Early Basic Plot Details Revealed for Chris Nolan's Inception
Your mind is the scene of the crime. Up until this point we haven't known anything at all about the plot of Christopher Nolan's new action movie Inception, besides that it's sci-fi and "set within the architecture of the mind." The first teaser trailer hit yesterday morning but still left everyone with questions, as it was short and very vague, which is exactly what I like to see. However, our friend Kris Tapley at In Contention has revealed some actual plot details for Inception that come directly from the screenplay. I'm personally a big stickler about not ruining the experience of a movie, so I've pulled only the spoiler-free parts of his article.
So what is Inception about? Dreams. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb, a "CEO-type" of a company that has designed a way to enter people's dreams. He is also somewhat of a criminal, using that ability to extract and implant information. Ellen Page plays a college student studying in Paris who is a part of his team (along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy). This team "creates" the dreams and Page is an architect or engineer of them. The way the enter the dreams is through an injection (not a machine) and the technology can be transported in a suitcase, which means they can do it almost anywhere (which should be cool).
Cillian Murphy plays a businessman who is soon going to become the head of a company. Cobb wants to insert "an idea into Fischer’s mind to compel him to separate the company into two smaller companies." That gives you a sense of the kind of power they have - which is why this is such an intriguing concept. The other big key character is Ken Watanabe, who is blackmailing Cobb. Beyond that, and to stay out of spoiler territory, we're not really sure what his involvement or motive is, but he is the closest to a villain in the movie. Additionally, Marion Cotillard plays Cobb's wife, who causes some trouble, which we won't get into.
That's all I think anyone needs to know going into this. Much like The Prestige, another one of Nolan's brilliant movies, I went into it knowing nothing about the plot and was glued to my seat the entire time because it takes so many twists and turns over time and I loved trying to figure it out as it played out. My hope is to do the same with Inception. I know some big spoilers will probably start popping up, but for your own sake and for Christopher Nolan's sake, I really hope you don't read them. All great movies like this are truly best experienced when you don't know much about the plot besides the basic premise. Sound good?