While there are many parodies on the tubes that take on Inception’s famous trailer, this one by Atomic Productions is the best. And by the best, I don’t mean it doesn’t suck; it’s really well done.
via Bits and Pieces
Besides the obvious link between Edith Pilaf and the actress Marion Cotillard (Mal) somehow interweaving through the fantastic plot, YT user camiam321 noted the superb connection between Pilaf’s song and the Hans Zimmer theme also playing throughout. This is one well thought-out movie, damn if it ain’t.
Spoiler alert, again.
It’s been a long time since a film, a major Hollywood film at least, has sparked such a whirlwind of conversation about its meanings, its secrets, and trying to connect all the dots so as to traverse the maze like Christopher Nolan’s Inception has. I’ve wrangled with the details and rules set up by the movie, and it really is a maze. While debate rages on as to whether or not portions of the product are real, at this point I might as well say the whole movie is a story being played out in the mind of Amber Lamps.
NolanFans has a lot of us Totem Geeks asking, answering, and theorizing about it. As Anthony pointed out in the comments of my last post, there’s supposedly a distinction about Cobb that I’d missed, declaring distinction of dream state vs. reality.
There is one simple piece of information that proves this beyond a doubt. Cobb’s ring. Every time the movie presents Cobb as dreaming, he is wearing his ring. Every time he is presented as awake, he is not wearing his ring. This is something that Christopher Nolan did not just “Overlook”, this is actually the key to deciphering the true nature of the movie. The ring is Cobb’s true totem. And just for clarification, he is not wearing his ring when he gets off the plane until the end of the movie. Therefore the scene with his kids at the end is 100% real.
But, apparently his ring hand isn’t visible at the end. And I’d suggest that the reason it’s seen in dream states is because Cobb’s deepest subconscious feels like he’s still married. Not a totem, just a dead end in the maze. And then there’s the pleading from Mal and Grandpa for Cobb to come back to reality, not this crazy world where faceless corporate goons try (poorly) to gun him down.
Cinema Blend has had an open discussion of the questions raised, including one the commenters have yet to address:
Was Ariadne somehow aware of the numbers Fischer would come up with or did she change the hotel’s floor plan so that 491 would be below 528?
A: It seems impossible that they could have known in advance, they must have left a blank place in their design to be filled in with the numbers as they learned them. If anyone has any other theories on this, sound off in the comments!
At first blush, I’d argue that they needed Fischer to remember the numbers for the dream safe. But this, too is a dead end; Stage One Fischer uttered those numbers off the top of his head, and we never see Ariadne program Stage Two. Or does it go deeper?
There’s probably tons of blogs typing similar words right now, and understandable, as this movie has layers and figuring it all out is like navigating a plot maze, where everywhere you turn is a dead end. Saito, Limbo, Mal… the knowledge that Nolan leaves nothing to editorial chance, and therefore begs the structure of the first seconds through to Kyoto. I invite my readers to share their own ideas, even if you think it’s a straightforward dream heist movie.
In his insightful and detailed article, Never Wake Up: The Meaning and Secret of Inception, Devin Faraci explains the two things we must accept when considering Christopher Nolan’s film. The first thing is that the entire movie is a dream. Faraci points to the many clues that indicate Cobb as the dreamer, creating the entire fantasy in his subconscious. Take the scene of Mal’s death.
- note that when Cobb remembers her suicide she is, bizarrely, sitting on a ledge opposite the room they rented. You could do the logical gymnastics required to claim that Mal simply rented another room across the alleyway, but the more realistic notion here is that it’s a dream, with the gap between the two lovers being a metaphorical one made literal. When Mal jumps she leaves behind the top, and if she was right about the world being a dream, the fact that it spins or doesn’t spin is meaningless. It’s a dream construct anyway. There’s no way to use the top as a proof of reality.
Remember, the top is Mal’s totem, not Cobb’s.
After a second viewing for myself, I’m convinced of the argument… for the most part. I couldn’t spot any dead giveaways in the first act when they were supposedly awake, but they are peppered throughout the film. The ending was supposed to be real, right? Then what was Michael Caine doing there at the airport?
Faruci’s other point is the main thrust of his article; the whole stucture of Inception resembles the making of a movie, more precisely, a Christopher Nolan movie.
The heist team quite neatly maps to major players in a film production. Cobb is the director while Arthur, the guy who does the research and who sets up the places to sleep, is the producer. Ariadne, the dream architect, is the screenwriter – she creates the world that will be entered. Eames is the actor (this is so obvious that the character sits at an old fashioned mirrored vanity, the type which stage actors would use).
More deep thoughts about this unique film at CHUD.
A film I have been working on and off on since 2007. Wasn’t able to mold it into what I wanted, but at this point I am just happy to call it done. Regardless I am happy with how it has turned out. Please, Constructive criticism is welcome.
Very well, I have one comment. If the second half would have looked more like the first half, you’d have a complete piece. It resembles many of my more random dreams. Take that to the next level, and you’ve got Inception 2.
It truly was all and more than I expected. Possible second screening tomorrow or Sunday. I just simply can’t recommend it enough, especially to those tired of remakes, sequels, and otherwise mindless crap infesting the movies lately. Oh, and this is a shoe-in for multiple Oscar nominations, including acting, director, and picture. See it.
(Images: the coolest production company currently working, Warner Bros.)