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Re: “Rounding up the 'Inception' theories

in medias res is a fairly common way of getting straight to the heart of things without all the 'boring' technical details losing the interest of the audience, which does not necessitate a 'dream-state'. so the idea that the entire movie was a dream based on the absence of a 'lead in' is fallacious, especially since the supposedly 'missing' back story is given at a later point.
the scene with cobb and saito meeting in the 'limbo' deep layer of dream is the key. saito is reaching for one of two objects sitting next to each other on his table (cobb's totem, the top, and cobb's gun). the aged saito is asked to make a leap of faith. assuming he did, the ending would seem to be that cobb is able to return home (theory #1). however, theory #2 doesn't account for saito's decision.
If he decided to shoot cobb then what we know about the 'sedated dream state' means cobb would have descended further into his own mind and become trapped in a state of free flowing thought for eternity (having 'missed the kick' that would allow him to wake up based on leaving the inner ear unaffected by the drug and thus able to wake if his sleeping form were dropped or falling). having been lifted from the guilt of the death of his wife his mind may have given him the rest he yearned for. when he puts his top on the table and gives it a spin, he loses interest in it and walks over to see his children. most people might say the movie ended before it dropped leaving the end ambiguous, however, in a dream state the top would not tip over and the amount of time it was spinning was too long on too uneven a surface to say anything but that he was STILL in a dream state and simply did not care (he walked away from the top).

Posted by tinman2001 on 07/25/2010 at 1:11 PM

 

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