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Friday, August 20, 2010

Spoiler-tastic further thoughts on Inception

Don't look at the spinning totem thing, really.
It's just a distraction - so they tell me. Certainly distracted me.
Reall,y don't read this if you haven't seen it yet. Anything and everything in this post may well spoil the entire first viewing of the movie for you, as I'm asking questions about things in a film that you haven't even realised are questions yet.

So, anyway, why were his kids the exact same age when he found them as throughout the movie? Most likely because he's still dreaming. Why does everything he's trying to tell you about Inception mirror his own journey - redemption, catharsis, relationship with his father, etc. The question of when he actually falls asleep to enter this dream is another matter entirely.

I've heard that the spinning totem, that his wife originally used, is a distraction, and the presence of his wedding ring (that I didn't notice either way) is the real key. We know, of course, that the spinning totem appeared in his dreams, which makes it a pretty useless totem to see if he's grounded in reality or not. He set it spinning in the safe in the doll's house when they were in limbo, so why on earth would he use it himself to prove the nature of reality, when his dreams would surely compensate for that - the fact it originally belonged to his wife doubly so.

Just who's subconscious are we in, anyway? Christopher Nolan's, most likely. "It was all a dream," is an often annoying conclusion to a film, but with the themes Inception explores, that's not a bad thing.

This isn't like Memento, in that you can obviously 'get' the premise behind it, watch it again and see everything coming, enjoying it back/forwards. Everything that Nolan has shown us may be representing reality, or one of the induced dream states and, short of throttling the man until he gives us the truth, we can but pick apart every scene, event and marker to decide what it was telling us, debate how, who, what, when, why and where.

All of which means that Inception qualifies as a piece of art: provoking emotion, interpretation and discussion. Like Battlefield Earth, only the opposite in every way; I don't think I saw a curtain wipe once!

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