I have watched Inception a total count of four times so far. Not only is that about seven and a half hours’ worth of oogling at Leonardo Dicaprio, but also of viewing a spectacular film dealing with the human’s subconscious. “Inception” is about a spy named Cobb (Leo) who agrees in a deal to take on a highly dangerous job of entering dreams to extract information as well as perform “inception” in order to go back home to his children in America. He constructs a highly talented team to assist him with the task, but there’s a part of Cobb’s own subconscious that just may disrupt their plan for good.

The idea of inception and extraction through the subconscious and people interacting in their dreams are all very intriguing ideas, but not unheard of. However, the fact that they were able to pull this off realistically (in an ironic sort of way) in a movie is magnificent. Being able to change things in a fake reality however you want it? Move roads and make glass shatter and build a bridge simply by will? Innovative? Heck yes. As the team of dream experts are constantly trying to go deeper and deeper into their victim’s subconscious, Cobb himself has an inner battle going on within himself. What’s so crazy and brilliant about this is that while Cobb is the master at screwing around with minds, he can’t even control his own. 

The script is one of the most important factors in understanding this movie. Not only do the characters explain to each other (and thus to the audience as well) about the dream world (Aye! Who wants to take a vaca down in Limbo?), but constant repetition of the same motifs, in script as well as images (such as the spinning dreidel), helps everything make sense in the end. You don’t know why some characters whisper certain phrases like “take a leap of faith,” but as the plot develops and mysteries begin to unfold, there’s always a sense of deja vu that comes back. The words come to haunt us as they haunt the characters.

In addition, the visual effects are excellent and the action is non-stop. Without giving away too much, “Inception” definitely brings “fast-paced” up to a whole new level. You’ll jump at the edge of your seat, and drop your jaw without even knowing it. You become so connected with the characters and with who they are and their situations that it is nerve-wrecking, even mind-blowing, to constantly see them in danger. With every risk they take, you realize all the more how important this mission is, and how every one of them is willing to do anything to make sure that the team sees it through.

-Wendy Lu