No.003 《Inception》 盗梦空间 这个世界是真实还是梦境
Inception is a 2010 British-American science fiction film written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb.
Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.
Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.
Shortly after finishing Insomnia (2002), Nolan wrote an 80-page treatment about "dream stealers" and presented the idea to Warner Bros., envisioned as a horror film inspired by lucid dreaming. Feeling he needed to have more experience with large-scale film production, Nolan retired the project and instead worked on Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), and The Dark Knight (2008). He spent six months polishing the script before Warner Bros. purchased it in February 2009. Inception was filmed in six countries and four continents, beginning in Tokyo on June 19, 2009, and finishing in Canada on November 22, 2009. Its official budget was $160 million, a cost which was split between Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures. Nolan's reputation and success with The Dark Knight helped secure the film's $100 million in advertising expenditure, with most of the publicity involving viral marketing.
Inception premiered in London on July 8, 2010, and was released in both conventional and IMAX theaters on July 16, 2010. A box office success, Inception has grossed over $800 million worldwide becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time. The home video market also had strong results, with $68 million in DVD sales. Inception has received wide critical acclaim and numerous critics have praised its originality, cast, score, and visual effects. It won Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Cinematography, and was also nominated for four more: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Art Direction.
Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse
Pull off是英语中的一个固定搭配，在文中，它是“（成功或艰苦地）完成；赢得”的意思，比如：Father enjoys pulling off a miracle.（父亲总喜欢一鸣惊人。）该搭配还可用于表达“把（机动车）开到路旁停车处（或路边）；把（车、船等）开离”的意思，比如：The boat pulled off from the shore.（这条船驶离海岸。）另外，该搭配其他较常见的意思有“拿掉；拉开（某人或某物）；扯下；撕开；剥掉；脱掉（衣、帽、鞋等）”等。
我们都知道，picture有“图片，照片”的意思，但文中的picture并不是该意思，而是“影片”的意思，所以best picture是“最佳影片”的意思，是奥斯卡奖、艾美奖等其他奖项中的最重要的一个奖项。比如：It was also the first color film to win for best picture.（它同时还是第一部赢得最佳影片奖的彩色电影。）
ensemble[?sbl?] n. 全体；总效果；全套服装；全套家具；合奏组
extraction[ik?strækn] n. 取出；抽出；拔出；抽出物；出身
subconscious[?s?b?k?ns] n. 潜在意识；下意识心理活动
vulnerable[?v?ln?r?bl] adj. 易受攻击的，易受…的攻击；易受伤害的；有弱点的
treacherous[?tretr?s] adj. 奸诈的，叛逆的，背叛的；危险的；不牢靠的
espionage[?espinɑ:?] n. 间谍；间谍活动；刺探
fugitive[?fju:d?itiv] n. 逃亡者；难捕捉之物
redemption[ri?dempn] n. 赎回；拯救；偿还；实践
envision[in?vin] vt. 想象；预想
reputation[?repju?tein] n. 名声，名誉；声望
expenditure[iks?pendit] n. 支出，花费；经费，消费额
conventional[k?n?venn?l] adj. 符合习俗的，传统的；常见的；惯例的