Just in time for tomorrow’s home video release of “Inception,” here is a fan-made version of the film for those of us wondering how it might have looked as directed by Mike Figgis in 2000. Seriously, though, YouTuber weikang has simply separated the four dream levels in the movie, cut each together as whole, continuity-wise, and then placed them each side by side in a quartered split-screen, a la “Time Code.” And because of the logic of the film, the sequences are in “real-time” but they don’t play at the same speed. It’s just an exercise and not very entertaining. And referring to it as ‘”Inception” in four and a half minutes’ just won’t do since it leaves out all the stuff before and after the dream — which of course many viewers believe to also be the dream.
Though it would be much longer than the YouTube format allows, I’d prefer to see the “real-time” of these simultaneously occurring dream levels where the fourth (limbo) is played at normal speed and the others are in slow motion. As it is here, with the first level (the van chase) at normal speed and each subsequent level played faster, it’s all a big blur. We want to see the correlating moments clearly to see how and if Christopher Nolan did it correctly, merely for structural analysis, just as we curiously watched “Memento” in forward-moving time for the same.
Watch after the jump.