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‘Modular Spacetime in the “Intelligent” Blockbuster: Inception and Source Code’

Misek, Richard and Cameron, Allan (2014) ‘Modular Spacetime in the “Intelligent” Blockbuster: Inception and Source Code’. In: Buckland, Warren, ed. Hollywood Puzzle Films. AFI Film Readers . Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-62245-5. (KAR id:38855)

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Abstract

Suggesting both linear progression and configurable modularity, the complex cinematic narratives of Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010) and Source Code (Duncan Jones, 2011) produce distinctive articulations of time and space. They also thematize the architectural processes involved in their own narrative construction, by featuring characters who are programmers, designers, and architects, and deploying a range of spatial metaphors (including lines, layers, and circles) via scenography, dialogue, and mise-en-scène. Exploring the spatiotemporality of these films, we investigate the role that graphic metaphors play within them and argue that these metaphors are oriented around two competing logics: speed and memory.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Tina Thompson
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2014 12:00 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:52 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38855 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Misek, Richard: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5870-521X
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