Monday, May 19, 2014

Maria Lovelyn Joyce S. Quebrar
2013 – 01000


     Dreams. These, depending on what kind they are, can leave various impacts on the dreamer. As they are representations of the current situation, personality, and ambitions of the people experiencing them, they can be also used to define a person. However, if a person can dream within a dream within a dream, how can that define you?

     Despite being ultimately famous all around the world, I haven’t seen Inception before it was shown in my STS class. Still, being briefed of the main idea of the film, I wondered how they can portray in the movie such a difficult concept as dream within a dream within a dream. Inception is a 2010 British-American science fiction heist thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a professional thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. He is offered a chance of redemption as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

     First thing I can say is that Inception is a very intelligent film. It takes one person to use his/her wits to be able to grasp the meaning of the movie. It has a great combination of action, mystery, angst, brains, and friendship to boost the morale of the motion picture. The cast were also chosen well. DiCaprio has an undeniable talent of portraying his role as Dom convincingly, as well as the other characters. They made the audience hate his wife, Mal, in the first parts because she was believed to be the hindrance to Dom’s progress in life. However, it was later discovered that it was Dom who ruined her life, eventually leading to her committing of suicide. The idea of dreaming in several layers deep is likely to be impossible in real life as of now, but the movie showed that mankind has taken their leap in terms of technology, that shared dreaming was almost a common thing, and the architecture of the dream can be altered by a stranger. Foreign ideas can be also implanted under heavy circumstances and depending on their effects, can make or break a person. Very fictional yet seemingly realistic, that’s what Inception is.

     Another thing that you can notice in the movie is that it has a magnificent amount of digital effects that look almost naturally occurring. It would create a bad impact on the viewers if it used crappy CGIs. Furthermore, the sound effects, along with the graphics, brought out the emotions from the people watching. Every scene was appropriately equipped with the background, lines, and acting of the cast. Some scenes seemed like it was cut; however, it was done so to live up to the explanation that no person can remember the start of the dream or he/she entered it. Some plot holes are yet to be filled up, like how Dom and Mal started dreaming like that, and how they were separated from their children during the time they were dreaming. Also, the ending is very crucial especially to Inception fanatics, constantly debating whether the last part was all a dream or already a reality.

     Inception, as a movie, can be the start of a breakthrough in science. However, due to its capability of intruding the subconscious of a person in more ways than one, it is highly debateable whether it is of beneficial use to mankind or not. Therefore, in our current era where dreams are occurring naturally, let us not defy their purpose of creating a connection among the entire population of the world and foreseeing a possibility in the future. Who knows, in your next dream, you might be able to see your future lover or the answers in your next exams. That is, if you’ll be able to remember them.

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