Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a sci-fi criminal who, with the help of a team of sleep experts, works his way into people’s subconscious in order to steal their most valuable assets: their ideas. In his last assignment, he’s asked to do the opposite, which is to plant a foreign idea into someone’s mind.
Pretty simple, right? Oh well, not really. Stuff gets so out of order and realities so blended together that you might end up unsure of what you’ve just seen. I know I needed at least one more viewing of the movie to half-grasp the mixed up events that take place with apparently no logic or order. It’s a complicated movie but once you <get> it, it’s quite simple.
<Paradox.> Arthur, played by Joseph Gordon Levitt, evokes it multiple times in Inception. Which, of course, it’s not hazardous, because that’s what Inception is- a paradox in its purest form. For decades no blockbuster had dared to dive into such a surreal, crazy, multiply deranged universe… the human brain.
Cause Inception is indeed a blockbuster, a “popular” movie, a “successful” movie, though it follows a completely different recipe that the one we’re used to when it comes to Hollywood <hits>. I mean, it has been compared to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey for Christ’s sake!
So how did this happen? How did a movie that envelops the reader in different layers of reality, who constantly baffles him with architecturally complicated mental constructions, became such a hit? At first I was having problems figuring it out, but the answer hit me one evening, as I was walking home. It’s love. Love is the answer, as mushy it may sound. Nolan is a terribly smart director. He knew exactly how to play his cards. Inception functions precisely thanks to the hurtful love that exists between DiCaprio and his ghost wife. This is the voice-over.
Despite the story’s undeniable strength and mastery, Nolan’s mental Rubik’s cube doesn’t revolve around the idea of <inception>, like the appearances and even the linearity of the film wish to make us believe. But around the destroyed and destructive love that the anti-hero feels towards his dead wife. The cold and mathematical beauty of Inception is evened by the character’s warmth, his desperately melancholic aspect: the inevitable mourning of a chimerical knight.
The fact of the matter is that we can see in Inception whatever our brain wants to see: that’s the key of the movie. You can even see it as a mere blockbuster, like the Twilight Saga or Transformers, a source of good entertainment. The real effect of the movie is, however, being felt by your subconscious. You might forget the movie the next day. Just like a dream. But trust me, deep inside your mind, you won’t.