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‘Inception’ sounds even more awesome

The main premise of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Inception has been released with the help of the folks over at FirstShowing.com and the project just gets more and more exciting.  The premise for the film goes as follows:

“Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in an original sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. This summer, your mind is the scene of the crime.”

Not only does that sound like a total mindfuck, it sounds like a mindfuck that exists in a perfectly logical if fantastic reality, which is absolutely necessary for the story like this to work.  Great science fiction stories work by different sets of rules that allow them to probe narrative realms other genres cannot, but they still have rules.  Our minds need a degree of structure to follow even the most fantastical stories, and no one knows that better than the man who made the Batman universe utterly believable and brought viewers into a realistic turn of the 19th century where science and magic meld in The Prestige.   It sounds like the director is taking his keen sense for divining the credible in the impossible to a world that cinema has not yet explored on this scale.  He’s aiming to make the world of dreams a place where warring factions and cunning thieves can take their battles, and that is an incredibly promising premise for a big-budget film made by someone who knows as well as anyone how to use that kind of money.

July 16th can’t get here soon enough.

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