Cobb is an interesting man, with a very unorthodox job. Corporations play him and his team to enter into people’s dreams, and whilst in the subjects dream, use what ever knowledge they’ve gathered to convince the subject to divulge what ever secrets they want to know.
Of course, not everything always goes to play and Cobb’s latest job is going south in a big way – so much so that the subject his team was tasked to steal secrets from manages to out wit them and track them down in real life.
This is very bad for business.
However, the subject doesn’t want revenge – which in the high stakes world of corporate espionage usually means a bullet in the back of the head – the subject want’s to employ Cobb and his team, not to steal, but to perform an inception.
Cobb being the egotistical one – and leader of the team – is confident that he can pull off an inception, something no one had ever been able to do before. An inception is the opposite of stealing people’s inner most secrets, it’s a way of planting an idea in the subjects mind that will grow in such a way that they will eventually do something that you want them to do, all the while believing that it was their idea.
Inception however takes a lot more effort than your average dream stealing escapades and comes with a huge degree of risk.
What Inception the film is, is a blend of thriller and science fiction set in a cut-throat world of corporate espionage gone hyper.
The invasion of people’s dream states has caused companies to enable counter-espionage measures into their top echelons ream sates, and this is where Inception really kicks into high gear.
After a mind bending introduction, Cobb has to recruit a new member of the team – this is where the film slows down momentarily – but only for people who’ve already seem the film – before going into overdrive as the team kicks off their attempted inception.
When you’re entering into the subterranean world of dream state, going through multiple levels of dreams, the plot is able to twist and turn like an LSD induced trip. In the hands of the very able writer and director Christopher Nolan, this is a fantastic tool for creating a very believable concept that literally blows your mind, whist at the same time getting your adrenaline pumping so hard you’re in mortal danger of overdosing.
Of course, there is a lot more to Inception than just a running gun battle through some poor suckers mind. Like the Matrix, there are very real repercussions if things go wrong in a dream invasion, and when you add to the mix Cobb’s little secrets that makes him one very unstable individual, you know you’ve got an enthralling ride ahead of you.
Reviewed by: Jonathan