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Reflection on the movie: Inception

"You musn't be afraid to dream a little bigger darling."

Today I woke up late. Yesterday, I was watching the movie ‘Hamilton’ till late at night. I slept at midnight; 12:00. Such an artistic movie, the whole movie is theatrical drama and every dialogue is a song. Yesterday I was also thinking about how COVID-19 is affecting different people especially from poor to rich. Oh! And today, I watched this smart, innovative, and thrilling movie; Inception which is the rare summer blockbuster that succeeds viscerally as well as intellectually.


  • My Rating: 9/10
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Written By: Christopher Nolan
  • In theaters: Jul 16, 2010  Wide
  • On Disc/Streaming: Dec 7, 2010
  • Box Office: $292,568,851
  • Runtime: 148 minutes
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Great movie, I loved it. The main idea of this psychological sci-fi action film is that the real idea of a person is vivid in his/her dream. The subconscious mind can give us a perfect plan and details but once we are awake most of those ideas lost, we simply forget our dream. In the movie, the main character (Cobb) is a thief who doesn’t steal things, but he steals ideas. He possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others. By projecting himself deep into the subconscious of his targets, he can glean information that even the best computer hackers can’t get to. When Cobb loses everything, he’s forced to embark on one final mission in a desperate quest for redemption. This time, Cobb won’t be harvesting an idea but sowing one. Should he and his team of specialists succeed mutually dreaming in the subconscious mind of a person with a mission of inception/plant an idea in his mind so that he won’t follow the path of his father resulting in the acceleration of the business to top position of the industry. It would be a disadvantage to the team who is planning the inception. They go up to 3 levels of dreams i.e. in the dream they sleep and mutually dream inside that dream and do the same once more. Time duration and speed changes in different levels of dreams.


The story of the movie is fiction but the ideas it delivers are real. Subconsciousness gives us full freedom of creativity which is active while we are asleep. We are the creator and controller of our subconscious world but in the real world, we can control very fewer things. In dreams which are purely personal creation, we are fully focused on our idea inside our mind but once we are awake we get distracted by many things around us. Our senses start working and we start thinking about multiple things taking away our focus from the goal. Challenges, worst-case scenarios, faults, etc. starts showing up. The control effects between the mind and the World are inverse in the subconscious (dream) and conscious (reality). The world inside our minds is as real as this physical world. If we close our eyes and relax for a while we will know that these worlds co-exist.

Along with dreams, our memories are also an element of the subconscious mind. Memories are different from dreams, they can be beautiful or ugly. Something they overtake us, hunt us, and build a prison in our subconscious mind. In the movie, the main character often falls into the world of memories of his dead wife, the world he can’t control. The memories of his lost wife also affect his other worlds of dreams.


When we wake up, we almost forget our dreams, we only remember a few pictures. After watching this movie, I remembered that today morning I was half-awake but still in dreams. I was dreaming that I was having a conversation with different people regarding COVID- 19 and it’s the effect on their life. I was also trying to convince them to take possible steps to control this pandemic. The conversation was theatrical; in the form of the song (just like dialogue/song in the movie Hamilton). While dreaming the conversation, lyrics, rhymes, and rhythm were so perfect. It made perfect sense. Right after I woke up, I believed that I actually could record that song and everyone will love it. The mind ran so fast that I was thinking about the recording studio, voice actors, co-singers, and all. Then I fully woke up, went to the restroom, did my brush, wash face, drank tea, and after a while when I rethink about the awesome dream, it was not awesome anymore. But this time my conscious mind said, lyrics didn’t make sense, I can’t find right filling music, my voice is not pleasing, I can not perform as in a theatre, the studios cost money and no one will want to collaborate with me. There was no point in even trying it out.

An elegant solution for keeping track of reality…

The song in the dream was something like this:

(Every dialogue in the form of theatrical song with background music and filling musics)

Me: Hello Sir, I have something to say, let's make this world a better place.
Old man: What do you say, son, a better World. I have two kids to feed son, a paralyzed wife needs an operation, the country is locked with COVID case, I am working less and being hopeless. Hope you find a way to make this a world a better place...
Me: Hello Sir, sir I have something to say, let's make this world a better place.
Man in car: Haha boy. We are working on it. Stay inside, do not talk.
Me: But sir, we are locked, we need a better plan to stay alive. Let's help each other, stop the corrupt, do a better job.
Man in car: Hey boy, stay away. Maintain social distance, take this mask, and shut your mouth...
(Half conscious while dreaming; I figured out a way to sing it and at the same time I was singing it's Nepali version too... Bruh!!)

Also read Movie Review on Hidden Figures.

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