(Closed) Inception question (SPOILER ALERT)

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

LOL I have no answers for you but I wanted to chime in and I say Inception was awesome and I’m definitely going to need to watch it again to have any clue.

Also, remember in the first scene that they took the top from him when he was unconscious on the beach, but that was within a dream, but then what does that mean if someone else touches it in a dream? Does that mean that that whole thing was just Leo’s dream, which would make the end of the movie still Leo in dreamland as well?

Ugh. Such a good movie. Needs to be rewatched and spoilers read on the internet so I can figure out what the ef happened.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Thank GOD you posted this!! I keep badgering my friends to go see it so I can talk with them about it. I did hear someone say that thing about how others touched the top so it didn’t ‘work’ anymore as a totem. In what part did you mean when it was spinning forever? Isn’t that when they were dreaming (the initial scene where he went to rescue the business guy when he was really old?)

Also to throw another wrench at you – the “other people touch it” thing only works if they touch it in reality, not in the dream.. so technically we have no idea who touched it.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

So the rule about other people touching it, as I understood it (maybe I’m wrong!!), is that the object has specific weight and properties. ONLY the person who owns it can touch it, because if others touch it, they know the weight and properties and can “bring” those into the dreamworld with them subconsciously.. so the object will behave the same in the dream world and out. If only Leo touches it, he’s the only one who knows how it feels, so it works as a totem in his dream because it will behave differently.

But I think this rule only applies in reality – ie if someone touches the totem in the dream, it won’t ‘ruin’ it, because they are dreaming. So if the whole movie is a dream, that means no one touched it in reality (because we never saw reality). You know?

It spins forever at the beginning with the old man, but know that’s a dream.

So we have to see if there are any scenes where it falls over – and if so, are they in what we think is reality? Or are they in memories?

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

In the last scene, although the kids faces were shown, they were still in the same clothes ๐Ÿ™‚ Just putting that out there…

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

He wasnt dreaming, it was real.

If you notice, when he is dreaming, he has his wedding ring on. When he isnt dreaming, its off. Thats a key when you watch it to know if he is dreaming or not.

I had that same question after I watched it the first time, the second time I went, i noticed the ring and followed it through the movie. In the last scene when he sees his kids, he isnt wearing his ring, which indicates its real life.

Just thought I would throw that out there!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve also thought about this, and I actually think that his kids may be his totem. When he sees them in the dream, if he can’t see their faces then he knows its not real. When they finally turned around he knew he wasn’t dreaming and thats why he left the top, because it didn’t really matter.

Also, sort of a spoiler but on IMDB they had cast different kids (two years older) in the final scene. So I’m a believer that it wasn’t a dream. I also don’t think it matters though, the story was beautiful either way. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

@MrsCox2B: See, I said the thing about the ring to Mr. C and he brought up the point that he had let go of her at that point, and so in his dreams it’s unlikely that he would have the wedding band on anymore because he had finally accepted that she was gone!

I love movies like this where there is no “real” answer to what the ending means!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

hmm.. I think that it’s a dream because the kids are in the same exact clothes, just like PopRox said…

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Personally, I think that at the end it’s real, because the top wobbles, which it never did in the dreams, and also because you more or less see how he gets to the house – in the dreams, they never know how they got there.  But we had a loooooong debate about it at work and the “it’s a dream at the end” camp had good points too – for instance, they aren’t attached to the machines when they wake up on the plane, and also everyone in the airport is looking at him on his way out.  I like the idea above that his kids are his totem (although I’m not sure that makes sense, since obviously lots of people interact with his kids IRL).

I wonder if Christopher Nolan even decided which one it was ๐Ÿ™‚  It seems like there’s equal evidence either way.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

the totem could have wobbled due to the grains in the wood…. or because he took his attention off of it, meaning he no longer cared if it was a dream or not ๐Ÿ˜‰

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