From Memento to The Dark Knight to Inception, Christopher Nolan manages to create films that are intelligent, thought-provoking and not quite what you would expect. Inception is the sort of film that is more about the puzzle. The visuals, the music, and the overlying subject matter make this one of the best science fiction thrillers to come out in the recent decade.
The 2010 film was directed by Nolan and co-produced by Emma Thomas. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious and is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious. The cast also includes Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine.
There are many great sequences in the movie, one of those that stands out as memorable is the scene in Paris. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is no longer able to build dream worlds into which marks are lured. Seeking a new architect, he finds Ariadne (Ellen Page). A wonderfully named character as Ariadne in Greek mythology is the goddess of mazes and labyrinths.
In this scene, we get a tutorial of the rules of the dream. It’s both a lesson for the audience they’ll badly need later when the action becomes faster and you switch quickly from scene to scene, but also a showcase of what’s possible when a mind like Ariadne’s is freed from any design construct as she bends the whole of Paris in on itself.