Spoilers: Inception

If you intend to see Christopher Nolan’s film Inception some day, then you probably will not want to continue through to rest of this post, in which I intend to succinctly spoil the ending.

You have been warned.

There are a couple of different interpretations to the ending, though if we’re to reconcile the plot holes, many would argue that only one interpretation really makes sense.

In the very final scene after the protagonist, Cobb, has successfully implanted a thought in the mind of his target and disembarks the plane to be with his children once again, he spins a top (his personal totem) meant to tell him whether or not he’s still dreaming. Just before the film cuts to black, the top wobbles. If it falls, he’s awake. If it continues spinning, he’s still dreaming.

We’re meant to be unsure, but given the fact that his children haven’t aged a day and he sees them exactly as he had been dreaming them for Nolan-only-knows how long, combined with a number of logical holes throughout the film, it makes the most sense that Cobb is stuck in his dream, and that either the entire film has been a dream–a way of finding redemption for his wife–or merely that he slipped into a sort of limbo during his escapade to perform an inception in the film’s major action.

I’ll refrain from editorializing here. You can find my review of Inception for that.

5 Replies to “Spoilers: Inception”

  1. Are you joking? The top fell over and then Leo went back and put it in his pocket. Then he looked at the camera and said, “Damn, it’s good to see my kids and stuff, but I still hate that they have the same disease as that little black kid from TV.” Then it faded to black. I didn’t like how Nolan left the ending so ambiguous. I mean, was he talking about Webster or Arnold from Diff’rent Strokes?

    I bet the projectionist f’ed up and ended the film too soon at your cinema.

  2. And then Joseph Gordon Levitt runs in and goes, “Dude, we’ve got another job. Lindsay Lohan’s mom wants us to get her off drinking.” And then Leo looks back at the camera, holds his palms up and goes, “Here we go again!” Then when the credits rolled, the music was that song Beth Barbush used to listen to that went “when I am dreaming I don’t know if I’m truly asleep or if I’m awake!”

    And did you stay until after the credits, bro? There was a little blink and you’ll miss it text crawl that said, “The Inceptors will return in Inception 2: Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made.”

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