Inception and Reality

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“I’ll tell you a riddle. You’re waiting for a train. A train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you can’t be sure. But it doesn’t matter. How can it not matter to you where this train will take you?”

So, for those of you who are like me and never see new releases, you’ve been missing out! I just finished watching Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan of Dark Knight fame. I’ve never actually seen Dark Knight, but if it’s anywhere close to as thrilling as Inception, I’m totally up for it!

The basic plot, if you can say that Inception has a basic plot, is about a man trying to pull off the greatest con in history- planting an idea in someone’s mind, also known as inception.

IMDb sums it up like this:

“Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.”

I loved how the story kept you guessing and thinking. If you’re looking for a pointless flick you can doze off in the middle of, choose a different flick. This one has action, excitement, and twists and turns galore.

I personally appreciated the questions that were brought up about reality and our perception of it. Descartes said, “Cogito ergo sum,” I think therefore I am. He believed that  if a person questions their existence , the very act of questioning proves that they do in fact exist. So, it’s fairly easy to determine that you, personally, exist (if you agree with Descartes…). However, it is much, much harder to be sure of the validity of reality as a whole.

Now, take the difficulty of determining this one reality, the so-called “true” reality, and multiple by millions of mini-realities, little fractals that  may or may not exist at all. It’s like being trapped in a hall of mirrors. No matter which way you turn, you find yourself being confronted by your own reflection.  Each of the min-realities seems to be “true” because it shows you something you’re familiar with, something you associate with. But that doesn’t make it true. All it means that it is something you perceive as true. And we all know how wrong perceptions can be…

That is the beauty of Inception. It takes those kind of thoughts and turns them into something thrilling, compelling, and unexpected.

Leave me a comment with your opinion of Inception.

* By the way, world view fans, my personal opinion is that this movie is humanistic, but in a Jekyll/Hyde way, not a Frankenstein.  It isn’t society as a corrupting force, but rather the battle of the individual against their darker side.

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