Friday, September 24, 2010

Inception. Dream or Reality?

I realize this may be abit late BUT inception was ONE HELL of a movie but I have seen this movie a number of times now but i still am questioning that one final scene.

We all can recall that gripping final scene in inception where we as the audience are left with the torturous top spinning but it almost toppling over, we are led to question if Cobb is in reality or in another dream.

I guess people can argue that Cobb is indeed still in a dream as when he was with Yusuf he gave Cobb the sedative sleeping drug in the basement with all the other sleeping men, he woke up from the dream where Mal had entered went to the bathroom and spun the top.  This followed by Satio entering and the top falling down from Cobb knocking it.  We know from this point it is uncertain if the top fell or if its a subtle hint if he is in reality.  Additionally when he saw his kids at the end of the film, we did not see a change of clothes or age as the last time Cobb was with them was well a year over.

However the argument for reality cold be that during the course of this film you see the totem spin straight and never wobbles as if its going to fall.  He also states that in the dream world it never falls. In the last frame of the film, we see the totem wobble as if it will fall, which will not occur in the dream world.  This leaves the audience led to believe that Cobb is now in reality!

I myself remain highly confused about the state we are left in with these two large dilemmas, are we in a dream or are we back in reality...

What do you think?


  1. It can be reality and dream. It can be reality because in his dream he could never see his kids faces. The totem was wobbly and not spinning straight like it would if he was in a dream, it could have been slowing down. if it was a dream it would be the same. It can be a dream because in the movie your no suppose to touch anybody’s totem. so nobody really knows if its reality or a dream

  2. I prefer the David Lynch films to Inception when you're wanting a psychological movie.


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  6. I'm definitely leaning towards reality.

  7. Yeah I too am leaning towards reality, since I see it as a far better ending. However it's all the same to me cause whatever way you look at it Inception is a BRILLIANT movie!