I hereby decree

by David LeMieux

 

Bow chicka bow wow

Err... wait, Inception. I really enjoyed the film. It was a great action movie; intelligent and original enough to be worth watching multiple times.

One aspect of the movie I really enjoyed was the musical score. In fact, I find myself keen on many of the movie soundtracks composed by Hans Zimmer (Batman Begins/Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, and more).

Anyway, if you've seen Inception you know that the protagonists do much of their deeds in a dream state. In fact, they induce dreams within dreams. For every level deeper they go in the dream worlds, time slows down. In other words, you have more perceived time in a second layer dream than you do in a first layer dream, even though the same real time is passing. Confused? Watch the movie.

Whenever they want to be awoken from their dream state, someone has to initiate a "kick" - or some kind of semi-violent wake up call, like the feeling of falling or being hit. To signal that said "kick" is coming, they use an audible hint: The song Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien by Edith Piaf. (Seriously, if you are totally not following me go watch the movie then come back.) So that is why when I found this YouTube clip:


Same music, just slowed down.

I was amazed. "What a clever trick," I thought to myself, "I wonder if it is on purpose. It has to be." It turns it was. In fact, Hans Zimmer has admitted that much of the soundtrack is based on that one song.

So, a clever movie with a subtly clever soundtrack. If you haven't seen it already, go see it. Now.

 

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