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The All Wet Blog-A-Thon: Inception

It’s super boring to talk about Christopher Nolan‘s Inception, the favourite movie of people born yesterday, but despite of the flaws we know about it’s a movie we like revisiting. Or it likes revisiting us. Like every (lax) fan boy I was obsessed with Hans Zimmer‘s bombastic soundtrack, half of the songs deserving to be a ballet that needs to happen, especially the track “The Dream is Collapsing,” it’s suggestions of violent and volatile movement. I then had to look up and remember which scene it corresponds and it couldn’t have been a better one, starting with the appropriately named Mal (Marion Cotillard) ruining her living husband Dom Cobb’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) extraction. Being in a dream within a dream Dom’s collaborators try to wake up him up to salvage the mission. On the first dream level it just looks like the old architect (Lukas Haas) pushing his boss down a tub and ruining the latter’s not so young face and white suit which, in hindsight looks ridiculously over-played. But we see that the first level infiltrates the second. This isn’t necessarily rain as the blogathon requires but it, like an act of God, comes out of the sky and into the palace’s rooftops. Dom eventually watches this artificial world’s destruction, being brought back to the fiery troubles of the first level and the real world itself. It’s a beautiful event in itself.

This is part of The All Wet Blog-A-Thon via Andrew Kendall.

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3 responses

  1. Ugh, I really wish I loved this movie more and Leo in it. In a weird way I’m not even as overly enthusiastic about its mise-en-scene as I feel I should be but its production design in a gem, and this scene is a beauty. I approve of your fake rain.

    April 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    • They pulled off all the stops in the production design for this sequence but what I like about the movie is how it doesn’t pile up scene after ostentatious scene. They wait until the climax and the end for those big sets, as they should.

      I also just realized that there’s an actual rain scene in Inception but I chose this one instead and stand by it.

      April 30, 2012 at 12:34 am

  2. Nice one Paolo, I definitely remember this scene, and yeah I didn’t go with just ‘rainy’ scenes on my list either, but it’s definitely wet 😀

    April 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm

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