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This isn’t a movie review. I don’t usually write movie reviews, but every now and then there comes a film that I have to write something about. One of those films is Inception (2010) (Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen it)

Inception currently stands as a science fiction. Though there is research into dream sharing and manipulation, there’s no real method for entering people’s dreams, not yet at least. That being said, there are plenty who claim to have the ability to share dreams, though it generally requires a great deal of meditation and spiritual practice that might not appeal to the average person.

But what an idea that would be, if science cracked it. Can you imagine the things humanity could accomplish with and endless supply of ‘dream time’, which we are led to believe can seem like years.

Aside from the exciting prospect, Inception also touches on the idea of choosing one’s reality. It made me question whether any of what I saw was in fact real or just a convoluted dream, with the final 30 seconds of the film (where Leonardo Dicaprio’s character abandons his ‘dream totem’ to hug his kids). The debate about whether or not the final scene was in fact a dream was, in my opinion, irrelevant. The real point of the scene was to show that the lead character had chosen his reality, and let go of an old, destructive one.

This is why I watched Inception a fair bit during a dark time. The subtext of the film was about letting go of past decisions that had tragic consequences, letting go of past mistakes that cannot be changed. Letting go of a past reality, a past situation that nostalgia tricks us into thinking it was ideal. Inception was more than just a film about dream espionage, it’s a powerful story on many levels, and stuck around in my mind for a long time.


By Jambo Stewart