with myself for over 25 years learning how to control my own dreams. Sometimes I can, sometimes I cannot.

What Inception introduces goes beyond simply control of your own dreams. At some point in the future, as the Plot above suggests, there exists the technology to enter someone’s dreams and extract information. Moreover there exists the technology for several people to join together to share a dream.

Evidently the business of entering someone’s dreams to extract information is illegal and as such business opportunities exist. For Cobb, DiCaprio’s character, this is exactly what he does. He is supposed to be the best of the best at entering someone’s dreams and extracting that information.

A new opportunity is presented to him about inserting information into someone’s subconscious, this is the core of Inception.

There are many layers to this movie, and I’ll be the first to admit, you gotta pay attention! It’s clocks in at just over Two and a Half hours, so if you gotta go pee, I suggest you pee in your Coke cup. If you get the munchies, bring in some extra pop-corn or contraband candy. There is a lot going on here and you cannot miss even one second of it.

However, with it having such a complex storyline, it is surprisingly linear in explanation. My only complaint is that it should have been at least 6 hours longer. Character development was okay, Cobb was very well developed but not so much with the rest of the cast. The plot did not exactly keep me guessing, but the idea behind it is what drove it for me.

While the movie takes place within dreams I would have enjoyed seeing more of the fantastical side of that; in mine I can fly, I can teleport, I can create, when fighting someone I can trap them, etc. There are many situations in which a lot more could have been done with that idea. And of course the nightmare aspect. I would have loved to have seen them venture into the nightmare of someone. Inception 2 perhaps? I doubt that. Would be too much like my wait for Memento 2.

Yeah, I guess that’s where my mind can go wild, I see many more ideas to add on to it that the average screen watcher is willing to sit down and watch.

All in all, go out and see this movie. I’d pay full price to see it. In fact, I might just go do that again right now!

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