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POSTMODERNISM IN INCEPTION
Transcript of POSTMODERNISM IN INCEPTION
Dream world conceals the lack of a purported reality.
Each level of the subconscious mind acts as a simulation of the previous level.
Limbo is a simulacrum as it is the furthest point from reality.
Summary of Inception
is referred to during the film, it expands on the idea that anything in a dream can be possible with the architect's reality.
Dom Cobb is a thief, capable of entering people’s minds and stealing their thoughts.
His ability to enter people's minds has forced him to lose sight of the real world and be consumed by the fantasy of the dream world.
He is offered a job by Saito (a rich and powerful man interested in obtaining a multi-billion dollar company) that could possibly bring reality back into his life. Saito's task for Cobb is to incept someone's mind.
Saito's target is Robert Fischer, the heir to an energy business empire, which has the potential to rule the world.
Cobb knows this is possible as he has performed inception on his late wife in the past. This task of inception forced his wife into insanity. As a result, she lost the ability to differentiate from reality and fantasy and committed suicide.
He agrees to help Saito because he has offered to exempt Cobb of the murder charges he faces in the real world, allowing him to see his children again.
Threatens the difference between true and false.
It forces the viewer to question whether what they are watching is a dream or reality.
A multitude of stages allows characters to die in one dream and wake up in another.
No absolute truth exists because reality is constantly changing.
Maximalism/Minimalism and Temporal Distortion
POSTMODERNISM IN INCEPTION
Ariadne has a reference towards the greek myth having to do with the Mistress of the Maze, showing a connection between Ariadne as she designs mazes.
Technology used such as the dream machine and Inception software are examples of science fiction.
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refers to a work that is too large or fragmented to offer a coherent outcome.
The dream stage of "limbo" is a maximalist image for Cobb and Mal as the characters create things from their own memory. They do not instantly realize that "limbo" is not reality.
Temporal Distortion is also present in Inception as as the non-linear plot is difficult to understand.
renders the viewer questioning the plot of the story as details are excluded.
For example, the viewer is left to question whether Cobb is thriving in the dream world or real world after the spinning totem is shown at the end of the film.
The elements depicted in the following scene such as costumes worn by the dream machine team and the vault in which Fischer's father resides are examples of science fiction.
Neo noir is a style often seen in modern motion pictures prominently utilize elements of film noir, but with updated themes, content, style, visual elements or media that were absent in films noir of the 1940s and 1950s.
Dark, soft lighting
Protagonist (Cobb) displays equally good and evil qualities, attempting to flee torments opposed on him externally as he is trapped in his own mind.
Flashbacks as narrative device
Presence of a Femme Fatale character: Mal is a femme fatale as she is fatal to herself
Frequent images of water and distorted mirrors
Oneiric nature- using a metaphor of dream and the aura of confusion
Cobb as a non-heroic hero
Use of violence and paranoia
Characteristics of Neo Noir that are present in
Throughout Inception, there are many action scenes.
Use of violence and weaponry is heavily incorporated.
Black humour is also incorporated when operatic music plays as the van plummets into the water and the viewer believes that the passengers will die.