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Nolan channels Escher in Inception

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M.C. Escher and Christopher Nolan have one thing in common. They both love never-ending staircases.

More than 90 percent of Nolan’s new psychological thriller Inception is shot in a dream sequence, which is how Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his troupe can do and create almost everything with just a thought. This includes never-ending staircases and the city of Paris (folded in half).

The film, which has already grossed more than $60 million in its opening weekend, is a race against the clock as Cobb must plant an idea in the mind of Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) using a technique called “inception.” The thrill of the chase is very similar to David Fincher’s The Game, but the payoff is far more thought provoking.

Since I’m at a loss at how to sum up the genius at work in Inception, take a gander at what Peter Travers of Rolling Stone had to say:

The visuals, shot by the gifted Wally Pfister on locations from the steaming heat of Morocco to the snow-capped Alps, are astounding. One segment, in which a freight train barrels through a traffic-clogged street, is jaw-dropping. Just as impressive is the way Nolan stays true to the rules of his own brain-teasing game. The film’s demonstration of the three levels of dreaming is certain to inspire deep-dish discourse to rival the Lost finale. But anyone who’s ever been lost in the layers of a video game will have no trouble rising to Nolan’s invigorating challenge to dig out.


The beauty of Inception lies in the writing. Nolan doesn’t waste time explaining every minute detail, nor does he bog down the viewer with stuffy dialogue.

Not to mention, Arthur’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) hotel scene makes The Matrix bullet dodge look like childs play (see above image).

Magazines, newspapers, and blogs around the country are calling the film a“metaphysical puzzle,” “caviar for film lovers” and the “most original movie idea in ages.” Exaggerations aside, these critics are spot on. Inception is the blockbuster of the summer.

M.C. Escher once asked, “Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” After watching Inception, the answer is no.

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2 Responses to “Nolan channels Escher in Inception

  1. avatar Chloe says:

    Good review, Fern! Sorry you couldn’t join us for Saturday’s viewing. My reaction to the film was a jaw-drop and loss of feeling in my legs. I had to pull myself together during the ending credits! Killer movie.

  2. avatar Hashaleena says:

    Great Review Fern.. During the film I said to a friend this smells like Escher. Awesome Movie!