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I've seen Inception many, many times, and the reason why I love it so much is because everything about it is simply well-done. The acting, writing, directing, editing, etc. But the entire plot is about going into the human mind, the most subjective thing in the universe. Leonardo plays a man named Cobb, who isn't really an original character. He is just another person who is trying to evade the consequences of his actions. What did he do? He incepted wife, making her believe reality wasn't real, and the only way to "wake up" was to commit suicide. If you die in a dream, you wake up, but if you die in real life...you know. She died. Ever since then, he has been on the run, trying to buy his way back home to see his children. But Cobb's goal is a complete contradiction. First off, the fact he's evading the consequences of his actions is a denial of reality, but his goal is to get back home in reality. In the end he is lost in the dream world, which isn't surprising. The fact the movie doesn't end well for him confirms its stance regarding the morals of the story. Inception is everything subjective, but is there, deep down, an Objectivist undercurrent? Christopher Nolan, the writer/director, has been cited as a closeted conservative, but that's just speculation. The themes of his films deal with the subjective mind and reality, but his previous movies do support that rumor. His Batman films are pretty right-wing, if you ask me.

asked Jun 22 '12 at 23:18

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edited Jun 23 '12 at 10:58

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I've only seen Inception once and enjoyed it, I thought it was a very interesting film. I think maybe the moral premise behind the film could have objectivist undercurrents, but that would be speculative at best. One could just as easilly say that the films point was that everything is subjective and what matters is our own reality as we percieve and wish it to be. That values are not possible and we are all doomed to disillusion, frustraion and failure without redemption. Which is insanity...

On the subject of films, what do you think of "The Shawshank Redemption", is that an Objectivist movie?

answered Jun 23 '12 at 01:18

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I thought Shawshank was a good movie...long, but good. Tim Robbins was innocent and didn't do a single thing wrong throughout the entire film. And that ending...

(Jun 23 '12 at 01:42) Collin1 Collin1's gravatar image

The ending is worth sitting through the entire movie...my all time favorite. I cant help thinking of objectivism at times when I see that movie. In some of the ideas Tim Robbins character has and his attitude towards life.

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Hi, guys -- please keep in mind that this is not a discussion forum and that ideally the comments should exist to prompt improvement or clarification of (focused) questions and answers. Thanks! -- Greg

(Jun 23 '12 at 10:37) Greg Perkins ♦♦ Greg%20Perkins's gravatar image

Are there any forums devoted to Objectivism that you can recommend?

(Jun 26 '12 at 21:45) Collin1 Collin1's gravatar image

That sounds like a great question!

(Jun 28 '12 at 13:46) Greg Perkins ♦♦ Greg%20Perkins's gravatar image
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