Friday, September 30, 2011


Dreams within dreams within dreams. . . . In Inception, Dom Cobb is a thief.  He can break into your dreams and steal your secrets.  Questionable science, I know, but that's why they call it science fiction.  He is master of this art, and has a reputation as a sort of corporate dream raider.  When a client hires him not to steal a dream, but to plant ideas in a dreamer's dream, he takes the art to a whole new level.  It's all pretty far fetched, as the characters interact in dreams, essentially sharing one dream.  I had heard that Inception was confusing to follow with the interweaving dreams, but I didn't find it as confusing as silly.
This scene in a tumbling hotel was visually fantastic.
The special effects are pretty impressive.  It turns out that if your in the dream of someone riding in a van, and the van hits a rough road or gets rolled over, the world of the dream does likewise.  This presented challenges for the filmmakers, but some stunning visuals for the viewer.  Further, it seems that time passes slower in a dream, exponentially slower in a dream within a dream within a dream.  That makes for some interesting strategizing. 

The story of Inception is pretty interesting, with Cobb's family dynamics driving his work, and the victim's family dynamics playing into the job.  But the star of the movie is the special effects and the occasionally mind-bending dream-within-dream reality or unreality.  Like I said, it's not that confusing, but if you step out for a minute for popcorn, you might come back lost.

Bottom line, 2 1/2 stars.

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