Inception 2014


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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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