Posted on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 by Devindra Hardawar
And here I thought that I have been watching the Inception trailers a bit too much. Filmmaker Jerome G. Villarin has watched the trailers so much that he took it upon himself to re-edit the footage into something that makes more sense. He also proceeds to speculate on the plot, characters, and their motivations. Needless to say, I think he might be on to something.
His recut trailer and analysis, along with my own thoughts, after the break.
Cut to the Moon score, Villarin’s edit breaks up the footage into several distinct sections. First up there’s “Joseph Gordon-Levitt fights”, which takes place across two different floors, followed by “Train vs taxi”, “The water glass”, “Leo and Ellen in Paris”, “Entering the hotel”, “The kick”, “Lukas dragged from Leo”, and a montage of unordered scenes.
View the recut trailer below, or in HD over at Vimeo:
While it doesn’t work miracles, Villarin’s edit does point to some interesting speculation. For one, when DiCaprio says, “He’s hiding something and we need to find out what that is,” Villarin thinks that could point to Lukas Haas being the person in question, since that voiceover begins during the short clip of Haas being dragged away. Potentially, this could mean he’s a villain, and that his mind is the setting of most of the trailer footage.
He goes even further and speculates that the idea they’re trying to steal is actually Ken Watanabe’s character, Saito, formed by Haas.
I’m personally less concerned with character specifics at this point — I want to know about the greater ideas Nolan is dealing with in the film. Is it just going to be a Matrix meets Dark City mind trip, or is there much more going on that we’re not yet privy to. (I’d place my bets on the latter, of course.) The film’s concept also reminds me of the Satoshi Kon anime film Paprika, and Haruki Murakami’s novel Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. If its anywhere near as memorable as those two works of art, I’ll be happy.
[Via Eating Class]