I was finally able to watch this most talk about movie here in this side of the world. Others say you have to watch it twice before you understand the whole story. Others say you won’t distinguish which is which, reality and dream. Others say don’t you dare blink or you won’t be able to fully grasp the whole plot.

Armed with what others say, my colleague and I brave ourselves to Greenbelt to watch it. And yes, we didn’t dare talk during the whole time although I was occasionally by the husband’s SMS.

Here’s the plot summary which I grab here.

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

No worries, I won’t post the full synopsis here. I don’t want to spoil others who haven’t seen it. Otherwise, go here and read it.

A few of my favorite lines:

Cobb: Never recreate from your memory. Always imagine new places.


Cobb: What's the most resilient parasite? An Idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules. Which is why I have to steal it.


Cobb: Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.


Cobb: I can access your mind through your dreams.


Cobb: The seed that we planted in this man's mind may change everything.


Cobb: You see, I think negative emotions are always trumped by positive emotions.


Ariadne: [contemplating her totem] An elegant solution for keeping track of reality.


Saito: Dare you take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone.

I’d dare say that until now, my mind is still in its own work to remember the movie and finally decide which of the scenes were reality and were dreams. Dream within a dream within a dream within a dream within a dream. I might need my own totem now. Enough said! I’m crazy!

Note: You may want to read this very interesting review of the movie here.


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