“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.”
What is Christopher NolanREALLY 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.
There 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: