Movie Inception: a mystery that wants to be solved
If you're tired of the movie gum we're traditionally treated to every summer, "Inception" could be a great outlet for
Mystery movies come in many forms. There are those after which the viewer is left in complete bewilderment and with a feeling of personal intellectual inferiority. Such cinema as a minimum creates an impression of a waste of time, as a maximum it irritates and makes you scold 'bloody abstruse filmmakers'. The mystery of "Inception" is from another category.
More precisely, there are at least two mysteries here. The first is the title, which in the Russian distributors' interpretation blends in no way with the plot of the film. Well, yes, the English "Inception" may indeed be translated as "beginning", but it doesn't reflect the essence of the movie and, in addition, suggests unwanted associations with the previous work of director Christopher Nolan ("Batman: Inception"). Believe me, this film has nothing in common with the superhero saga about the Bat-Man.
The plot unfolds around a group of thieves who operate not in material reality, but in dream territory. A talented Mr. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) penetrates into the consciousness of a dreamer and steals his secrets or, on the contrary, puts someone else's idea there, and it gradually becomes obsessive and subsequently rules all the thoughts of the "victim". This is how thought is born - and this, by the way, is another variant of the translation of "Inception".
The other mystery - this time created not by our translators but by the screenwriter, again played by Nolan - is the plot. Much to the delight of clever (but not "AWESOME") movie lovers, it is complex enough to keep the viewer's attention for the entire 2.5 hours - and at the same time simple enough not to lose that attention by failing to dig into the plot twists. And even if at some point you miss a line of events - and they replace each other with an amazing speed for this kind of cinema - there's always a chance to grab hold of it in the next episode. Because everything that happens on the screen is subject to logic - not the whim of the screenwriter or some mythological "artistic necessity" - and the scenes are lined up one after another with almost architectural precision.
By the way, the theme of architecture is the leitmotif of the whole Inception. Just as the characters construct the space of their dreams, creating skyscrapers, bridges and labyrinths, the film gradually builds into a clear structure that leads the viewer down the stairs. Each rung is the answer to a question. And at the same time a new riddle, the solution to which lies one rung lower. And so it goes until the very end, or rather, until the beginning, because the film's finale actually brings us back to the beginning of the story.
Overall, the mystery of The Beginning is something to be solved: it doesn't bring boredom with its pretentious intellectuality, but rather challenges the viewer with an enticing way of thinking, say, shall we compete with our brains, or what? And you'd like to compete, you understand during the film that all clues are in fact hidden on the screen and one only has to take a closer look and everything will come to its senses. Admittedly, "The Beginning" seems to be one of the few films I want to watch again, and with as much attention and tension as the first time.
In terms of purely visuals rather than plot, Nolan has turned out a very balanced film. Along with mind-blowing plot twists there is enough blatant action, paradoxical play with space and reality, intrigue and melodrama, and, of course, beautiful special effects. At the same time one does not contradict the other: all visual experiments perfectly fit into the concept of dream architecture and paradoxes of human consciousness, and it's not just beautiful, it's striking in every sense.
And most importantly, all this logical beauty is diluted with simple and comprehensible dramatic lines - a traditionally touching love story; the main character's digging himself up and feeling of guilt; a glorification of simple family values and even some kind of generational conflict. Tired of watching the heroes galloping from one reality to another? Let it rest while watching the amorous adventures of Leo DiCaprio. Tired of listening to verbose explanations of the mechanics of sleep? Admire the scene of a despotic father bidding farewell to his unloved son.
In general, get ready for the fact that after watching "Inception" (or, let's speak correctly, "Inception") you yourself will become a victim of the charming and slightly psychotic Mr. Cobb. The mystery idea Nolan put into his creation is essentially simple, but it's no less haunting and infectious. And that is why such a beginning cannot have a sequel: then all the magic of this "puzzle within a puzzle" would be lost.
And of course without the trailer)) I personally liked it!
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