“Inception” has viewers guessing ― dreams vs. reality

Movie Review


Directed by Christopher Nolan

2010, PG-13, 140 mins.

If you like action and suspense packed with a mind-blowing plot then Christopher Nolan’s new film “Inception” is the one to watch. From beginning to end “Inception” has viewers guessing about what’s real and what’s not.

The beefy plot makes one recall the popular 1999 film, “The Matrix.”

In “Inception,” characters are mostly in a dream state hooked up to IVs while another is awake to monitor them as they sleep. The film’s star, Leonardo Di Caprio, plays Cobb, who is hired to get in the head of a young business man while he sleeps.

Cobb is accused of killing his wife in the movie and is in exile from the United States. He’s on the run and his number one goal is to do whatever it takes to get back to his two young children.

He takes on this high-risk mission to plant an idea in a young man whose father just died. The father ran some huge profit-making corporation and Cobb is hired to get into the head of the son and make him take over the empire and hopefully crumble it altogether.

Throughout the film, Cobb assembles a team of dream hackers that include a dream architect, a chemist to produce a powerful enough sedative to keep them under and a forger who impersonates an uncle close to the young man in order to manipulate his thoughts.

There are even times when Cobb’s team goes further into a dream within a dream.

There is plenty of action and intense scenes in the film including one where as time moves in reality those in a dream state lose all sense of gravity. This particular scene is by far the best and most exciting.

Similar to “The Matrix,” where the bad guys were the “agents,” in “Inception” the main characters deal with agents of their own known as the “projectors,” which are people in the dreamer’s subconscious out to kill.

There are all kinds of puzzles and scientific elements portrayed in the film including mathematical equations, architectural constructions and physics concepts. It’s all very intriguing.

The film overall was well acted and also stars Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine and Pete Postlewaite.

There really isn’t one boring moment in the film, which is a long 140 minutes.

“Inception” definitely has you guessing and may even confuse you at times but as Cobb’s mission escalates viewers hope he and his dream team are successful.

This is one of those movies that have you twisting and turning may leave you guessing.

Overall it’s worth watching and viewers may have to see it twice to understand all the ins and outs.

One thing for sure is that after seeing this movie and when you go home to sleep later you’ll definitely wonder what yours dreams really mean. You’ll wonder if someone is hacking them and planting ideas in your subconscious.

But don’t worry there’s no Freddy Kruger in this movie.

Sweet dreams.




Pepe Lozano
Pepe Lozano

Chicagoan Pepe Lozano was a staff writer with the People's World through 2014. He comes from an activist family and has lived on the city's southwest side in a predominantly Mexican-American community his whole life. Lozano now works as a union organizer.