Inception (2010)

Don't you want to take a leap of faith? Now become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone.

The Commentary

From a conclusion we can debate the hours. From a sentence without final point one can discuss the years. Some need a resolution. Others are more comfortable with infinity.

The Pitch

A subconscious expert is looking for a way to return to his children.

The Summary

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an extract specialist. He invites himself into the sleep of his victims to steal valuable information that can only be found in the subconscious. Cobb is commissioned by Saito (Ken Watanabe) not to steal something, rather to deposit something in Robert Fisher’s subconscious (Cillian Murphy): an inception. In exchange, Saito promises Cobb to play his networks to allow him to return to the United States and see his kids again, in reference to Piaf without a doubt.

The rules of the game are simple: To get out of the dream, you need a kick that is marked by a small excerpt from Edith. A bit like in real life when Régine comes to spoil a beautiful dream because it is already 7am and France Bleu spits out his music full pot.

As dreams are sometimes inspired by reality, dreamers need a landmark, a totem, to help them navigate it. In Cobb’s case, a top that spins infinitely, or not.

The mission is complicated. It requires a shock team consisting of Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Eames (Tom Hardy), Ariane (Ellen Page) and Yusuf (Dileep Rao). Cobb’s going to have to penetrate several levels of dreams. If he misses, he can end up in limbo forever. As if it wasn’t complicated enough, Mal (Marion Cotillard) his ex-wife comes to rot his plans and turn his dreams into nightmares.

After many twists and turns, the team succeeded in its mission. Cobb returns from limbo and wakes up without a problem on the plane next to Saito who immediately makes a phone call, as promised. Cobb goes through customs safely to find his children, like in a dream.

He still throws the top, just to be sure.

The Explanation

Inception is the whirlwind of regret.

You can fight against a person, not against an idea. Once it is planted, an idea digs its furrow. So we find ourselves caught in the whirlwind.

Inception creates conviction. Besides, no idea is brighter than the one you feel you have had yourself. Our idea is always better than that of others. Therefore, nothing can stop it. Once planted, the idea grows and then spreads like wildfire. Revolutions are born in this way.

An idea is like a virus, resilient, highly contagious.

Regret, linked to guilt or remorse, is another deeply ingrained idea in oneself. Fisher regrets not living up to his father’s expectations. Cobb regrets abandoning his children to their grandparents. In truth, he also regrets what happened with his ex-wife who committed suicide because of an idea he would have planted in her. This thought, true or false, eats away at him. He does not drink but has made himself floors of nightmares in which he takes refuge from time to time to try to relive the moment and perhaps repair the evil. Haunted by nostalgia and then constantly caught up with reality. Cobb is a prisoner of his own scheme, a victim of this excess of consciousness that prevents him from moving forward and causes one to eventually go round in circles. Cobb becomes his own top.

One can try to get out of the whirlwind as an attempt to clear customs, in other words pass through the customs of the airport. Like finishing a story without concluding that is a clever way on the part of an author to absolve himself of his responsibility by passing the hot potato to his audience. Listening to Edith Piaf, who repeats that she has no regrets, is a rather effective Coué method. In order not to regret anything, you have to have done something stupid. Is Cobb guilty or innocent? We’re stuck with the same unanswered question.

Cobb can do nothing but try to do something. Because if he doesn’t do something, he won’t see his children again. If he doesn’t do anything, he’ll end up old and alone with his ghosts.

Don’t you want to take a leap of faith? Now become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone.

So all is perhaps not lost. Let us remember the most optimistic French sayings: ‘As long as there is life there is hope.’ ‘Who doesn’t try anything has nothing’…

What if this whirlwind was finally just a dream? For everything seems to indicate that Cobb himself is a prisoner of his own dream, as Mal points out to him:

Chased around the globe by anonymous corporations and police forces, the way the projections persecute the dreamer?

And Miles (Michael Caine), his father-in-law, is also trying to bring him back to his senses.

Come back to reality Dom!

The whirlwind of regret blurs our perception of the world. We can no longer distinguish the real. The dream becomes so pleasant that it becomes a reality. Don’t we sleep 1/3 of our lives?

The dream has become their reality.

In the end, we don’t know anything. No, nothing. For example, it is not clear whether Mal committed suicide through Cobb’s fault or not. What did Cobb do? We don’t know if he’s dreaming or not. What happens to this top? It is not known whether the smic will increase or simply the activity premium. When you shoot yourself in the head, do you end up in limbo or in heaven with your children?

Questions form a thick cloud that prevents us from distinguishing light from truth. It’s true that Cobb sometimes wears his wedding ring, sometimes he doesn’t. It’s also true that the top is his wife’s totem pole, not his. You spend your life holding on to follow the thread, because you have nothing else to do. Advance. Kicking your butt to wake up. Look ahead and not behind, at the risk of getting carried away forever by his regrets.