Inception Explanation Some Movies Are Based on Essay

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Some movies are based on philosophical themes that run through the whole movie and imply meaning other than those being visibly represented. Inception was also one such movie, directed and co-produced by Christopher Nolan, the famed director of Insomnia. The director's favorite theme to make movies has been dreams and we see the same in this movie 'Inception'. The director has taken dreams to represent the power of human perception and how it can influence the subconscious of man. The two main philosophical aspects that Nolan has tried to discover are "On being awake or asleep and dreaming" and 'reality vs. unreality'. The different characters of the movie shared dream space and once shaken in the dreams, the person got up from the deep sleep. Persons having dreams were only made to wake up either when they died in the dream and by kicking them in the dream. The thesis statement that will be defended in this paper is that 'human mind is capable to deception and making unreal things look real. Not only the subconscious of human beings can be entered into but also it can be incepted. By incepting into the dreams of other people, ideas can be sowed in their minds and thus, the unreality can be pitched as reality in others' mind. By accessing the unconscious mind, people masterful in this art can influence others." The commodification of psyche (Fisher) is also a subtheme of the movie.

Synopsis of Inception

The film is technically a heist movie. The dream was used as a device to tell a story and most part of the movie revolves around dreams and layers of dreams. The main character played by Leonardo DiCaprio use dreams to enter the subconscious of other peoples' mind and acquire the most intimate details of their lives. However, Leonardo himself feels lonely as his partner has long before died and visits him in the dreams. She disturbs him while he steals the thoughts of other people. Dom Cobb, played by Leonardo is best depiction of a person's ability to extract information by entering the dreams of other people. This ability provides with fame in the world of corporate espionage. Since Cobb (Leonardo) has become a fugitive of international rank and file, his life becomes miserable snatching from him his dearest one, his wife as well.

To redeem himself from this world of guilt and dream espionage, he agrees to take on one last job that is essentially different and difficult than what he has been doing. He is assigned to accomplish Inception, sowing of an idea into the mind of Robert Fischer Jr. who has inherited a vast empire of business from his father. The idea that needs to be put in Fisher's mind is breaking the union of conglomerate. The task…

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