Few films have so many names. The American film "Inception", written and directed by British director, screenwriter, photographer and producer Christopher Nolan, is known as "Inception"
. While dissatisfied with its commercial name "Inception", the translation names such as "Full Start", "Sneak and Murder", "Mind Crime", "Memory Maze" and "Memory Cube" are still unfinished.
Few movies have so many interpretation angles. This labyrinthine movie presents audiences with visual impact and carnival, intellectual challenge and excitement, blurred overlap of reality and dream, human relations and family affection. difficult return. Is "Inception" an action film, a robbery film, a psychological film, a thriller, a romance, or a science fiction film? There are many opinions, and the existing categories are not enough. Ethics, architecture, psychology, brain science, logic, philosophy, mathematics, pharmacy, imaging, anesthesiology... Fans analyzed the dream in the film and used eighteen martial arts. Nolan's own definition of the film is "a contemporary sci-fi action film that takes place within the structure of consciousness." penetrate someone's mind." It's really confusing where to start.
In view of this, the author dismissed the attempt to analyze "Inception" in a comprehensive and in-depth manner early, and tried to avoid the intellectual reefs, not afraid of missing a million, and anxiously wrote down the superficial experience.
Nolan, who was born in 1970, is known as "the director with the highest IQ", "I am Christopher, Nolan, a typical Englishman, like my predecessor Hitchcock, not only a director, but also a man with whimsical ability. people." The talented Nolan clearly had high expectations for himself. Nolan started using his father's small camera to learn photography at the age of 7, and aspired to be a film director at the age of 19. "He is very special and has unique ambitions. I think he can win respect in Hollywood, not by box office or anything powerful. Character. His imagination, judgment on the story and the way of expression are the main reasons why many colleagues are willing to cooperate with him." This is Emma Thomas, Nolan's wife and Nolan's royal producer, to him. Evaluation.
According to the media, Nolan showed a distinctive and keen inspiration as soon as he appeared in the film industry. Nolan's first real film, the ultra-low-budget "Following," which opened in London in 1999, tells the story of a writer who has become a stalker. In this so-called "cool black and white film with young dreams and ambitions", the story is presented completely out of sequence of events. Nolan uses flashbacks as the basic narrative language of the film, and then completely crushes time. Putting these pieces of time together again, a film of less than 70 minutes has an incredible narrative length. "Memento", released in 2000, tells the story of a man suffering from short-term amnesia to avenge his wife. It uses a two-line narrative to construct a time and space with two claws and continuous sudden changes in the middle. It has won awards at major film festivals: Independent Spirit Award for Best Script and Best Director, Sundance International Film Festival Best Screenplay Award, Broadcast Film Association Best Screenplay Award, Golden Globe Award, Oscar Best Original Screenplay Award nomination. In 2002, Nolan completed Insomnia, a remake of the Norwegian film of the same name released in 1997, which was praised by critics as one of the rare successful remakes of European films into American films. In 2003, he won the Best Screenplay Award for "Batman War Hour". The 2006 director's work "Deadly Magic" once again won the hearts of film critics and fans with its eerie atmosphere and fine structure. In 2008, a new "Batman" movie made the world go crazy for Nolan, and "Batman Dark Knight" became the global box office champion in 2008.
It can be seen from the above rough introduction that Director Nolan is a lover of non-linear storytelling, has enough ability to combine completely different elements, and is keen to set up a maze-like intricate and highly condensed story structure, while the protagonist does not Peace of mind and unconvincing logical reasoning have also been recurring themes in Nolan's films. Every time I watch these films, which are completed with multi-threaded and multi-layered complex narrative structures, it is undoubtedly intellectual surfing, and Nolan's unrestrained and unrestrained Nolan does not leave anyone a chance to breathe. When Nolan officially announced to the outside world in early 2009 that he would shoot a completely original film written and directed by him, people had reason to expect a brand new visual feast.
Everyone has dreams. However, just as nature does not have two identical leaves, dreams are ever-changing. Some people dream more, some people dream less, some dreams are bizarre, some dreams are complete and clear, some people wake up crying in their dreams, some people are happy in their dreams, some people have dreams as if they have no dreams, and some people spend all day trying to figure out the hints of dreams, Some people have crossed thousands of mountains and rivers in their dreams, and some people have tasted the ups and downs in their dreams. What exactly is a dream? "Thinking in the day, dreaming in the night" is the most grassroots explanation, and "Nanke Yimeng" is a good example. In the Tang Dynasty, a man named Chunyu Fen loved wine. He was drunk one day and rested under the locust tree at home. He went to Dahuai Anguo in a trance. The foreign enemy invaded and was ordered to go on an expedition. Because he did not understand the art of war, he was completely defeated. My fame was ruined, and I woke up with shame. The first half of this dream is the realm of life that ancient scholars aspired to, and the second half shows that there is self-knowledge in the subconscious.
So, how does Nolan view dreams? Nolan said that dreams are different from the ancient Chinese "Dream Interpretation by Zhou Gong" and Freud's "Dream Interpretation" in modern foreign countries? When answering a reporter's question, Nolan admitted that dreams were always It made him feel mysterious and inconceivable, "I have always been fascinated by the theme of dreams. Really, I have been like this since I was a child, and I have never stopped. I can't think of a specific scene now, but dreams always give me unlimited freedom of imagination, which is also the reason. It's the magic of dreams." Dreams provided inspiration and freed him from the constraints of logical thinking. "When a person is asleep, the brain is so incredible that it can create a complete world in a completely unconscious state. Unknowingly, yet fully engaged. This is the best explanation for the potential energy of the human mind, especially the creative potential of the brain. This is the root cause of my obsession.” Nolan imagines His film characters are able to manipulate "conscious dreams," dreams that you know you're dreaming, so you can create or alter them, hack into other people's brains, control their minds, and share the same dream with others at the same time. dreamland.
Dream lover Nolan has spent ten years weaving and recreating an intricate and multiple dreams.
The protagonist of the film, Daum Cobb, is a dream thief and dream maker who uses high-tech means to steal business secrets by invading the minds and dreams of others. "I can enter your mind and find your secrets." He and his companions failed in a dream stealing operation against Japanese energy tycoon Saito, but Saito took the lead. The so-called "no fight, no acquaintance", Cobb was wanted for the murder of his wife Mel and went into exile overseas. Saito's opponent is terminally ill, but still has a firm grip on everything in the company. Saito asked Cobb to implant in the deep subconscious of his sole heir, Robert Fisher, the idea of giving up the family company, starting his own business, and taking a different path from his father, in order to achieve the goal of self-defeating. "I'm going to find my way home," Cobb convinced his companions and recruited young dream designer Ariadne, dream actor Ames and Indian pharmacist Joseph to join the action.
The story unfolds in layers of progressive dreams. The audience must give up the inherent concept of time and space and accept the rules of the game set by Nolan, in order to marvel at the dream design, which is like building a qiqiao treasure building. , pulling one hair and moving the whole body, while following the members of the action team in and out of reality and dreams.
Here is a little explanation of some of Nolan's game rules:
people live in the real world (Cobb is in the real world to accept Saito's task);
when dreaming, they are in the first layer of dreams (this kind of dream everyone has done):
in a dream The dream is in the second layer of the dream, and you need to take ordinary drugs (layering the dream is a breakthrough idea); there are two ways to wake up from the dream at this time, one is by gravity; the shock suddenly loses balance and wakes up, The second is to wake up by being injured (this method should still be based on the experience of daily life)