In the movie ‘Inception
‘, Leonardo Di Caprio says, “A single idea from the human mind can build cities”. I say, ‘Christopher Nolan took up a bare idea and built an entire world of overlapping real & surreal for us to get amazed’. The story, written and directed by the master himself, revolves around the idea of getting into the subject’s subconscious world through his dreams wherein you can either plant an idea or steal a secret.
The movie consumes almost half its running time to explain whats possible and whats not around the concept of ‘Inception’. Once, this framework is established, the plot kicks off. Cobb (Leonardo Di Caprio) and his team take up the toughest job yet of their lives. Their mission would be to plant an idea into the mind of a business tycoon so that it makes an impact on the decisions he takes his real life.But now, life can never be that simple in a Chris Nolan movie, can it?
The job requires the team to get into 5 levels – each level meaning one dream inside another. Also factor in the concept of time dilation which means, every 5 mins of the first dream will roughly translate to 15 in the second and 45 in the third and so on. Just when they get started, they come under the firing of threats – people trying to kill the them in their dreams. As if this wasn’t enough, there is a dying man in the squad and our leading hero has his own guilt & psychological projections to confront at each step that threatens to sabotage the entire operation.
If you think, you were confused with ‘Memento’ wherein the same story was told back and forth in pieces. Wait till you watch Inception. Here you have 5 story lines comprising of the same people running in parallel at different locations and in different time frames. The complexity of the plot simply increases with each passing minute. But fortunately, every passing minute also pulls you further to the edge of the seat. And in the climax, you cannot help but fall back in amazement when everything falls into place perfectly.
I don’t know what yardstick to compare this movie with. I can simply say that ‘Inception’ does to your mind what ‘Avatar’ did to your eyes. If avatar was visual spectacle, Inception clearly is intellectual opulence.
It’d be unfair, if I just ask you to go and watch the movie. Instead, I urge you to go watch it at least twice. The first time to admire the overall awesomeness & the second time to relish the details.
My Rating: 4.5/5