A good chunk of us who have just seen Inception have started debating over whether Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Cobb is still stuck in the dream world. The film’s final shot is his totem spinning on the table and before we see if it topples (a sign of being in the real world), it cuts to black.
Throughout the film we regularly see flashes of Cobb’s children as he remembers them right before he goes on the run. His young daughter appears in a light red dress and his son in some plaid shirt. Now, if we are to apply the A Beautiful Mind theorem, we might be able to deduce whether Cobb is awake or dreaming.
The main maxim of big budget Hollywood filmmaking is “Make it Safe.” Don’t stray from basic storytelling tropes and structures, and don’t be too smart in case you go over the audience’s head. In the end, you want to ensure that you will get a return on your investment. Thus, the prospect of losing hundreds of millions of dollars makes a lot of mainstream films ride along in the mediocrity lane of the film freeway. Continue reading
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Tagged Action, Blade Runner, Christopher Nolan, Drama, Dreams, Ellen Page, Hans Zimmer, Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cortillard, Replicant, Sci-Fi, Subconsciousness