Here is something one ED viewer said. I thought it was very insightfule so I kept it.
As I have read several messages saying that the story was poor, or difficult to understand, I’d want to tell you what I have understood for my own. It is only my point of view, and I’d be very pleased to read yours!
I have to say that I have special reasons to like it, because I’m a lucid dreamer.
I have studied dreams for at least 20 years on my free time, and I have written a book about lucid dreams.
Even being often lucid while dreaming, I early noticed that some characters, supposed to be created by my imagination, seemed to be really autonomous.
I have encountered some of them who were sure that they were sleeping and dreaming and that “I” was the product of their own imagination!
I called these characters the “Rebels”.
In fact, our counscious and our unconscious can be considered as two independent characters, playing or fighting together in the dream world.
When we are aware that we are dreaming, we (our conscious) believe that this is sufficient to do everything we wish to do! This is really an error, because we share the environment with our unconscious, and most of the decor and events are made by “him” !
In the movie, Proog seems to believe that he was “here” first, and wants to show the world (called the machine) to Emo. In his mind, Emo is a visitor, a newbie.
For my own, I see Proog like the dreamer who thinks he is lucid, and believes that because of that he can master the situation.
At the end of the story, the unconscious, enbodied by Emo, shows to Proog that he doesn’t master anything.
Thrown into confusion, Proog hits Emo’s head and the dream stops…
That can be understood as a metaphor : When the plans of the unconscious are discovered by the conscious, often the dream stops.
I think also that there are many symbols in the movie.
At the beginning, there are hundreds of cables and plugs, establishing connections. They can be seen as synapsis establishing neuronal connections. It is the starting point of a bad dream, a kind of nightmare in which Proog flees from un unknown danger, like in many nightmares.
The danger itself has no importance. In a night mare, you generally have to escape. The escape is the main goal,and you do not have time to think about what is really the threat!
When Proog and Emo arrive at the end of the strange footbridge, there is no more way to go. Apparently they can’t escape, but the dream has just started and it is not time for a end.
As often in dreams, the unconscious quickly makes a change in the story, introducing a new scene. This is the job of the typewriter robot: he symbolizes the work of the unconscious writing the next scene of the screenplay.
The keys of the typewriter appear under the feet of the characters, and allow them to continue their way, making a link over the nothingness, until a new scene is constructed…
Much more could be said about the movie, but I’m sure that many people will write some comments here in the next days, so thats enough!
Just few more things : Have I said that the animation was great ? That the texture were very good? That I liked the music ? That the whole movie was Great ?