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Old July 19 2010, 10:37 PM   #121
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The train barrelling through the street definitely hinted at that kind of crazy juxtaposition of ideas, but I would have loved to have seen a lot MORE of that in the movie myself.
I'd have to agree with you. I was expecting more bizarre imagery, but then again, this is Nolan. This is the most bizarre and visually wild movie he's ever done. He's usually pretty sane with his approach to his visuals.

I think I was honestly expecting more creative action sequences like the hallway sequence. However, I wonder if we saw too much bizarre imagery and too much of those weird dream state visuals that it would become stale after a while? If anything, Inception leaves you wanting more of that, which is much better than wanting less of.
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Old July 19 2010, 11:11 PM   #122
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The train barrelling through the street definitely hinted at that kind of crazy juxtaposition of ideas, but I would have loved to have seen a lot MORE of that in the movie myself.
I'd have to agree with you. I was expecting more bizarre imagery, but then again, this is Nolan. This is the most bizarre and visually wild movie he's ever done. He's usually pretty sane with his approach to his visuals.

I think I was honestly expecting more creative action sequences like the hallway sequence. However, I wonder if we saw too much bizarre imagery and too much of those weird dream state visuals that it would become stale after a while?
It'd start looking like dreams I actually have.

I guess if I was going to criticize the idea for its realism it'd be that dreams simply don't work this way. The idea of the film of elaborately built architecture and a distinction between that and the people in the dreams is cute, but... my dreams involve stuff like buffalos standing on the land in the place of a tree (which then ate me), or a giant white whale eating my family after they've driven into the ocean. Or when I entered a lucid dream and, becoming deathly afraid I was about to be eaten by a polar bear, I was eaten by a polar bear.

In retrospect my childhood dreams seemed to dislike the idea of being eaten by exotic animals.

And that's sort of what fascinates me about dreams. I'm lured to the siren call of impossibility; of worlds that cannot be and never would be - it's really why I'm a science fiction fan. I dream these things; and then I search the real world for anything remotely approximating my dreams of massive, grimy industrial worlds of green; or blue/purple gauze of perpetual twilight.

Sure, a related issue is whether dream worlds can be real or not, often related in the writings of a certain sci-fi author, but consider how bizarre, how weird, and how memorable the crumbling realities of Philip K. Dick can be - autofac ersatz realities that mix surreal elements with Californian settings.

Anyway, I never have dreams as vivid, lucid and rational as all the dreams depicted here and I never have dreams as coherent in visual structure - I don't have whole buildings you can walk around in and have another point of view; they're all very blurry and bizarre and odd. There wouldn't be one room to stand in, let alone a whole building, and I doubt a distinction between people and buildings would count for much.

However. Inventing rules for the rule-less thing that is the dream world is integral in making the entire premise of the film work and I didn't begrudge it that aspect. One suspends disbelief in far greater ways for say, space opera.

And that said, the film works admirably on its own merits. It made me think of Shutter Island, another film with Leonardo DiCaprio and uncertain realities and the disturbed DiCaprio having a nebulous relationship with a dead woman. I eat this stuff up, and I sure as hell enjoyed Inception's kick. (A double meaning?) It's very Nolan - puzzle obsessed, clinical, feeling solidly grounded for all its fantasy - and as such, very good.
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Old July 19 2010, 11:18 PM   #123
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I don't know. My own dreams are fairly mundane. There can be surreality, but it's the sudden change in place or people swapping in and out surreality, not blatant Dali-style stuff like you're describing. I can only remember one off-hand that was even close to the city folding in over itself (the undertow of a large boat in the water feature behind my house pulled the ground out from under it, so the house capsized in the water and I had to rock it back right-side up. See, that even had a rational underpinning).
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Old July 19 2010, 11:24 PM   #124
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I don't know. My own dreams are fairly mundane. There can be surreality, but it's the sudden change in place or people swapping in and out surreality, not blatant Dali-style stuff like you're describing.
Let me put it this way.

I can more than believe, for the sake of argument, people have dreams like Inception - mundane dreams full of specific details and entirely built out and mapped out worlds.

The thing is, the film works on the assumption all dreams are like this. The possibility you'd enter a Dali painting never seems to cross anyone's mind - or, assuming they can control the 'architecture', who's to say he doesn't populate it with armies of rampaging werewolves?

The dreams in Inception are by definition strongly grounded in reality, and while the rules of physics can be bent, they can't break - you've got to reason out physical rules in a dream world to create the kick when it's weightless.

I'd never be able to dream something that complex, and also I once had a flying dream where I levitated by spinning my arms.
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Old July 19 2010, 11:24 PM   #125
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In retrospect my childhood dreams seemed to dislike the idea of being eaten by exotic animals.
Lol, I'm glad I wasn't the only one. I was constantly having dreams of being chased around by lions and bears and scary monsters trying to eat me.
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Old July 20 2010, 01:56 AM   #126
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Plenty of dreams I've had have involved places that I've never been and don't exsist or just completely wild interpretations of how I "thinK" certain places might look. I had a dream once where I was captain of an aircraft carrier and the insides of it were some vauge mash-up of Kirk's Enterprise, Picard's Enterprise, and the submarine from "Crimson Tide."

My dreams have made up people I've never met, mashed together the two houses I lived in-growing up into one and other things that I think this movie got nicely in telling us how "dreams work." (Or seem how they work too us.)

I loved stuff like that in this movie. There's countless dreams (pretty much all of them) I recall where I've found myself in a completely mundane world that just seems as much like the "real world" as it can be and everything is normal. Somewhat crazy things are happening but as far as I know everything is at it should be even though, as Leo gave us in this movie, I've no memory of how I got to where I was or why I was there.

I loved the compounding dream time "dilation" which I thought was just wild, incorporating things going on in the real world (or in this movie's case the "upper level" from how deep they are in the dream levels) like music or sounds into the dreams, falls not killing you but just waking you up, etc. These are all things I've experienced in dreams.

Wild, wild stuff and this movie pulled it off nicely.

I also liked how Leo told Ellen that if she changed things too much, too often, and too bizarrely it'd tip people off that they weren't in reality. To not use "real places" as the person may see something off if they know the place well enough, etc. All stuff that just clicked and made sense to me.

Awesome movie, can't wait for the DVD.
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Old July 20 2010, 02:24 AM   #127
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Wouldn't it be hilarious if half the prints showed the top wobbling and half didn't?
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Old July 20 2010, 02:51 AM   #128
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Often in my dreams locations change in an instant and it doesn't feel odd.

The dream I have a lot (which I hear is quite common) is that I'm still in school and there's a class I haven't gone to in a month. I graduated college years ago but I still have the dream often.
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Old July 20 2010, 03:10 AM   #129
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I loved it.
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Old July 20 2010, 03:14 AM   #130
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Someone said that these people are lucid dreamers (clearly this is true for the team, not necessarily true for the target, but possible). Their goal is to get mental elements (memories, secrets, etc.) represented in the dream state as real, accessible objects. To me it makes sense that they would want the dreamworld to be mostly normal. It wouldn't do to try to be breaking into a safe to get business secrets if the building suddenly morphs into an elephant and goes crashing into a wall of strawberries or something. They want everything controlled and normal so they can manage the activities in the dream world.
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Old July 20 2010, 03:34 AM   #131
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Often in my dreams locations change in an instant and it doesn't feel odd.
Exactly, happens to me quite often too. Suddenly everything is different and, somehow, it seems perfectly natural and normal.

The dream I have a lot (which I hear is quite common) is that I'm still in school and there's a class I haven't gone to in a month. I graduated college years ago but I still have the dream often.
I've dreams often that I'm going back to school (as in high-school) when I wake-up from the end of Summer vacation, a weekend, or some other reason and I think about whether I know my locker combo, which class I have and when, etc. It's pretty messed-up esp. when I wake up and realize, hey, I'm 32 and haven't been to school in almost fourteen years!

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Old July 20 2010, 03:47 AM   #132
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Often in my dreams locations change in an instant and it doesn't feel odd.
Exactly, happens to me quite often too. Suddenly everything is different and, somehow, it seems perfectly natural and normal.

The dream I have a lot (which I hear is quite common) is that I'm still in school and there's a class I haven't gone to in a month. I graduated college years ago but I still have the dream often.
I've dreams often that I'm going back to school (as in high-school) when I wake-up from the end of Summer vacation, a weekend, or some other reason and I think about whether I know my locker combo, which class I have and when, etc. It's pretty messed-up esp. when I wake up and realize, hey, I'm 32 and haven't been to school in almost fourteen years!

Heheh. Yeah, I still get the high school dream too but it seems that college is the stronger one for me. Probably because of all those math and accouting classes I took. I hate math.

You mentioned you were trying to remember what you locker combo is. This seems to be a common thread. In my dreams, I keep thinking there's a class I need to take to graduate and then wondering if I really took the class. Because in the dream, I hadn't been to that class in a month.

Work is something I dream of too. I had a dream I went back to the bowling alley I used to work for years ago. The place was completely different looking. It wasn't the bowling alley. I knew this even in the dream but to me, there was nothing wrong. It was the bowling alley. Just recently, I had a dream I was going to a retirement party for two people I used to work with at the bowling alley and the guest list included people from my current job. But it all felt natural.

Anyway, just me rambling.

I said it before but I loved the point they raised when they said you can never remember how a dream started. You're just plopped down in the middle of the action.
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Old July 20 2010, 04:15 AM   #133
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I've had more than a few "high school dreams" where I walk into a class that's already in session, I'm aware that it's deep into the school year yet, somehow, I've never been in the class before and am worried about how fallen behind I am in it.

And, of course, I've had plenty of the old "showing up someplace public naked" dreams, I've had dreams from a movie viewer's POV, i.e. it wasn't from my prespective, I've had dreams where I wasn't myself but someone else entirely including being a woman, Captain Picard, Counselor Troi and on a couple occasions an animal or animal/human mix.

I think if Leo and Ms. Page were to enter my dreams they'd freak out and kill themselves as quickly as possible, I'm pretty messed up in there.
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Old July 20 2010, 04:47 AM   #134
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To me it makes sense that they would want the dreamworld to be mostly normal. It wouldn't do to try to be breaking into a safe to get business secrets if the building suddenly morphs into an elephant and goes crashing into a wall of strawberries or something. They want everything controlled and normal so they can manage the activities in the dream world.
Plus, as Cobb pointed out to Ariadne in the film, doing a lot of that stuff from the architect's standpoint (Arthur also seemed handy at doing some of the creative tricks too, so it's unclear if this is a general skill or one normally used by the architect) raises the target's subconscious awareness of the intruders. Dreams may have a more surreal quality than the real world, but often even in dreams we have enough of an awareness to tell that something is weird. We just accept it more readily in that state.

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Also the vault where Fisher saw his father in the Alpine Hospital reminded me a lot of a Holodeck.

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Old July 20 2010, 07:51 AM   #135
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My guess was that weirdness was ok, but weirdness from an outside source was not. You may remember your childhood home as being three stories so you'd accept it, but if someone else did it your mind may find that strage and unwelcome.

Also I figured that the dreams were more grounded in reality because the targets would be more readily willing to create the real world information in a real world setting or a setting they understood. So if they were flying around in a floating castle made out of marshmallows, when they finally broke in to the gummy safe all they may find is the recipe to make rice crispy penises.
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