When Christopher Nolan’s Inception teaser trailer leaked the other day, it left a lot of people saying, “okay that looks cool, you’ve got me interested,” even if it felt a bit like a rehash of other sci fi movies.
Of course, no one knew what the dang movie was about because Nolan is so secretive. Now, thanks to Kris Tapley at InContention, we have some details regarding the movie’s plot. Spoilers, ahoy!
“Inception” takes place in a world where we have developed a means by which we can enter people’s dreams. Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Cobb has been described as a “CEO type,” but he is also something of a criminal. He dives into people’s dreams to extract information.Ellen Page will play Ariadne, a young college student studying in Paris who is a part of Cobb’s team (along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Arthur and Tom Hardy’s Eames). Cobb’s team actually “creates” the dreams and Ariadne is an “architect” of the them. She engineers them.
When Cobb’s team enters the dreams, it is not via a machine such as “The Matrix” or “The Cell,” I’m told. It is via injection, and the technology can easily be transported in a suitcase. In one scene (featured briefly in the trailer, I believe), the team actually enters a person’s dream while on an airplane.
In the trailer, the movie’s tagline, or the hook, is “Your mind is the scene of the crime.” It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense until you realize, at least according to Slashfilm, that the meat of the movie revolves around a murder-mystery of sorts.
Cillian Murphy plays a businessman who is about to take over a company, and DiCaprio is charged with going into his head and inserting the idea of splitting that company into smaller parts. Meanwhile, DiCaprio’s character is being blackmailed by Ken Watanabe, and there may be something going on there with DiCaprio’s wife, played by Marion Cotillard. Trapped in a dream, Cotillard commits suicide to attempt to return to the ‘real’ world, where DiCaprio is charged with her murder.
That’s probably a very basic look at the first two acts of the movie, with the final act being DiCaprio’s character and team attempting to get themselves proven innocent of the crime.