Inception 2010

Inception the complex work of Christopher Nolan. The entire film holds the idea of what if we could effect the subconscious and have control over it; having the power to create and what can be seen. The theory is held of “A dream, within a dream, within a dream” The film’s music by Hans Zimmer add’s to the entire feel of the movie that Nolan’s written and directed; the huge depth of instrumental’s that increase the science fiction thriller narrative to the film. The film is the 47th highest grossing film ever making $825,532,764.

The lead in the film is played by Leonardo DiCaprio a criminal mastered named Dominic Cobb; Cobb himself delves into the practices of using the subconscious or science of extraction that basically givens Cobb and his team the entry to enter a targets dream and take or plant information for opposition that hire Cobb and know about his practices. The main story of the film follows the plot of creating a triple layer dream into the mind of a Robert Michael Fischer (Cillian Murphy) the heir to a business empire who’s father is dying. Mr.Saito (Ken Watanabe) is a rival Japanese business man who wants the heir to dissolve his fathers company which Cobb does with his team. Cobb also has another agenda where he has a desire to connect back to the past and deal with the emotional guilt he has following the death of his wife who became troubled by the alternate dreams causing her to believe the real world was just another dream that had to wake up from. Cobb’s wife Mal (Marion Cotillard) plays a huge barrier between Cobb’s work as she tends to always be in his subconscious as she appears frequently in his dreams; Mal is extremely hostile to Cobb and usual try to ruin the dream due to the emotional guilt that is effecting Cobb.

The film itself is a play on what is real and what is in the mind; the final twist at the end leaves the viewer to debate where or not Di Caprio is in a dream or not; the audience is made aware of the fact that the small spinner that the character Cobb uses as a totem to verify the dream state is still spinning continuously when he goes out to join his children; a scene that he’s visualised a couple of times within the film. This raises a clear debate with many opinions.


In a recent interview Nolan himself has opened up about the ending scene and what he wanted to achieve from it.

The Guardian article

“The way the end of that film worked, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Cobb – he was off with his kids, he was in his own subjective reality,” said Nolan. “He didn’t really care any more, and that makes a statement: perhaps, all levels of reality are valid.”

The film-maker used the spinning-top puzzler to make the point that reality and dreams do not exist in mutual isolation. “In the great tradition of these speeches [to undergraduates], generally someone says something along the lines of ‘chase your dreams’, but I don’t want to tell you that because I don’t believe that,” he said. “I want you to chase your reality.”

Nolan added: “I feel that, over time, we started to view reality as the poor cousin to our dreams, in a sense … I want to make the case to you that our dreams, our virtual realities, these abstractions that we enjoy and surround ourselves with, they are subsets of reality.”

I really enjoyed the film I’ve seen it a couple of times before the talk about it in class so knew the points that would addressed; in the lecture Pascal spoke about the connection inception has to 8 1/2 and even used the idea that if 8 1/2 wasn’t created that Inception would be from the clear reference’s both films have together. The dream within a dream from both films we are made to question the reality of the film.


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