Greetings, and welcome to Earthling Cinema
我是主持人 Garyx Wormuloid
I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid
This week’s artifact is Inception
starring hunky Renaissance painter Leonardo DiCaprio
and directed by his friend Chris
The film follows a human named Cobb
who uses a cybernetic briefcase to get inside people’s dreams and steal their brain goo.
The only problem: Cobb’s ex-wife Mal is always showing up and harshing his mellow
Typical mental projection of a woman.
But extraction is not enough for Cobb and his bros
The next big thing is inception,
or planting an idea in someone’s head
which is impossible for a species that can barely process ideas
But these guys wanna do it anyway
since they don’t give a f
And because a rich guy is paying them to
They assemble a crack team:
赌徒 宅男 书呆子 宅女
the jock, the nerd, the nerd, and the nerd
They catch up with their target, Fischer, on an aeroplane and roofie the shit out of him
The first dream level is a boring city street
They kidnap Fischer, and then Cobb accidentally summons a train
because he sucks at his job
So they hop down to the second dream level which is a swanky hotel
Alright, now you’re speaking my language
Figuratively, of course
Human vocal chords didn’t have the dexterity to actually speak my language
Cobb tells Fischer it’s a dream and convinces him he’s there to protect him
I’m the head of your security down here
so they all escape to a quaint ski chalet on the third dream level
The rich guy and Fischer get killed
sending them dancing down to Limbo
the secret fourth level
Cobb and the girl nerd chase after them
因为 妈的 反正他们已经陷的这么深
because shit, they’ve already come this far
Cobb reveals that he and Mal spent decades in Limbo back in the day
and it was there that Cobb incepted Mal and turned her crazy
Once back in the real world, she killed herself and framed him,
all in an attempt to force him to go back to Limbo with her
Wow, she must have really loved him in Titanic
The girl nerd kills Fischer
which for some reason sends him back up to level three
where he has a nice heart to heart with his mean old dad
They all use kicks to jump back up through the levels, except Cobb
who stays in Limbo to find the money man
He does, but he’s really old
even though Cobb hasn’t aged a day
Guess the rules of Limbo are more complicated than we thought
Especially because then they just wake up without having to go through all the other levels
但是 谁关心这个啊 他们是在洛杉矶醒来的
But who cares. They’re awake and in Los Angeles
the city where all dreams come true.
The inception works, and Fischer shuts down his father’s company to go join the ice capades.
That’s what I’m gonna do, uncle Peter
The money man clears Cobb’s criminal charges
allowing this suspected murderer to be reunited with his children.
He spins his dreidel
oh yeah, there’s a whole thing
but the movie ends before we can find out whether he wins any Hanukkah gelt
Inception explores the labyrinthine world of the human mind
so naturally it is very simplistic and easy to unpack
One important idea is dreams vs. reality
In Cobb’s memory, Mal is on the ledge across the street
How did she get there?
Is it because his memory has warped the event?
Or did she go to the trouble of accessing the corresponding room in a neighboring building
just for theatrical effect?
In the final scene, Cobb actually sees his kids’ faces
which seems to indicate that it’s reality
since he never could in his earlier projections
On the other hand, the kids don’t seem to have aged at all
So is it a dream… or is it real?
Or did his formerly faceless kids get new faces surgically attached?
Does Cobb actually make it back to reality at the end?
Was he dreaming the whole time?
Does he ever have that dream about showing up to the first day of school with all his tentacles exposed?
As the last shot suggests, it’s deliberately ambiguous
The film argues that in the face of uncertainty, one must take a leap of faith
So do you want to take a leap of faith…
take a leap of faith
Take a leap of faith
As philosopher Rene The Tart Descartes says
Unless you’re wiping that weird gunk out of the corners of your eyes
You never do that in dreams
But still, this leap of faith is why Cobb doesn’t stay to see if the dreidel stops spinning
Whereas before he would obsess over it with a gun in his hand
now he just lets it spin to its heart’s content
while he gets some QT with the pipsqueaks.
He no longer cares what’s real.
And neither does the audience
Yeah, I’m talking about you! Give yourselves a hand.
Ok stop, your moment is over
Inception cleverly draws a parallel between the logic of cinema and the logic of dreams,
and how watching a film is a kind of shared dream experience
In a chase sequence, Cobb nearly gets stuck in an alley that narrows to a point
a curiously ill-conceived design that heightens the cinematic conflict
It also taps into the idea of claustrophobia,
a common anxiety found in human dreams and nightmares
possibly from living in such a small galaxy
Next, the money man conveniently shows up in a car
What is he doing there?
Did they send him a pin or something?
But these kind of conveniences happened in Earth movies all the time
Furthermore, just a dream never starts at the beginning
a scene in a movie often starts in the middle of the action
You never really remember the beginning of a dream, do you?
You always wind up right in the middle of what’s going on
An audience accepts that a film may jump forward in time and cut to a new location
like an establishing shot or whatever
One must accept narrative ellipsis in order to become invested in the story
We bring the subject into that dream, and they fill it with their subconscious
Take me, for example. You only ever see me in this chair
but that doesn’t mean I’m just sitting here motionless in between videos, waiting for my next assignment.
Come on, is that all I am to you?
Alright, fair enough
凡人影院 我是Garyx Wormuloid
For Earthling Cinema, I’m Garyx Wormuloid
Sleep tight, And don’t let the space bugs bugged