A smart vision of brain hacking
In my opinion, Inception is a film that proves that blockbusters and art can be combined to create an intellectual and emotional visual masterpiece. Despite the film winning a poll by the Los Angeles times as the most overrated movie of 2010, it was listed on many critic’s top ten lists, including Roger Ebert (Ebert, 2010). Christof Koch, the author of the peer reviewed article that I have located, articulates that Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan, is a smart vision of brain hacking. The article gives a brief explanation of the plot, mentioning two of the main characters, Dom Cobb and Robert Fischer. Cobb has the demanding task of inception, to plant an idea in the subconscious of Robert Fischer. To carry out this task, Cobb assembles a team of people. As the film progresses the characters inhabit dream worlds, controlling the dream within a dream strategy.
Throughout the article, Christof praises the films accurate portrayal of the psychology of the dream world. The film appeals to him as a “scholar seeking to the understand the link between the physical brain and the conscious mind” (A smart vison of brain hacking). He also writes that Inception is vastly more intriguing than your typical heist film because of its interesting science fiction concepts including the idea of performing economic espionage with an experimental military technology to infiltrate the subconscious of a potential target and extract valuable information through a shared dream world. Christof claims that the film has breath-taking visuals, highlighting the scenes in Paris when Ariadne bends and folds the streets while dreaming. While the article is very short, it’s points are valid, including the last point that Christof makes. He points out that Inception is a smart Hollywood production that doesn’t exploit the audience.
In summary, Christoph offers an accessible article with valid points, but he avoids examining Inceptions formal construction. The “Rotating Hallway fight scene” segment is one of the most memorable moments of the film that should be examined in detail. This sequence lasts three minutes and it is considered the most memorable sequence of the film by audiences and critics alike. Christof did not mention this segment in his peer reviewed article. John Denis (2013) stated that “After watching the film again there was one scene which stood out to me the most, this was the Hallway fight nearing the end of the film”. In terms of cinematography, this scene is pivotal because of the zero gravity shots. Before going into detail about the construction of this segment, plot background is necessary to explain what is happening at this point in the film.
Yusuf, the chemist who concocts the powerful sedative needed to stabilize the layers of the shared dream, is driving, trying to avoid Fischer’s projections who mortally wounded Saito earlier in the film. Due to the increased pressure from the projections, Yusuf tosses the van...