Off Topic – Inception

By: Joe Grogan

Even though we are primarily a gaming-oriented site, I thought I’d take a minute to talk about the best movie to hit theaters in a very long time. I’m speaking, of course, of the newly released Inception. If you’ve got the time, join me after the jump to find out why you absolutely have to see this movie while it’s still in theaters.

First off, let me just say that I may have been mistaken before. Inception isn’t the best movie I’ve seen in a long time. It’s the best movie I’ve ever seen. Now you might ask, what makes this the best movie ever? Simply, it has something that most movies these days lack: plot. Let’s be honest; as good a laugh as the Hangover may have been, a story about a group of friends who drank way much hardly qualifies as a great plot, especially when you consider college kids across the country do the same thing on a weekly basis. The same goes for the sad excuses for horror movies that are spewed into theaters to no end these days. A guy wearing a mask running around stabbing everything that moves hardly qualifies as a plot. But Inception is different. It has a plot so engrossing that it sucks you in, grabbing your attention and quickly making you lose track of time. About half an hour into the movie, I was completely mesmerized, and the next time I looked at my phone, two and a half hours had passed. At the same time, the story is so deep, twisted, and convoluted that it makes The Matrix look like “Green Eggs and Ham,” as a friend of mine put it.

But perhaps the thing that sticks out most in my mind is the fact that Inception made me think. Not during the movie, of course; if you try to think about what’s going on while you’re watching the movie, your head might just explode. I’m talking about after the movie. I saw the movie yesterday, and out of the last 24 hours, I’d say I’ve spent seventy percent thinking about the concepts that the movie introduces. Simply put, Inception will make you seriously question reality. Referring back to The Matrix, if you thought everything you knew about your existence was shattered to pieces the first time you saw the movie, Inception will be the atom bomb that obliterates those pieces. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that if you really give this movie some open-minded thought, it has the potential to change the way you think about existence itself.

Another thing that Inception has going for itself is the fact that it can appeal to anybody. The movie’s one plot has all the makings of an action movie, a mystery, a good horror film, and a love story, with a few jokes sprinkled throughout. Basically, if you’ve ever seen a single movie that you’ve liked, it’d be pretty damn hard not to like Inception. But the I think the true universal appeal of the movie lies in the ending, during the last five seconds. Those last five seconds, simply put, make the film work for everybody. Watching them, you can interpret the entire two and a half hour experience any way you want. No two people will have exactly the same impression of what just happened when they walk out of the theater. The casual movie goer who doesn’t pay much attention to details and the intricacies of the dialogues will see a definitive end to the movie, while the person who really payed attention will try to make sense of the whole plot, while reaching a completely different conclusion than the person who sat next to them for the whole thing. Compare two different interpretations of the movie, and you’ll likely find yourself wondering whether the director even had any idea what was going on and picturing Leonardo DiCaprio saying “I don’t even know. I just read the lines.”

Of course Inception has its faults. More than once I found myself thinking “a hand grenade would never make that big an explosion.” At first, the movie is extremely confusing. At the showing I went to see, three or four people walked out within the first hour, muttering something along the lines of “what the hell is going on here?” And of course there were times that I found the actors attitudes to be a little bit over-the-top or just not fitting a particular scenario entirely. But as a whole, Inception is an excellent movie, and if you’re willing to sit through to the end and give it a couple minutes of serious, introspective though after you walk out of the theater, I can guarantee that you’ll be left with the most unforgettable cinematic experience of your life.

  • 8472

    I completely agree, Inception is my favourite movie of 2010 and 2nd favourite overall (behind Avatar which lacks a complex storyline like this one, but still wow’s me with its deep emotion and insane C.G.I.). The last 5 seconds of Inception was … … incredible, it fit perfectly and was the BEST and possibly the only way to end this movie. I only saw it yesterday, and I am obsessed with finding a proper totem for myself. Maybe I’ll make one out of clay … Anyway, they better include a spinning top with the special edition of the DVD.

  • Geoffrey Calver

    I can’t wait to see inception. It’s just about the only film I’ve been interested in all summer.

  • joan


    Wake up or die in the nightmares of corporate espionage, greed, corruption, and armed anger. INCEPTION writer and director, Christopher Nolan, heralds “528” as the “code” through which social transformation, involving music, is achieved.

    The new Hollywood blockbuster has moviegoers nationwide curious about the source of a mysterious code used in the plot involving music played in “Room 528,” and linked to a forgotten “528” memory.

    INCEPTION, another word for creation, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, shown here entering Room 528 to defend against corporate thugs.

    Recalling the “key” to Room 528 is crucial to the movie’s plot, wherein Cobb (DiCaprio), an expert in the art of mind manipulation, extracts secrets from people’s subconscious to serve the “treacherous new world of corporate espionage.”

    The movie repeats the number “528,” a mathematical frequency, in a key phone number, on a napkin, two vault combinations, and the room wherein much of the action occurs during the film’s climax. Here, special music must be played at a precise time to “extract” the operatives from their anguish and nightmarish pseudo-realities.

    Cobb’s psychological operation in Room 528 reconnects the heir to the world’s most powerful energy cartel, Robert Fisher (played by Cillian Murphy), to his father’s memory. Fisher senior, atheistically representing the corporate alternative to God, is locked in a vault requiring the 528 code to open. Another “528-491” combination unlocks the final safe containing the greatest secret, treasure, motivation, and catharsis for the main characters that have all been struggling with the loss of LOVE.

    The idea of linking music for social transcendence with “528” and LOVE in INCEPTIONappears to have come from Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, the discoverer of the “Perfect Circle of Sound,” and a frequent contributor to Hollywood’s screenwriters. The author of 16 books has written extensively on the subject of 528 as it relates to universal construction, healing, Spiritual Renaissance, creationism, and what Nolan terms”inception.”

    “I am honored that Christopher Nolan, reputed to be a ‘dark filmmaker,’ thinks so highly of 528Hz music that he chose to promote the frequency in, around, and through “Room 528″ at the height of the drama,” Dr. Horowitz said.

    528 engages the “music of the light,” versus the “music of the night.” The musical mathematical knowledge about 528, and its spiritual implications, is urgently needed to deal with the planet’s corporate criminals.

    Nolan wrote, “An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules.” Horowitz’s idea that 528 plays the sound of LOVE, has been rewriting all the rules since 1998 with his writing of Healing Codes for the Biological Apocalypse. (Tetrahedron Press; 1-888-508-4787) From co-author Dr. Joseph Puleo, a Bible code scholar and naturopath, Horowitz learned that 528Hz frequency is the “MI” note (that stands for “MIracles”) in the original Solfeggio musical scale.

    Thereafter, leading physicists and mathematicians published proofs that “528/LOVE” is fundamental to universal construction, Pi, Phi, the Fibonacci series, sacred geometry, the circle, square, the hexagonal ring of organic chemistry, and the world of biology. Grass, in fact, grows green because of 528Hz–the color of chlorophyll. And the real da Vinci code, according to Horowitz, has everything to do with these discoveries.

    LOVE is what drives Nolan’s leading character Cobb, leading lady Mol (Marion Cotillard), and leading victim Fisher, to access their memories in order to reconcile their relationships to reconstruct their lives.

    Many people do not understand Nolan’s film for its deeper social and metaphysical meanings. Dr. Horowitz attributes a lot of this confusion to the lost memory of 528Hz frequency, believed to be central to spiritual identity and human creativity.

    Nolan’s film plays on these themes, juxtaposing violence and cataclysm with the dream of”extracting” ourselves from the corporate controlled world of mind control and general madness. The objective is to “get back home.”

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