Inception - The Archetypes in Inception


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Inception - The Archetypes in Inception

  1. 1. Angelique TsangInteractive Movie Club analysisDecember 2011
  2. 2. Cobb: What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? Avirus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highlycontagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain itsalmost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed- fully understood - that sticks; right in there somewhere.
  3. 3. What could be motifs for inception / extraction:TrainingFunCreationIllegitimate purposes – ultimate power and controlWhen are you more vulnerable for inception?
  4. 4. Cobb: I think positive emotion trumpsnegative emotion every time.Cobb: Im going to improvise. Listen, theressomething you should know about me...about inception. An idea is like a virus,resilient, highly contagious. The smallest seedof an idea can grow. It can grow to define ordestroy you.Eames: What you have to do it start at theabsolute basic.
  5. 5. How does the subconscious protect us, what from and when is it harmful?Arthur: What about his security? Its gonna get worse as we go deeper.Cobb: I think we run with Mr. Charles.Arthur: No.Eames: Whos Mr. Charles?Arthur: Bad idea.Cobb: The second we get in that hotel with Fischer, his security is gonna be allover us. We run with Mr. Charles like we did on the Stein job.Eames: So youve done it before?Arthur: Yeah, and it didnt work. The subject realized he was dreaming and hissubconscious tore us to pieces.
  6. 6. How does the subconscious protect us, what from and when is it harmful?Safes: to lock away what could destroy or healusTo protect us from invasion from others butalso from what could heal us.Cognitive dissonance : Our worldview/oldidentity is resistant to new ideasTotem: How do we know it’s our dream/realityor somebody else’s?
  7. 7. How do dreams wake us up? When are dreams our reality?The gap between dream and reality: is the dream an escape or is the dreamworld used to wake you up?Why do we need to escape reality?
  8. 8. Cobb: Never recreate from your memory. Always imagine new places!Ariadne: These arent just dreams. These are memories. And you saidnever to use memories.Cobb: I know I did.Ariadne: Youre trying to keep her alive. You cant let her go.Cobb: You dont understand. These are moments I regret, thememories that I have to change.
  9. 9. How does healing occurCobb: I cant stay with her anymore because she doesnt exist.Mal: Im the only thing you do believe in anymore.Cobb: I wish. I wish more than anything. But I cant imagine youwith all your complexity, all you perfection, all yourimperfection. Look at you. You are just a shade of my real wife.Youre the best I can do; but Im sorry, you are just not goodenough.
  10. 10. Going down the subconscious to rescue what was lost / forgottenThe unhealed wounds as main drives and how relentless they are.Catharsis:- is about Love, giving it and getting it- letting go of the past and waking up from the unreality of projections- letting go of an idea that hurts and seeing in a new way- Whether it is “real” does not matter, if it heals, the negative compulsive emotional drivedissipates