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Final Project of Chapter 6 Media and Culture
School of Mechanical Engineering
Recently I watched a hot movie whose name is Inception. I fell in love with the film and I watched it twice. Here are two articles I found on the Internet.

Passage 1
The mind-blowing movie event of the summer arrives just in time to hold back the flow of Hollywood sputum that’s been sliming the multiplex. ‘Inception’…will be called many things, starting with James Bond Meets ‘The Matrix.’ You can feel the vibe of Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ in it, and Nolan’s own ‘Memento’ and ‘The Dark Knight.’ But ‘Inception’ glows with a blue-flame intensity all its own. Nolan creates a dream world that he wants us to fill with our own secrets. I can’t think of a better goal for any filmmaker.

Of course, trusting the intelligence of the audience can cost Nolan at the box office. We’re so used to being treated like idiots. How to cope with a grand-scale epic, shot in six countries at a reported cost of $160 million, that turns your head around six ways from Sunday? Dive in and drive yourself crazy, that’s how.

My words This is an article from Rolling Stone, a famous magazine about fashion and music in USA. The passage introduced Inception as soon as it was on the screen. The editor compared the movie with Memento and the Dark Knight, which are also directed by the director of Inception, Nolan. The passage is aimed to attract audience to see the movie. And I think it needn’t to be censored because there are no aggressive words or sensitive topics in the article.

Passage 2
It is NOT a dream: The WEDDING RING gives it away. I have now seen this movie three times. The first time I saw it I thought it was not a dream and he was home. When I saw discussions to the contrary, I saw it again looking for any clues to tell whether he is dreaming the whole time, and questioned the ending thoroughly. It was not until I saw a post about someone saying he is only wearing a wedding ring when he dreams. Multiple people shot it down saying that they saw him wearing it in reality or that he was not wearing it in this dream or that one. My third viewing had me looking for the ring in almost every shot, seeing if his totem ever falls in a dream (Something someone said happened), looking at his children's faces to see if they are the same. My analysis as follows: The Wedding Ring: ……

Conclusion: The movie isn't a dream. Cobb isn't caught in some "limbo that looks a lot like reality." Cobb spends the entire movie trying to get to his kids in reality, why would he settle for shades in a limbo? What proof is there that he is dreaming the whole time? If he is dreaming at the end, where is he dreaming? Limbo? So he goes from talking to Saito to just waking up on a plane, all as a part of a dream in limbo? Really? Think about it. Nolan would never take the "eeet was aaaaalll a dreeeeaaaammmmm" cliché way out. But the fact that he cut the film before the top falls over does have a meaning. He is planting a seed of doubt in your mind. He uses inception on the audience to have them question the ending. The concept of the movie thus becomes reality to the viewer, a heavy thing to think about and something that hasn't been done before.

My words This is a comment written by a professional foreign movie fan. Director
Nolan makes the film a mystery. A high IQ is required to understand it.

Many people debated online after they finish watching. I think this passage owns an insight toward the truth. Maybe Dreidel is the totem, the wedding ring is the key. If Cobb wears the ring, he is in dream. So at the end of the film, Cobb came back to the reality. Furthermore, I think it doesn’t have to be censored. As it is reported, Inception is imported into China with original edition. Seldom foreign films can be imported without cutting. So no aggressive words, negative opinions and sensitive topics can be found in both the movie and this article.




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