I was 18 in 1999 when the Matrix blew my mind and made me question my perception of reality. ‘What is real? How do you define real?’, the wise Morpheus intoned, ‘If you are talking about your senses, what you can feel, taste, smell or see, then all you are talking about are the electrical signals interpreted by your brain’.
Whilst the difference between the real world and the dream world seemed obvious for Neo and his band of followers, for DiCaprio's character in Inception, the grip on reality is a very fine thread, liable to break at any moment.
As you purchase your ticket at the cinemas, the clerk really should say “That'll be $15.50 and two sleepless hours, thanks” — because there's no escaping that this film will leave your brain working at such a speed and your body coursing with adrenalin, that sleep is impossible. Catch an early session if you can! What will you be pondering in the warm darkness of your bedroom? Well, you'll probably be searching your memory for all the teeny tiny breadcrumbs of clues that were littered throughout this film, only to be woven into perfection at the completion of the movie. And perhaps you'll wonder, if in a dream you are able to feel, taste, smell and see a person for whom you yearn with your body and soul, whether you want to wake up?
The cast was faultless. Ellen Page (from Juno fame) was brilliant, DiCaprio was his usual awesome self, and Marion Cotillard (unknown to me) had the most piercing and haunting gaze. I can definitely recommend this film to all — but put your thinking caps on — this is not the flick to see when you have had a long day and are feeling a little weary. I may see you there for a second viewing..
Oh and check out this movie poster I found on my web-travels. Cool, eh?
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