How many times have you seen “Inception”? We hope your answer is, at the very least, “Twice! And it rocked both times!”
Christopher Nolan’s dream-bending thriller is simply a film that demands multiple viewings, not because it’s incomprehensible the first time around — it’s actually and remarkably coherent in exposition and storyline. Rather, a second trip to the theater will allow you to stop gawking at all the wondrous imagery — from a Parisian cityscape that folds in on itself to a zero-gravity fight scene unlike anything you’ve ever seen — and concentrate on the subtle intricacies of story and character.
“Obviously, this is a huge concept,” star Leonardo DiCaprio told MTV News. “But what [Nolan] does do, which is so clever, is he makes you, as an audience, engage in characters that are attempting something for the first time. So you understand the rules and the planning and all the pitfalls that may come with this idea of implanting an idea in someone’s mind.”
And once you know the rules and hit the multiplex again, you can suddenly notice various elements that passed you by the first time. If you follow DiCaprio’s advice, you’ll pay attention to each character’s arc during a second viewing.
“The sheer nature and the scope of the film and a lot of the action presents itself as something extremely surreal and infinite in possibility. But when you start to hone in on the character’s journey, it is four different states of going deep into one’s past,” he said.
Leo’s character, for example, is a dream thief named Dom Cobb, a guy who’s haunted by the menacing presence of his wife in the dreams he shares with the other members of his fantastical team of bandits. As Cobb’s crew sets about their main task — a job that requires them to create those four dream states — several of the characters confront issues that had been plaguing them for years.
“My character and a lot of the characters in this movie have a cathartic journey of while we’re going deeper into the dream state, we’re going closer and closer and closer to who we are. Certainly my character comes to terms with his own nightmares. That was what immediately intrigued me to the movie that I think [Nolan] pulled off incredibly well,” DiCaprio explained.
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