History Film / Inception

5th Dec '16 11:19:16 AM captainpat
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* WomanInBlack: Mal, being "The Shade."
18th Nov '16 9:22:37 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* {{Determinator}}: [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype Deconstructed]]. [[spoiler:Quite literally, Cobb is his own worst enemy. The mental projection of his wife that hounds the protagonists is merely his dogged determination to keep his wife "alive" in some shape or form, to ease his own guilt over her death. Furthermore, Inception itself is revealed to be a brutal deconstruction of this. Once an idea is incepted, it defines the victim, making that single idea the one thing that they will never give up on, no matter what.]]

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* {{Determinator}}: [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype Deconstructed]]. [[spoiler:Quite literally, Cobb is his own worst enemy. The mental projection of his wife that hounds the protagonists is merely his dogged determination to keep his wife "alive" in some shape or form, to ease his own guilt over her death. Furthermore, Inception itself is revealed to be a brutal deconstruction of this.this but played for drama. Once an idea is incepted, it defines the victim, making that single idea the one thing that they will never give up on, no matter what.]]



* DisproportionateRetribution: In a bizarre case of dream logic, [[MegaCorp Cobol Corp.]] sends ''assassins'' after the heroes the ''very minute'' they find out [[YouHaveFailedMe they've failed to infiltrate Saito's mind]], then sends two dozen more when the heroes are spotted in Kenya. This is somewhat less disproportionate if you take into account the prequel comic "The Cobol Job." The Arthur/Cobb/Nash team had failed to retrieve information on Proclus Global (Saito's company) ''twice'' by the start of the movie.
** Then again if [[AllJustADream it's just a dream]], Cobol Corp's assassins may be just projections.
** And, of course, extraction is technically industrial espionage, which is illegal. Getting rid of Cobb after Saito's rumbled him would prevent Saito from discovering who hired Cobb and having Cobol either sued or prosecuted.
** Extraction is particularly illegal after "what happened" (which isn't explicitly said to be related to [[spoiler:Cobb's previous inception]]).

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* DisproportionateRetribution: DisproportionateRetribution:
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In a bizarre case of dream logic, [[MegaCorp Cobol Corp.]] sends ''assassins'' after the heroes the ''very minute'' they find out [[YouHaveFailedMe they've failed to infiltrate Saito's mind]], then sends two dozen more when the heroes are spotted in Kenya. This is somewhat less disproportionate if you take into account the prequel comic "The Cobol Job." The Arthur/Cobb/Nash team had failed to retrieve information on Proclus Global (Saito's company) ''twice'' by the start of the movie.
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movie. Then again if [[AllJustADream it's just a dream]], Cobol Corp's assassins may be just projections.
** And, of course, extraction Extraction is technically industrial espionage, which is illegal. Getting rid of Cobb after Saito's rumbled him would prevent Saito from discovering who hired Cobb and having Cobol either sued or prosecuted.
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prosecuted. Extraction is particularly illegal after "what happened" (which isn't explicitly said to be related to [[spoiler:Cobb's previous inception]]).
4th Oct '16 12:20:26 AM eroock
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* ChainedToARailway: [[spoiler:Mal and Cobb get run over by a train in order to return to the real world.]]

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* ChainedToARailway: [[spoiler:Mal and Cobb Cobb]] lay their heads onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train so they would get run over by a train in order to and return to the real world.]]
4th Oct '16 12:13:08 AM eroock
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* ChainedToARailway: [[spoiler:Mal and Cobb get run over by a train in order to return to the real world.]]



* RailroadTracksOfDoom: [[spoiler:Mal and Cobb get run over by a train in order to return to the real world.]]
6th Aug '16 3:39:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* VirtualRealityInterrogation: Most of the protagonists are professional Virtual Reality Interrogators. The method they use allows them to snoop through the subject's subconscious mind.

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* VirtualRealityInterrogation: Most of the protagonists are professional Virtual Reality Interrogators. The method they use allows them to snoop through the subject's subconscious mind.mind, usually by pretending they are on the subject's side in some way. Sometimes it works, but being too bold with this tactic can easily arouse too much suspicion and expose them.
23rd Jul '16 12:56:54 AM sam445
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** TheSmartGuy: Averted; there is no single smart person becaue everyone has to be smart to be in this business.

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** TheSmartGuy: Averted; there is no single smart person becaue because everyone has to be smart to be in this business.
21st Jul '16 9:05:52 AM axle-k89
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* ManlyTears: Fischer sheds these in the third dream level's strong room [[spoiler:when he opens the safe next to his dying father's bed and finds the toy pinwheel from his childhood inside it, then looks up to see his father is dead.]]
** Cobb looks and sounds like he's about to shed some too [[spoiler:when Mal throws herself to her death.]]
13th May '16 10:59:31 PM Az_Tech341
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* TheNotLoveInterest: Ariadne to Cobb. She grows to understand him more than any of the other crew, and [[spoiler:is perhaps the person responsible for saving his soul]]. At the same time, her concerns are more practical than romantic, [[spoiler:as Cobb was taking an ''enormous'' gamble with everyone's lives.]] Over the course of the story, it becomes clear that Cobb is still in love with his late wife Mal, while Ariadne had soms ShipTease with Arthur.

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* TheNotLoveInterest: Ariadne to Cobb. She grows to understand him more than any of the other crew, and [[spoiler:is perhaps the person responsible for saving his soul]]. At the same time, her concerns are more practical than romantic, [[spoiler:as Cobb was taking an ''enormous'' gamble with everyone's lives.]] Over the course of the story, it becomes clear that Cobb is still in love with his late wife Mal, while Ariadne had soms some ShipTease with Arthur.
13th May '16 10:21:34 PM Adept
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* TheNotLoveInterest: Ariadne to Cobb. She grows to understand him more than any of the other crew, and [[spoiler:is perhaps single-handedly responsible for saving his soul]]. At the same time, her concerns are more practical than romantic, [[spoiler:as Cobb was taking an ''enormous'' gamble with everyone's lives.]]

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* TheNotLoveInterest: Ariadne to Cobb. She grows to understand him more than any of the other crew, and [[spoiler:is perhaps single-handedly the person responsible for saving his soul]]. At the same time, her concerns are more practical than romantic, [[spoiler:as Cobb was taking an ''enormous'' gamble with everyone's lives.]]]] Over the course of the story, it becomes clear that Cobb is still in love with his late wife Mal, while Ariadne had soms ShipTease with Arthur.
12th May '16 3:11:13 AM XFllo
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[[Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio Dominic Cobb]] works as a freelance "extractor": using [[AppliedPhlebotinum a specialized set of drugs]], Cobb and his team share dreams with their targets (usually individuals with lots of power and money), which allows Cobb to find and open the safes and vaults within said dreams that contain secrets he can sell to his clients. Cobb's skills in understanding the human mind make him one of the world's best extractors, but his job has turned him into an international fugitive who can't return home to his family in the United States. When an attempt to extract information from a Japanese business magnate named [[Creator/KenWatanabe Saito]] goes wrong, Cobb goes on the run from his current employers.

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[[Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio Dominic Cobb]] Cobb (Leonardo[=DiCaprio=]) works as a freelance "extractor": using [[AppliedPhlebotinum a specialized set of drugs]], Cobb and his team share dreams with their targets (usually individuals with lots of power and money), which allows Cobb to find and open the safes and vaults within said dreams that contain secrets he can sell to his clients. Cobb's skills in understanding the human mind make him one of the world's best extractors, but his job has turned him into an international fugitive who can't return home to his family in the United States. When an attempt to extract information from a Japanese business magnate named [[Creator/KenWatanabe Saito]] Saito (Ken Watanabe) goes wrong, Cobb goes on the run from his current employers.



To attempt the impossible, Cobb [[AvengersAssemble assembles]] a BadassCrew of experts: longtime extraction partner [[Creator/JosephGordonLevitt Arthur]], dreamworld-building architect [[Creator/EllenPage Ariadne]], expert forger [[Creator/TomHardy Eames]], and chemist Yusuf (who devises the specialized sedatives that make extraction possible). The task requires them to perform a very risky "[[ImpossibleMission dream within a dream within a dream]]" scenario which will allow the team to bury the idea deep enough to leave no trace of their influence. As Cobb's group works their way into the target's mind, a complication Cobb failed to warn them about arises: inside the dream world, [[EnemyWithin Cobb's subconscious demons]] makes for a worse enemy than their target's -- and if they die in the dream, well, the sedatives assure that [[YourMindMakesItReal they simply don't wake up]]...

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To attempt the impossible, Cobb [[AvengersAssemble assembles]] a BadassCrew of experts: longtime extraction partner [[Creator/JosephGordonLevitt Arthur]], Arthur (Joseph Gordon Levitt), dreamworld-building architect [[Creator/EllenPage Ariadne]], Ariadne (Ellen Page), expert forger [[Creator/TomHardy Eames]], Eames (Tom Hardy), and chemist Yusuf (who devises the specialized sedatives that make extraction possible). The task requires them to perform a very risky "[[ImpossibleMission dream within a dream within a dream]]" scenario which will allow the team to bury the idea deep enough to leave no trace of their influence. As Cobb's group works their way into the target's mind, a complication Cobb failed to warn them about arises: inside the dream world, [[EnemyWithin Cobb's subconscious demons]] makes for a worse enemy than their target's -- and if they die in the dream, well, the sedatives assure that [[YourMindMakesItReal they simply don't wake up]]...



** Mal and Cobb, who keep taking opposing standpoints on ThisIsReality versus AllJustADream.
-->No creeping doubts? Not feeling persecuted, Dom? Chased around the globe by anonymous corporations and police forces, the way the projections persecute the dreamer? Admit it: you don't believe in one reality anymore.



** This is also invoked (earlier in the film) by Mal and Cobb, who keep taking opposing standpoints on ThisIsReality versus AllJustADream.
-->No creeping doubts? Not feeling persecuted, Dom? Chased around the globe by anonymous corporations and police forces, the way the projections persecute the dreamer? Admit it: you don't believe in one reality anymore.



* AndIMustScream: Limbo. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Or not]] -- since you are a PhysicalGod there, it's far from suffering; Mal and Cobb didn't seem to mind it.]]
** [[spoiler:It's not so much limbo as it is the ''effects'' Limbo has on the mind. Since, once there, you are a PhysicalGod, you have decades worth of time in a single afternoon... Limbo is, in a way, a LotusEaterMachine version of the perfect world. Leaving it is likened to a drug-addict off their fix... you can't just up and leave, you'll always want to go back. You'll ''"need"'' to just to have some sense of feeling. And that is the grand fear of limbo, because once you tasted it... you never want to leave, even if the door is right in front of you.]]

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* AndIMustScream: AndIMustScream:
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Limbo. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Or not]] -- since you are a PhysicalGod there, it's far from suffering; Mal and Cobb didn't seem to mind it.]]
** [[spoiler:It's
It's not so much limbo as it is the ''effects'' Limbo has on the mind. Since, once there, you are a PhysicalGod, you have decades worth of time in a single afternoon... Limbo is, in a way, a LotusEaterMachine version of the perfect world. Leaving it is likened to a drug-addict off their fix... you can't just up and leave, you'll always want to go back. You'll ''"need"'' to just to have some sense of feeling. And that is the grand fear of limbo, because once you tasted it... you never want to leave, even if the door is right in front of you.]]



* AntiVillain: Mal, in a fashion.

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%% * AntiVillain: Mal, in a fashion.
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