Ready to get your perception of the world righteously frakked? This is comfortable territory for director Christopher Nolan, who toyed with the very notion of objective reality in Memento and The Prestige. His newest movie,
Inception, sends corporate spy Leonardo DiCaprio into the endlessly mutable world of people's dreams. But Nolan isn't alone in this field — the mischievous Japanese animator Satoshi Kon has frequently flung his characters into the dreams and memories of others, no more enthusiastically than in the furiously surreal R-rated Paprika.
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Ever get the feeling the movie industry is being subsidized by Starbucks? Stealthy vampires, body-snatching pod-people, blade-fingered psycho killers — the message from your multiplex is clear: You're better off staying up all night. Now, on top of that, modern technology is giving corporate spies — such as DiCaprio's Dom Cobb and his support team that includes Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt — the power to enter dreams, steal secrets, and plant manipulative ideas. We don't know about you, but to us this idea is more frightening than Freddy Krueger ever could be.
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If the idea of people stealing into your dreams and planting ideas is unsettling, consider this: What if someone sinister got hold of that dream-raiding device and started mashing everyone's dreams with his own twisted obsessions, to the point where the lines between fiction and fact were totally blurred? That's the challenge faced by Dr. Atsuko Chiba and her dream persona, Paprika, in this simultaneously ominous and surprisingly joyous fantasy. There's no real gunplay here, but there is a murder mystery ... sort of. Warning: After this, geisha dolls might show up in your nightmares.