thoughts on “Inception”

Posted: July 22, 2010 in Movie/TV Reviews

After experiencing the movie “Inception,” I quickly realized there was much more to this flick than your average summer blockbuster. I’m glad I had an empty x-large drink cup to scoop my scrambled brains up after the show (ok, so maybe it fit into a small cup, but my point remains the same!). In an age where summer movies demand you to flip the “off” switch on your mind, here was a movie about the mind! I was pleasantly surprised! Here is why…

To try and summarize the whole plot would take several hours and a degree in philosophy (both of which I don’t have), so let me quote another reviewer: “Inception centers on a team of individuals led by an “extractor” named Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) who, through the use of a special device, construct the dreams of a target and use those dreams to implant an idea so that the target will make a decision beneficial to the individual who hired the team.  To say that scratches the surface would be an insult to both scratches and surfaces.” Clear as mud? Great! Let’s continue…

There are about 8746 other details that go into this intricately crafted plot, and let me tell you, it will keep your utmost attention! But Cobb says something that got me really thinking. He asks, “What is the most resilient parasite? An idea.” You see, an idea is not easy to get rid of once it’s there. It continues to eat away at your mind, demanding to be fed. In the movie, Cobb and his team enter into the world of a powerful man’s head to plant an idea deep within, because they know if they are successful, it has the potential to drastically affect his actions, and those actions will affect the world.

An idea is a powerful thing because every action starts as an idea. Is it any wonder why Jesus spoke about the heart, and not just the actions of people? In Matthew 5:21-30, Jesus says that not only are murderers guilty to be judged, but also everyone who is angry at his brother! Or, that those who look on a women with lust are actually guilty of committing adultery in their heart! Why would he say these things? Because ideas are powerful. Jesus knew that every murder starts in the heart. It’s not a knee-jerk reaction, where someone might say to the jury “I was walking down the street when Bill bumped into me, and before I could help it, I pulled out a gun and shot him!”  Every action starts as an idea, and ideas start in the heart.

What ideas are floating around in our heads? Do we think they are fine, as long as they stay in there? I dare say we all have some pretty sick ideas, whether of vengeance or selfishness or lust or greed. Are we feeding these ideas? Are we dwelling on these thoughts? It is a dangerous game to let ideas go unchecked in our heads, because it may not be long before they work their way into our hands and our feet. Jesus knew it was the wrong approach to simply try and curve people’s actions. We need something deeper. We need a new heart that gives us new ideas. Thankfully, God promises to do just that…

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26

  1. greg says:

    Inception happens when Jesus’ righteousness is imputed in those who follow him. I love the connection mike! (oh and Bill had it coming)

  2. Jennifer Campbell says:

    Loved the movie, though my head hurt afterward…

    Such beautiful thoughts! Maybe life is about inception; how do you make a flawed race more like a perfect creator without exchanging free will and individuality?

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