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A complex story, yet a brilliantly scripted one at that, specially because something like this is non-existent.. (If you haven’t watched the movie yet, stop here, go watch it. If you have seen it already I’m hoping you answer some of my questions)..

The end?
The totem keeps rotating, Now why is that? Does it mean that Cobb was still in a dream? Does it mean that Mal actually died and was back to reality while Cobb still lived in a dream? You could say so, but when Cobb tells Ariadne about the totem, it falls, which means they were actually in reality. So the totem spinning at the end is just a mind game played by Christopher Nolan with the audience or is it really a dream?

Or is it the director’s way of telling that inception is only a concept and all that you saw is only possible in a dream?

Update: A friend of mine recently clarified this question of mine. She said: ” Some of my friends informed me that if you stayed till the end to watch the credits end, you can actually hear the Totem fall.” So I’m guessing the end wasn’t a dream, but have to confirm it myself 🙂

How do Cobb and Saito comeback to reality?
An argument is that Saito killed Cobb first, and then himself. Saito had grown old and so it explains him being in limbo state, but then how is Cobb not old? How is he also able to stay back in level 5 or end in limbo state when actually the whole place around him is seen collapsing at level 5 because eames had set off the bomb to bring the whole building down to set off a synchronised kick?

Could he have survived it, and that is how he got into the limbo state with Saito? and is the limbo state on level 1 because immediately they wake up on the plane, or is the Limbo state that of Cobb so saito returns with him in reality? COnfused on how they get back to reality, understand that Saito kills Cobb first, and them himself, but what brings them back on the plane? Why not on level 4,3,2 or 1? or was the limbo state on level 1! Confused!

How do all comeback to reality from Level 1?
Well the answer and explanation is here: They had a timer on the dream that counts down to reality on the plane!
(via http://lifeinsideout.tumblr.com/post/836932633/spoiler-alert-levels-of-inception-via)

At the end of it all, a brilliantly scripted story with a concept that no one could ever imagine. The questions make me wanna watch it the second time, because how can the writer not think about these when he cares of every minutest details? I’m just scared that it may induce some more confusion 🙂

Or is it a marketing gimmick of the director to make you want to go to the movie again?!


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  1. September 8, 2010 at 11:17 am

    When most people don’t understand whats happening.. The script automatically becomes brilliant!!!
    Nice concept, no doubt… but no shame in admitting it was way too confusing.. I understood it only in parts.. (which doesnt include the end, of course) and very easily lost interest mid way..
    So, if I have to take so much pains to follow a movie..after a point – Who cares!!

  2. September 8, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Sorry, but with no offence to your post…that also means.. I couldn’t bear the ordeal of reading about the movie all over again!!!

  3. Kunal Janu
    September 13, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    @Ambika: hehe.. The whole idea of taking something non existent and creating a story around it with minute detailing like using a totem to tell if it’s reality or dream is what makes the movie brilliant according to me 🙂

    What’s also interesting in the marketing stand point is that, it makes you want to watch the movie again for clarity of thoughts. I might as well watch it once more 🙂

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  4. pari
    October 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    hehe.. dats absolutely true.. no one takes pain to follow a movie..
    i too was confused.. n espicially the ending!!
    i couldnt understand what was going on..!!

  5. Kunal Janu
    October 4, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Pari,

    There were bits that were confusing, however there are people who have some idea about the end. Read the update.

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