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Inception is a mind-blowing, action-packed film that has no definite ending.  It leaves the viewer to interpret the events and the concepts in his own way as it explores the capabilities of corporate espionage through the invasion of people’s dreams.

The film is an example of economic convergence because although it was written and directed by Christopher Nolan, it was produced by Legendary Pictures in conjunction with Syncopy films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.  The film was released on July 16th in the United States and cost $160 million to produce.  It received fantastic reviews and grossed over $825 million, making it the 25th highest-grossing film of all time.  Critics consider the film both smart and innovative, with exceptional performances by the cast and critically acclaimed action scenes.

The film is also an example of technological convergence as some of the most talented artists came together to create the movie.  Leonardo DiCaprio starred in the film and it was his second highest-grossing film of all time after Titanic.  Hans Zimmer scored the movie, and he has been composing music for nearly 3 decades for over 100 films and has received 8 awards for his work.  Wally Pfister was the cinematographer on the film and has worked with Christopher Nolan before on half a dozen movies.  The film utilized over 500 visual effects shots in comparison to some films, which have over 1500.  Nolan aimed for a more practical approach to keep the film as real as possible.

The film is also an example of cultural convergence. In a time when technology has seemingly taken over modern society and most daily interactions, Inception brings the danger of knowledge and technology right into our own subconscious by suggesting that even our minds aren’t going to be secure from invasion for long.  Corporate espionage is an undeniable aspect of every major economy because every company wants to have the competitive advantage over the next guy in line.  People are willing to pay exorbitant amounts of money to keep precious information safe, but if you cant even hide your secrets in your mind… what’s next?

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  1. Lynn
    January 6, 2011 at 4:31 am

    I liked the detailed info you included about producers. But can you say more about how Warner Bros benefited from economic convergence? E.g. did they use Warner Bros music, release a soundtrack w/Warner Bros, etc.? Economic convergence is about how the big media players maximize their profits by making products available so as to benefit from various outlets.
    Great info on the various ways in which technological convergence supported the film, making the visual effects, music, and acting possible.
    I liked your discussion of cultural convergence, as the film expresses a common concern about keeping info safe in our data-rich world. That was a real strength of your entry!

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