Although it didn’t win the Golden Globe for best picture, the movie Inception written and directed by Christopher Nolan stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, as seen in Juno, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the cast and had some great special effects. The film has been nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Visual Effects, and Best Motion Picture of the Year.
In the movie Inception Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb and along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur, trains Ellen Page as Ariadne to design maze like settings and travel into people’s dreams. As a lot of the film was spent inside someone’s dream, anything could happen and a lot of weird stuff did. What were some of the best scenes? Here are some of my favorites. Warning, may contain spoilers.
The Folding City
The mid-air explosions of books and fruit stands at the beginning of Ariadne’s dream experiences was interesting. Shortly after, in one surreal scene, as seen in the commercial trailers and movie poster, part of the city rolls over and folds on top of itself. Cars can be seen driving up side down. Even though they were covered by the street and buildings of the city, and could see people walking on the streets above them, it looked like the sun was still shining down on the main characters below. That didn’t make a lot of sense, but anything can happen in a dream.
The Impossible Staircase
Another scene with Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows the Penrose Stairs, or impossible staircase, that goes continually up, or down. An overhead view is shown. After the characters Ariadne and Arthur travel up the continuous stairs for a while they come to a steep drop, shown in a side view of the staircase. This shows how the optical illusion might be created in 3D real life, and look like the drawing, at least from one angle, as shown by the overhead view. I like to imagine how 2D optical illusions would look like as 3D constructions so this was an interesting scene to see.
The Weightless Scene
Another confusing scene near the ending involves cutaways to different settings of dreams inside dreams and where time travels at different speeds. One scene takes place inside a building, another take place outside. The indoor scene involves weightlessness and a floating fight. This seen was interesting to see Arthur with agility, as he carries out part of the complicated plan. In addition, parts left the viewer wondering which level down they were in the multilayered dream, how much time they had left, how much was the dream, and what was actually going on in the character’s real life.
Confusing and complicated at times, the movie Inception was interesting to watch. The folding city, Penrose Stairs, and the weightless scene were some scenes that I thought had the best special effects. What were your favorites?
watching the movie Inception
Inception on IMDB