To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the premiere of
Inception from Christopher Nolan, we gave ourselves to the task of looking for those details that perhaps you did not know or that went unnoticed from the film. In one way or another, all of them make that dream world starring Leonardo DiCaprio more interesting.
Released in 2010, Inception or The Origin, tells the story of a group of assailants who “get into” the subconscious of their targets to extract information or, as is the case with this particular mission, “plant” the seed of an idea that will allow them to fulfill their objective. At the time, in our review we also pointed out that Christopher Nolan «with his second solo script since
Following (1998), perhaps the most complex and best researched that we will see in many years within the mainstream, update what you propose as existence or even Matrix they raised more than a decade ago: reality is never what it seems; the human mind is the most complex and powerful system known, and of course it is often uncontrollable.
“The cast does a job in perfect sync – special mention to Watanabe and Gordon-Levitt, who delivers new acting records. Also, very important:
Detoxifies us from the overexploitation of digital creations to combine them with visual illusions made with perspective games, rotating sets and camera locations that give a unique realism to, what a paradox, dream states.
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The total length of the film is a reference to the main theme of the film.
It turns out that the song titled “Non, je ne regrette rien de Édith Piaf” is one of the key pieces that set the music for the tape, which lasts 2 minutes and 28 seconds, while Inception’s total screen time is 2 hours with 28 seconds. At the same time, Marion Cotillard, who played Cobb’s wife, was the protagonist of Life in Pink (2007), the biopic of the legendary French singer and with which she won an Oscar. By the way, Nolan had already included the song in the script for Inception long before Cotillard was linked with the singer’s project. So when he found out about the association he chose to remove the musical theme; however, Hans Zimmer convinced the filmmaker not to remove the music from the film.
Cobb’s name means “dream” in several languages.
Dominick Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) has more in common than we imagined around dreams. Cobb is actually a reference to the dream world. In other words, Cobb (khwab) means “dream” in various languages such as: Hindu, Punjabi, Sanskrit and Urdu. Then we would come to the conclusion that the protagonist himself symbolically carries the theme of the film, due to the fact that everything is a dream.
The mysterious number
It seems that Christopher Nolan wanted to play with the numbers a bit and included in several scenes what we could call a secret number. If you remember, Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) gives Cobb the following figures: 528491. Throughout the film this series of numbers becomes visible. For example, the two hotel rooms are identified through 528 and 491. The number that Eames (Tom Hardy) gives to Fischer is 528-491 and lastly the combination of the security room begins with 52, while the combination of the safe corresponds to the numbers 528-49.
Although Christopher Nolan has maintained a private life apart from media exposure, the director has managed to take advantage of some members of his family to turn them into low-profile actors. They may not have realized it but Magnus, Nolan’s son, played James, Cobb’s 1 year 7 month old son. He also called his cousin Miranda to play the flight attendant who served first-class passengers on the plane to Los Angeles. By the way, Miranda Nolan also had a small role in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Dunkerque (2017).
Fascination for painting
In the Japanese castle where Mal and Cobb carry out the extraction work for Saito, behind Mal hangs the work “Study for the Head of George Dyer” by Francis Bacon (1967). Such a wink is not gratuitous, because as you will notice, the painting represents a distorted face and that according to Nolan has a particular meaning in Inception linked to memory and the imperfect version that Cobb has towards his wife. “I think there are, to me, suggestions of memory distortions in the way faces are represented in a way that I found fascinating in a number of ways. In my work I have tried to echo or represent it cinematically, “Nolan told Tate (National Gallery of British Art and Modern Art in England).
The snowy fortress in Eames’ dream has several parallels to a real-life building. It turns out that the monumental edifice bear a resemblance to the Geisel Library in San Diego, California. This library was built in the 1960s with glass and concrete by the famous American architect William Pereira. Although Nolan has not confirmed the inspiration, he once told Wired about his taste for architecture and two- and three-dimensional spaces. “I am very interested in the similarities or analogies between the way we experience a three-dimensional space that an architect has created and the way an audience experiences a cinematic narrative that builds a three-dimensional reality from a two-dimensional half-dimensional reality: Assembled shot per shot. I think there is a narrative component in architecture that is fascinating, ”he said.
Characters make movies too
As a form of metacinema, Nolan had the magnificent idea that for Inception its protagonists will imitate the work of the production members of a film. In other words, Dominick Cobb is the director, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the producer, Eames is an actor, Ariadne (Ellen Page) is the production designer, Saito is the film set; while Fisher represents the public.
Car license plates
Another of the subtle details, but that make us corroborate that Nolan is a fairly careful filmmaker, is the name of the license plates of the cars. To differentiate what separates the subconscious from the real world, the filmmaker changed the plates where the phrase “The alternative state” can be read, the purpose of which is to leave us a little clue that what we see on the screen happens in the dreams of the protagonists.
The explosions of dreams were real
Although by the nature of Inception, we might think that CGI and visual effects reigned in the plot, the reality is that it was not. Christopher Nolan went for practical effects and insisted that most of the explosions in the film be as realistic as possible. As you may recall, most of these explosions occur in the fortress on the snowy mountain, as well as in the café in Paris.
Brad Pitt and Will Smith as protagonists
If we thought that Leonardo DiCaprio was the main choice to play Cobb, we were wrong. It turns out that the filmmaker first offered the role to Brad Pitt. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan gave the Oscar winner 48 hours to accept or decline the role. However, the actor could not answer in a timely manner, so the next on the list was Will Smith, who also failed. They say that the third is the charm and yes, DiCaprio was the third option. The question is: would Pitt and Smith have understood him at the end of Inception?
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