What is “Inception”?

in·cep·tion (n-spshn)
The beginning of something, such as an undertaking; a commencement.
[Middle English incepcion, from Latin incepti, inceptin-, from inceptus, past participle of incipere, to begin, take up : in-, in; see in-2 + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

This was the title of a movie I watched recently. To be honest, we had no clue what we were going to see, except for the trailers showing Cobb (Leonardo di Caprio) and something about dreams. We got in around 5 minutes into the movie, by which time they were showing a city being mobbed by a horde of angry people. We could also see Leo, a Japanese guy and someone else in the picture. Needless to say, we were completely baffled about what was happening.

Then the real story began to evolve. ‘Inception’ was supposed to be a device which would permit one to share dreams with all connected to it. And (believe it or not) one hour in dreamland was supposed to be equivalent to 5 minutes in the real world. Hmmm…..all this seemed above-board and perfectly sensible. Now begins the fantasy part – in this movie, Leo was a man accused of murder, and that of his wife. Therefore, he was a fugitive from the law and trying to earn his living in other countries using Inception. His speciality was espionage.

The Japanese guy was the head of an energy corporation, and had a proposition to Cobb – that to influence the heir of another energy corporation  that was on the brink of being a monopoly in the energy business. His proposal was a simple one – influence the heir to break up his father’s energy empire, and Leo would finally be absolved of all charges and could return to the States to his kids.

Cobb decides to take up the challenge – and a challenge it was, since Inception was based on architecting the dream worlds and this particular mission required three layers of dreams – a dream within a dream within a dream. Kind of like a nested ‘if ….else if’ statement in computer parlance. This was a previously unattempted feat and any miscalculation could lead to the dreamers being killed.

Well, the rest of Inception shows the viewer how the dreams are constructed, one within the other, the dangers they encounter and the fears that pursue Cobb. It is a pretty interesting movie for those inclined towards science fiction and fantasy. It also makes up for great action sequences.

All the actors do justice to their roles, and my especial favourite was Joseph Grober-Levitt, the guy who plays   the role of Cobb’s most trusted friend, Arthur.

All in all, I would give this movie a 3 out of 5.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring : Leonardo di Caprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page


3 thoughts on “What is “Inception”?

  1. Didn't watch it yet. Heard a lot of good reviews.Wondering how you managed to see the movie with your lil' one… Is he silent or naughty like you? ;)Can't wait to see him. 😀

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