One of the few dreams that I can remember goes like this: I’m standing up in an airplane. I am about to go through a curtain, possibly into first class, when I turn around. I see my father, seated about halfway down the aisle behind me. He is calling to me, waving his hand, beckoning me to come to where he is. But of course I can’t. Wouldn’t be much of a dream if I could, I suppose. Not much to extract from that particular sedated situation, perhaps, but if trying to decipher between dreaming and reality is your thing, this neo-classic from the master himself is an objective must see. At least, like, eight times start to finish. At least.
Christopher Nolan has built a career on manipulating the imagination in new and fantastic ways. His seventh directorial effort does just that and more, in a mind-bending trip through the subconscious. A reality in which entering dreams is not only a possibility, it’s a next level tool in the art of thievery. The last safe haven of ideas protection has been compromised, with teams of people being able to infiltrate one’s dream-space and steal that which they have been tasked, or, extraction. The holy grail of this capability is planting an idea inside someone’s head, or inception. This leads to entering a dream, within a dream, within a dream… the best kind of complicated. The lure of not only being able to enter a dream world, but to reside there, forever creating your own universe is a powerful one. Reality is overrated…
Stellar cast, script, execution, everything. This piece of cinematic wonder requires multiple viewings, so writing about it during one seems futile. There are infinite ideas to dissect and deconstruct, including but not limited to a certain character’s name. Ariadne? Really? Sounds like a fairy tale spider, I had to double check the spelling just to be sure. Seems like a purposefully awkward name to choose for someone. Different, sure. Not really ever heard in a film before, yes. Greek and beautiful, OK. Still. Obscure naming aside, this is a true odyssey of the mind. Original, captivating, delivering on both the visual and cerebral levels. Philosophically mesmerizing, if that’s possible. When it comes to dreams, anything is, right? The airplane dream about my father may not have solved much, but remember: Just because you’re awake, that doesn’t mean someone else isn’t sleeping. And who knows what that could create?
directed by Christopher Nolan
written by Christopher Nolan
favorite line: “The dreamer can always remember the genesis of the idea. True inspiration is impossible to fake.” Arthur