English 207 Expository Writing
24 February 2011
Science Fiction at Its Best
Going out to watch a movie has gained popularity in today’s society due to hard times. Some people like comedies, romance, or even the occasional horror film. Always having an adventurous mind has brought me to watching some of the latest science fiction mystery films. Two recent movies that fit the genre are arguably the two best movies made in the last few years. Inception (2010) is a movie where a thief uses his victim’s subconscious to reveal protected information. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) is a movie about a man who has made a bet with the devil and has the ability to let people explore their imaginations after going through a magical mirror, and choosing between good and evil. Both films propose the ideas of traveling through the subconscious mind of someone, entering a different type of “world.”
Inception is about Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a highly trained spy, whose job is to “unlock” critical information through entering his victim’s dreams. Unlike The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, technology exists in Cobbs world enabling him to do this. During Cobbs’ duration of duty he spends years in people’s subconscious when in reality it’s only minutes making him deranged which causes him to have a strange outlook on the world. Through time on duty, Cobb made bad decisions that caused him to never be able to see his children again. In his last mission he would have to travel three subconscious levels deep which would mean he could be trapped in there for decades. In the end Cobb got his children back and uses his spinning top to test that he is actually in reality. He gets distracted by his children and the viewer soon realizes the top keeps spinning and he is still in limbo. Inception was written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. It took him nine years to get his 80 page script to finally hit the films. During this time he...