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Inception – Christopher Nolan talks about the mysterious sci-fi film

Posted by LiveFor on April 6, 2010

Speaking to the LA Times Christopher Nolan has shed some light on the mysterious film, Inception. We have had some intriguing trailers yet not much else is known about it the globe trotting sci-fi adventure.

The follows Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb: “a specialist in the new branch of corporate espionage — he’s a dream thief who plucks secrets from the minds of tycoons after pumping them full of drugs and hooking them up to a mysterious contraption (pic above).”

This is something Nolan has been working on for a while.

“I wanted to do this for a very long time, it’s something I’ve thought about off and on since I was about 16. I wrote the first draft of this script seven or eight years ago, but it goes back much further, this idea of approaching dream and the dream life as another state of reality.”

“[In a dream] you can look around and examine the details and pick up a handful of sand on the beach. I never particularly found a limit to that; that is to say, that while in that state your brain can fill in all that reality. I tried to work that idea of manipulation and management of a conscious dream being a skill that these people have. Really the script is based on those common, very basic experiences and concepts, and where can those take you? And the only outlandish idea that the film presents, really, is the existence of a technology that allows you to enter and share the same dream as someone else.”

“I originally wrote it as a heist movie, and heist movies traditionally are very deliberately superficial in emotional terms,” Nolan said. “They’re frivolous and glamorous, and there’s a sort of gloss and fun to it. I originally tried to write it that way, but when I came back to it I realized that — to me — that didn’t work for a film that relies so heavily on the idea of the interior state, the idea of dream and memory. I realized I needed to raise the emotional stakes. What we found in working on ‘Batman’ is that it’s the emotionalism that best connects the audience with the material. The character issues, those are the things that pull the audience through it and amplify the experience no matter how strange things get.”

“Think of film noir and if you picture the story as a maze, you don’t want to be hanging above the maze watching the characters make the wrong choices because it’s frustrating. You actually want to be in the maze with them, making the turns at their side, that keeps it more exciting… I quite like to be in that maze.”

All sounds very cool and still very mysterious. Can’t wait to see it.

3 Responses to “Inception – Christopher Nolan talks about the mysterious sci-fi film”

  1. pat said

    u played tht mind crime game? i thought the way they started the ARC and all was a bit lame with the shirts n stuff. i got to the mind device website thru imdb, also seemed very planted. hope that the viral marketing will get better nearer to the release.

  2. pam fruendt said

    i learned quite a bit about inception the night i got into a site maybe i shouldn’t have gotten in to….i think i logged off about around 4am…didn’t do a security scan because i was so tired. guess what? when i turned my pc on the next day…my system 32 drivers were gone. inception killed my pc…that’s one powerful film.

  3. pat said

    yea it was prolly a site faking to be the mind crime game. i had to instll something for it. which i normally would never do. i m quite good with pc security but i checked it all n its legit **. but that kind of thing makes it easy for people to jump on the bandwagon and invade ppls pcs.

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