Inception: What really is real?

In college, my professor in Sociology told us in class one time that dreams are just mixed-up thoughts in our subconscious. We have memory banks that overflow when the brain is at rest, and such happens when we sleep. Thus, this overflow results to combined ideas in the mind—memories, aspirations—just about anything we have thought of or currently thinking about. Of course, that is just one explanation.

I’ve been wanting to see Inception ever since my friends kept on posting about it on social networking sites. Most of them were raving about the film, and it seemed like it wasn’t just a mindless flick—I was really right about that. I won’t go into detail with regard to the plot, but there were some Titanic references (yes, I was listing those in my mind while I was watching the film and analyzing it at the same time).

 

  • Mal’s “If I jump, will I survive?”

 

 

 

      I wanted Cobb to reply, “You jump, I jump, remember?” Oops, I think Leo is not talking to Kate Winslet in this movie.

  • Whisper whispers

 

 

 

    There was a scene in the movie where Mal (I am not sure if it really was her) was whispering Cobb’s name. Which reminded me of Rose’s struggle to wake up a frozen Jack.

K, I admit, I’ve been thinking too much.

For people who have watched the movie, you know how it began and how it ended. What I found amazing about this movie is that people didn’t stop thinking when the credits rolled; I’ve searched the Internet for reviews about the movie after I saw it and was impressed how it sparked numerous discussions on what really happened. The discussion over at Screen Rant is a really good read. There are plenty of interesting points raised on that site, and most of those presented were also my questions or assumptions regarding what really happened. Here are some:

What if the entire film was a dream, up until the point that Cobb woke up on the plane?
Pretty crazy, this conclusion presents the least reason, unless this was really the intention of the scriptwriter. This however is the kind of conclusion that does not promote more “whys”, so I’d like to dismiss this and think that the filmmaker means more than making a two-house spectacle on the big screen.

Whose totem really is it, anyway?
In the film, it was explained that totems should not be shown to anyone as it will be one’s basis for reality, to check whether the current setup is within someone else’s dream, like holding it to feel its texture or to have an idea on how it weighs. Eventually in the film Cobb reveals that it was Mal’s totem, so when Cobb uses it, it’s practically useless as it was not his. The ending made me initially think that he might be still within a dream, but after reading some comments (like how it actually wobbled and that it wasn’t his in the first place), I personally think there’s no better way to end the film than ending it abruptly while the top was spinning. Relative, relative. Movie endings are relative, Cobb’s reality must be relative at that point, with him walking away from it.

We have been incepted by this idea of relative reality by the filmmaker
Pushing the concept a little too far, but hey, without using the term “incepted,” it’s how films are. Some movies leave a lasting impression to viewers, some don’t. Some films are based on pure reality, some are mixed with outrageous ideas, some are just straight fiction. This point makes me want to check out my notes in Film class. If I may add, I bumped into the Ces Orsal during this year’s Cinemalaya. The CA2 memories suddenly rushed back in.

The latter part of the film left me all confused, when Cobb and Saito, as an aged man, meets again and delivers familiar lines to each other. There were also discussions on Cobb not wearing his wedding band in some parts of the movie (I haven’t even noticed it, shame on me!), even thoughts that Cobb’s father might have incepted such elaborate idea on Cobb so he comes back to his children.

Hmm. Now I’m hungry.

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  • Claud

    M! I didn’t read this post. Just because ‘di ko pa napapanood Inception. Waaah.

    • MM

      Claud!!! How are you? Woohoo, we’re back to this. :P

      Nood na! It’s really good. :)

  • Anagon

    So many theoriessss! Grabe nalilito nadin ako the more i read online hahaha, nanuod uli kami round2, and inobserbahan ko yun ring thing =D diko na catch yun sa last part parin, hay! ;p

    • MM

      Ang daming weird theories! Buti ka pa nakapagtake-two na. :)

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