 Questioning reality and „truth‟
- what is reality?
- film suggests that the reality of each person is
different based on...
“is presented as imaginary in order to make
us believe that the rest is real”.
At the start we are presented with a dream ...
 “their dream has become their reality”
 Cobb‟s wife commits suicide because she doesn‟t know
what is real and what is a...
 The first stage is a faithful image/copy
 The second stage is perversion of
reality, Here, signs and images do not
fait...
 1. The first level of the dream takes place on
busy city streets. As the analog of the first
stage of the sign, “it is a...
 2. The next level takes place in a hotel. Cobb
admits to Fischer that it is all a dream, but
hides the fact that he is a...
 3. This level takes place in a snowbound
mountain fortress)the kind usually occupied
by the main villain in a James Bond...
 4. Dying under the kind of sedation necessary
to reach three dream-levels will send
dreamers into Limbo. Limbo is not a ...
 “Baudrillard saw our Post Modern world as lacking
in meaning/substance because we have lost
contact with the „real‟
 Ja...
 Overall, Inception is very postmodern
because it complies with the theories of both
Strinati and Baudrillard. Also, it h...
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  • Elevator sceneDrug Den scene 40;25Ending 02:22
  • Inception 2014

    1. 1.  Questioning reality and „truth‟ - what is reality? - film suggests that the reality of each person is different based on their own perceptions - where does the dream begin and end? - according to the film, there is no definite truth to explain the world (rejects „truth‟ which is a key part of the post modern worldview) “you don‟t believe in one reality anymore.”- Mal to Cobb
    2. 2. “is presented as imaginary in order to make us believe that the rest is real”. At the start we are presented with a dream (where Cobb is trying to steal from Saito) we learn quickly that this is a dream so we think it is real when everyone wakes up in the apartment during a riot, yet this too is a dream In the „Inception‟ they tell Fisher that it is a dream so he will believe that they are there to help By the end can we tell real from dream?
    3. 3.  “their dream has become their reality”  Cobb‟s wife commits suicide because she doesn‟t know what is real and what is a dream anymore  For Cobb, the dreams he has of his wife are his reality.  The ambiguity at the end when the audience doesn‟t see whether the totem keeps spinning or not- fails to conclude whether Cobb is in a dream or not.  You need a totem to tell you if you are in the real world or not – Hyper reality of all around us like a trap or prison (Baudrillard was big on this!)  Does Cobb care any more about reality (the ending)? Do we?
    4. 4.  The first stage is a faithful image/copy  The second stage is perversion of reality, Here, signs and images do not faithfully reveal reality to us. Reality has been slightly heighten or exaggerated.  The third stage masks the absence of a profound reality, where the simulacrum pretends to be a faithful copy, but it is a copy with no original.  The fourth stage is pure simulation, in which the simulacrum has no relationship to any reality whatsoever.
    5. 5.  1. The first level of the dream takes place on busy city streets. As the analog of the first stage of the sign, “it is a representation of reality.” It‟s a copy but a faithful one.
    6. 6.  2. The next level takes place in a hotel. Cobb admits to Fischer that it is all a dream, but hides the fact that he is a fellow dreamer, pretending to be “Mr. Charles,” a subconscious projection of Fischer‟s. In this way, Cobb “masks and perverts a basic reality” the way a second order sign does.
    7. 7.  3. This level takes place in a snowbound mountain fortress)the kind usually occupied by the main villain in a James Bond movie. Movie-like, the third level “masks the absence of a basic reality because it is based on fiction.” There is no real place like this
    8. 8.  4. Dying under the kind of sedation necessary to reach three dream-levels will send dreamers into Limbo. Limbo is not a level, but as an “unconstructed dream space.” Anything can happen there; it is a “pure simulacrum”, pure simulation/ hyperreality- Stage Four
    9. 9.  “Baudrillard saw our Post Modern world as lacking in meaning/substance because we have lost contact with the „real‟  Jameson (yet another theorist) talked about the post modern world being „depthless‟  Yet this film is full of meaning and tackles some very big philosophical ideas, the plot is complex as are the characters and notions of good and evil
    10. 10.  Overall, Inception is very postmodern because it complies with the theories of both Strinati and Baudrillard. Also, it has postmodern media concepts and presents a distortion of reality.
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