Waking from INCEPTION

“What’s the most resilient parasite? An Idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules.”

top-inceptionWhat is Christopher Nolan REALLY trying to tell us with his arguable masterpiece of cinema that made the box office wake up with a start this summer? With an ambiguous ending and a seemingly endless array of late night coffee and cigarette conversations to be had, one might wonder if he’s seeking a bit of cultural Inception of his own.

Did the director of the year’s sleeper hit – pun intended – sneak an idea into the film that is rewriting my rules… or transforming my world? If he did it so skillfully, as Cobb and crew seek to do with Robert Fischer, would we realize it? Maybe we’ll all start making some life decisions shortly we think are our own, choices made “freely and of our own will”. Without question.

Unraveling The Dream Within The DreamThere are so many angles we could take with this film, and I started with a fairly spoiler-free primer a la video where we looked at the idea of Inception as not only sin and the Fall, but also as the gospel. Over the summer, we’ll look at the following principles:

Missing the big picture: Inception & false dichotomy
Subjective perception – do we know ANYthing?
What’s reality? Does TRUE existence even matter?
What is “true inspiration”?
Inception as Reform Theology

As we peel back the layers of this summer’s boldest offering, I hope you’ll see how joy can be derived from waking up to the reality of entertainment as worship.

  1. Alex Davidson

    im excited. this is the best film i’ve seen in a LONG time.

  2. D. Scott Phillips

    I agree with Alex: Inception was fantastic. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched a movie more than once in the theater. I’ve seen it twice, and I may go back for a third. It’s certainly one of the most original movies I’ve seen in a very long time; and although I enjoyed Dark Knight more, Inception could be Nolan’s magnum opus (it’s hard to beat the cast of Dark Knight, but for sheer directorial skill and original storytelling, Inception is better, in my opinion).

    I’m looking forward to your thoughtful analysis!

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