Inception follows the story of the thief Dom Cobb who is able to invade peoples dreams and steal ideas from them. Cobb lost everything and is forced to perform inception, placing an idea into someones head to make them think that it's there own, in a last ditch attempt to return to the united states and be reacquainted with his children. However Cobb's past is interfering with his work endangering the mission and Cobb's chance of seeing his children are in jeopardy.
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The closing scene for Inception has caused much frustration and speculation as to what happens to Cobb. The ending is very postmodern in where Cobb enters his home to embrace his children again and with clever cinematography the audience is left with a painfully ambiguous ending as to whether Cobb is still dreaming. Looking into postmodernism and metaphysical realism we can understand how inception fits into the postmodern branch 'Philosophically, metaphysical realism includes a commitment to...the notion that there is one way the world really is and ...the notion that the basic laws of logic (identity, noncontradiction, excluded middle) apply to reality. Postmodernism involves an antirealist rejection of these realist commitments..."reality" is a social construction. Language creates reality, and what is real for one linguistic group may be unreal for another.' (Moreland, 2003:145). There are many links to this throughout inception such as when the team visit a dream inducing den Eames: They come here every day to sleep? Elderly Bald Man: [towards Cobb] No. They come to be woken up. The dream has become their reality. Who are you to say otherwise, son?. In this case the elderly man takes up a postmodern stand in that the 'dreamers' perceive their dreams to be the reality as they are in control and it is relative to them. This is much like the ending with Cobb believing to have escaped his dream back into reality. However because of the ambiguous ending the audience is led to believe that Cobb could still be dreaming and that his dream has now become his reality.
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Baudrillard, Jean (1994) Simulacra and Simulation accessed on 12/10/2011
Inception quote - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1375666/quotes?qt=qt1265560
Moreland, James Porter (2003) Philosophical foundations for a Christian worldview accessed on 12/10/2011