“Inception” itself is like most postmodernist texts that question reality and the natures of absolutes and illusions.
The truth is I feel this story has elements to it similar to the animes “Ghost In The Shell” and “Revolutionary Girl Utena” where the whole nature of reality is on flux and in the latter show so unpredictable that we think the dimensions are all cracked and intermeshing with each other.
Obviously what could be reality to the protagonist may never have been reality at all and in many ways he does not care for it in the least – because just as the spinning top in the end will spin on any surface it is allowed to spin on he feels he can keep on existing on any reality he is allowed to exist in/on…
(My comment on this wicked post!)
I posted this on my other blog but I wanna write more:
Postmodernism and Postmodernist thoughts have many mainstream outlets now like these cool Hollywood movies that tinker with brain cells and make you have it on a platinum wired dish of hot-cool savoury goodness!
It is important to note, however, that anime REALLY explored this territory way from before. With the anime market the good thing is that you can give manga as a trial run before anime production and if something isn’t popular mainstream it may have another market to make good use of it – and that market may be less involved with abs, boobs and maid outfits-subservient-domineering-prince charming characters and more into philosophies that make your brain bounce and do extreme sports from the various dimensions.
This is not really the case of Hollywood or even Bollywood (lets say the Woods’ family tree) — market and finance really pivots those scales so out-of-the-box scripts may not make it to the bigscreen or even survive such an environment.
I think we can thank “Ghost In The Shell” inspired “Matrix” to have opened some new territory to that screen and allowed postmodernist things come into popular-culture.
However, I wonder how many people are interested in “Inception” for its graphics or its ideology or just not interested in it at all.
I guess your kind of dreams spinning may matter in the end.
Also — what is the fate of postmodernism now? It has defied modernism but has become a norm to some extents – its mission successful? its death? its reincarnation?