I recently saw the movie Inception with some of my friends. It was actually the birthday of 1 of them and we usually have a bash in the adjoining weekend. Anyway, I didn’t know that I was gonna watch the first show on the first day. Basically I was watching the premiere for the common man. You see, i couldn’t make it to Los Angeles on the 14th on account of Leo not inviting me to the premiere. It could possibly because he doesn’t know of my existence. But I’m not complaining. 😛
Anyway, the movie was one of the best experiences i had. Leonardo De Caprio does a brilliant performance. So does everyone else. I didn’t know stories could get so complicated. I’m already hopeful that the script and direction get Oscars in 2011. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, i urge you to go to a theater and watch it. If you don’t get the plot, it’s OK. So did at least 50% of the people who saw it. You just have to watch it again.
The film explores the concept of dream sharing. Dom Cobb, the central character is a thief who steals secrets of very important people. He gets into a bit of trouble and all of his troubles will vanish if he can achieve the impossible. Inception.
Some of you will be running to check the meaning of inception about now. It means beginning, origin, creation etc.
***** Spoiler alert*****
Read no further if you haven’t seen the movie. It will inhibit your chances of having an independent opinion on the questions i ask.
Q1) How does shared dreaming work?
A) A machine is used in the movie to create a shared dream. The exact technology behind it isn’t explained, perhaps deliberately to create a sense of mystery in the viewers. All we know is, we switch on the button to dream.
Q2) How many people do you need to steal someone’s secret?
A) We would need a stealer( extractor); to steal it from within a safe or a bank in the dream, an architect; to create the entire dream scene and the physics in it. Other optional people would include a forger; who can transform his appearance inside the dream (the host shouldn’t know we are stealing the dream), and also someone to control the dream inducing machine.
Q3) Why do people who die in dreams wake up at the beginning of the movie and then when the Inception dream is created, they go to limbo?
A) This is due to the difference in the sedatives used in both cases. They are different in characteristics and hence different side effects.
Q4)How does a totem work?
A)It’s an object constructed by a dream invader. Only he knows its exact weight and composition and it will almost always have a fault in the real world, whereby the object would behave differently within a dream and reality. The object can be used to check if the dreamer is in the real world or in the dream world.
Q5) Why doesn’t the totem used by Cobb not stop spinning at the end of the movie?
A) THEORY A: It stops spinning, they just don’t show it.
THEORY B: Cobb is still dreaming. He has to kill himself to get out of the dream world like his wife. A fault with this theory is that the totem falls at the beginning of the movie. This can be explained by the fact that the totem was actually his wife’s and that he took a closer look thereby negating it’s effect.
THEORY C: The thing that i actually believe it is, that Nolan just wants to mess with my head.
Q6) Why is there a sudden loss of gravity in the level2 dream?
A) This is because, in the level1 dream, there is a freefall of the van from atop the bridge. In freefall, there is no gravity. This effect is shown in the next level of dream. I would like to pose you a question. Why doesn’t the loss of gravity reflect in level3?
All i can say is, the movie asks more questions than answering them.