Updated on July 16, 2010, 3:55 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
(Beware as spoilers follow)
From the opening shots of the movie the viewer is introduced to the vagueness of the dream world that for the next two and a half hours they will live in. The character of Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is introduced as he sees two young kids with their backs to him playing on the beach, and an image that for the rest of the movie will come back is planted in the audience's mind. Cobb is brought to an old Saito (Ken Watanabe) who examines the two items that Cobb had on him: a gun and a spinning top. Christopher Nolan manages to introduce two very important pieces of the puzzle early on with the projection of the kids and the spinning top, and for the rest of the movie the audience debates what is real and what is dream because of the ambiguity these two objects possess.
The audience is taking back through a flashback, which introduces Cobb on a job with trusted friend and colleague Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) trying to steal information from Saito while he dreams. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come far from 3rd Rock From the Sun and his child actor days to become one of the most talented young performers working today, and he has great chemistry with DiCaprio, who also worked hard to be one of the top leading men in Hollywood. In this dream the audience is introduced to another important piece of the puzzle, Mal (Marion Cotillard), who is the catalyst that sends the players out of the dream. The audience meets the architect, Nash (Lukas Haas), who gets little screen time but plays his purpose well. Instantly the concept of a dream within a dream is introduced, and the rules of the movie world begin to fall into place.
Cobb is presented with a predicament when Saito confronts him and Arthur with an offer that may lead to Cobb being able to finally return home, which the audience is itching to learn the secret that makes it that he can't. Can Cobb and his team hack int...
Updated on July 11, 2010, 12:49 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
I've got a query that has been unanswered for more than a dozen years... where did the song Silent Moon come from? The images this tragic sounding song brings to my head have been captured in a feature I wrote surrounding this song. The short story that this song tells me is breathtakingly beautiful, and is universal because there is no dialogue. The thoughts and emotions are understood in the visuals, and the characters need no explanation. Yet this song, which was featured on a Science Fiction Movie Themes CD, leads me to discover no science fiction movie exists prior to 1989 that contains this song. What? I know, for at least twelve years I've been asking myself the same question. The copyright on the CD I've owned for as long as I can remember is no more than two years after I was born. Now wouldn't one think that that would constitute a movie existing prior or around that date with this song in it? I mean composers Klaus Löhmer and Hans Gunther Wagener aren't even credited on the Internet Movie Database for such a movie. This song has Star Wars, Alien, Blade Runner, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind on the same CD, however it's the only one that doesn't exist. I could give you a million science fiction songs that could have been used as filler, so why does this song exist? Is there a science fiction movie that has this song? Or was it filler? The existence of this song is a mystery, but it amazes me that that mystery has inspire...
Updated on July 7, 2010, 6:14 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
This is my first blog, and really more than anything a test of the capabilities of this service. I'm going to learn more about this and make it part of my company, One Forest Films, in order to better serve it. I will also make one for the company alone, which will be accessible to all the members of the company so that we can do a company blog. I've been a huge follower of MarketSaw for years and always wanted to make my own blog. Now I can.
I look forward making more blogs in the future.