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Inception Explained by ToraMutsagama Inception Explained by ToraMutsagama
Whooooo.

Well, its on now. I know you're all itching to tell me how I got it wrong, or what I forgot to point out, so shoot me a comment.

Gotta love Inception.
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Kluke9 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
In the end credits, both Phillipa and James are mentioned twice:
Phillipa, 3 years: Claire Geare
Phillipa, 5 years: Taylor Geare
James, 20 moths: Magnus Nolan
James, 3 years: Johnathan Geare

So he must have been away for about 2 or 3 years.
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BNiko-chan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist
Hmm, now I have to go watch the movie again just to check if everything is like you say...
But I kinda believe you are right if all this is correct. But I think I might never stop asking myself if it could be the other way around.

I like your arguments they make sense in a way. But they need to be check by me before I believe it.. ;) Thank you for making something like this. :) It made me think about things that I never had before..
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OriginalNick Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Hmmm... I like the wedding ring thing... I never even saw/heard that one before...

But, isn't it a total mind fuck if Cobb is dreaming the whole thing... =D=D=D

I guess it's up to each viewer to decide... I love this movie.. seen it a million times, and I still can't decide which side I'm on =D
(Or, I should say, I refuse to ;) )

I think though... if I had a gun to my head and was forced to choose, I'd say It's all Cobb's delusions... Based on his Father and his "come back to reality" and more importantly, that look, like he knows it's useless.


LOL.. I dunno, I'm all juiced up cause I watched it again last night!
Though, the ring thing has me scratching =D=D
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PersephoneEllenore Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist
um, a question.
We know that no one should touch your totem because it whould simply stop working then. It whould no longer serve it's purpouse. Right?

Now, if I remmember correctly, in the Limbo, it was Saito who spun the top, right?

So... does it still work for Cobb? Even if he never escaped the Limbo, Saito did touch it.
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The totem doesn't simply stop working if someone touches it. The reason you don't want other people handling your totem is because if they know it's feel/weight/how it works then their subconscious can recreate your totem in THEIR dreams. In that case, you wont be able to trust your totem in the dreamscape of THAT person, because it will react in the same way as the real totem does.

Furthermore, the totem Saito touched wasn't Cobb's real totem. Your totem does not travel with you into a dream, this is why it acts different/feels different/looks different in a dream than in reality. What Saito touched has no consequence on Cobb what-so-ever, as it was done so in Limbo and not in the real world.
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PersephoneEllenore Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist
my point exactly! One of the first things Saito tells Cobb is " I know what this is, I saw it before" - or something like that.

Cobb goes deeper into the Limbo by himself, so it was either his, or Saito's dream/limbo he went into. Saito could of created his totem because he knew the look and purpose of it. Cobb didn't touch the totem himself in that scene, so how does he know it's actually his?

And we never see him get shoot by Saito, or when Saito woke up, or the others in Level 1.

I think he went into a deeper Limbo in the end. But the point is that he doesn't care. He's with his kinds , and for him it doesn't matter if they are real, or just projections. He had enough with it all.
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Saito had seen Cobb's totem before. Seeing a totem is not the same as "knowing it."

Limbo is a dreamscape shared by all the dreamers, so it wasn't Saito's limbo, or Cobbs limbo. This means that the totem Saito touched was still fake.

There are things about Cobb's totem that we don't know. Something about it's feel, how it spins. It's not so simple as "it spins forever if you're in a dream." That's just the piece we were given. A totem of that simplicity would be useless, because it would never have worked in the dreams of anyone who knew it existed. This would mean that not only Saito but also Arthur, Eames, and Ariadne would be able to recreate the totem exactly, therefore making it utterly useless.

Cobb was no fool, and neither was Mal. We can only assume that the Totem of the top holds something much deeper, something that only Cobb or Mal can notice. In the same way that Ariadne's totem is not simply a chess piece.

Furthermore (it seems I rambled on for some time), we do see Saito wake, on the plane at the same time as Cobb does. There's a simple explanation for why we never saw them get shot: Nolan wanted this. He wanted us to debate, and he succeeded.
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PersephoneEllenore Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist
He sure did.
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December-Rainfall Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
YES. :D
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DeixTobiallyaoi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student General Artist
wow
u pointed out points that i didnt even realize like the detailing of the cloths the children wore and the ring. the rest, ofcourse, even i knw and everyone should know too. the totem did falll oh yeeeahh~
sad endings are crappy endings
nolan wouldnt want us viewers to be sad XD
great debate, love it, and YEAH :D
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Heercums-N-Oxymoron Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
I was a little suprised by the children's ages at the end of the film; the way Cobb was carrying on, I assumed that he had not seen them for a considerable amount of time (1 to 2 years at min.). However, I do think that Cobb escaped Limbo at the end of the film, as the totem wobbled.

It is clearly stated by Cobb in the film that should the totem be spun in the middle of a dream, then it would keep spinning, therefore the fact that the totem destabilised during a rotation proves that that was Reality. If he was in a dream, the totem could not possibly have stopped spinning.
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree.
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raimbowdash20 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Artist
you made a perfect argument. I just knew it was real, but you proved it to me and that makes me happy. :')
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BellaGrimm Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student Writer
I thought it was hilarious because I was reading this, and my mom came in and asked what it was about. I told her it was a debate on whether or not the top fell at the end of Inception, and she looked startled and said she didn't even consider the possibility that the top didn't fall at the end. I just started giggling. Oh, moms.
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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bruised--vein Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
:clap: Nice argument bro!

:la: Love the movie and I'd like to believe that Cobb had his happy ending after all :la:
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Joy-Pedler Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The simple fact is that it doesn't matter whether or not he is in reality at the end. What matters is that he got to see his childrens' faces, which is all he wanted. So regardless of whether or not he is in reality or not doesn't really matter ( note that Cobb walks away from the top and doesn't stay to see if it falls, because seeing his childrens faces is all that really matters to him at this point) Nolan is kind of using a Schrodingers cat by cutting off the ending. (Schrodingers cat= cat in box with poison gas, until box is opened the cat is either dead or alive or both or neither) This means that until we see the end we will not know if the top fell, if it stayed spinning or both. It doesn't matter. Nolan does this to make us think about an important issue. Great arguements.
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CherryCartoons Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Student General Artist
This is extremely well written and explained. I just literally finished watching the movie a few moments ago, and the ending left me puzzled. After reading this, I can sincerely agree with you, because all of your facts make total sense. Thank you for making the movie easier to understand without ruining the actual feel of it for me :)

Btw (and im going to be asking everyone who is a fan of the movie): What would your totem be, and who is your favorite character? :) I'm not going to debate with you trust me because I like all of the characters. Eames is my favorite though.
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you!

I actually have a totem of my own (nerd, I know) it's a guitar pick that I personally designed, so only I know the weight and feel of it. I carry it in my pocket almost everywhere I go :XD:

As for my favorite character, I'm really hard-pressed between Eames and Arthur, though at this point in time I'd probably lean more towards Arthur. :)
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CherryCartoons Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Yeah he's just as awesome as Eames! :D People put them together, and after watching the movie all the way through then I guess I could see them being a very dysfunctional couple haha.

Also thats so cool! :D Idk what to use. The totems in the movie kind of confuse me though. The top I get. The loaded die I get also because in a dream I assume it would land on a random number. However, the poker chip and the chess piece don't make any sense. The don't spin or roll, i mean I guess the chip does but not the chess piece. Help? XD;
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XIXTHRASHER69 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
YES. THANK YOU! I THINK HE IS BACK IN REALITY TOO. the top slanted as you have it at the bottom a split second b4 it goes to the credit screen...SOOO he is free.....along with your evidence, i believe MORE now that he DID in fact make it out...
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Im glad you liked it!
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XIXTHRASHER69 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
YES you've givin meaning back into the movie's ending....one question though....in the evidence where you said he wasn't wearing the ring, in the no ring photo, it looked like he was still wearing it?
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There's no ring on the picture of Cobb handing his passport over in the airport.
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XIXTHRASHER69 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
ok...good then :D
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Vishakh67 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great explanation !!!!


But there is one correction regarding how long it has been since Cobb has parted with his kids. If you look at the Cast listing [link] you will see that the children are credited for 3 yrs;20months and 5yrs;3 years.

So I suppose thats 2 years Cobb has been away. But nevertheless thanks for the article !
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ByrnedOut Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Love the way you explained it logically. I agree with you totally. :)
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DarthRegretful Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Touche, sir :sherlock:, touche.....
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aslann1211 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this. I thought I saw the top wobble at the end and this reassured me that he was back in reality.
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you liked it!
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aslann1211 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:nod: Thank you for making it!
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Canuck101 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
This is quite thought out, well done!
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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DawnDancer35 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THis is genius !!!!
i agree with you that Nolan should never tell us the truth....because otherwise what is the point of making a movie worth watching?
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly :)
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DawnDancer35 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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izzana Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student General Artist
Ill get back to you on this once i watch the movie again. >_>
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, you do that xD
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izzana Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Student General Artist
I will!
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homeofthewilt Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Not to shatter your dreams of not knowing, but Word of God says it fell. ^^;

Very good analysis, though. Very keen eye. I didn't even notice the wedding ring when he was talking to Saito in Limbo.
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danitiwa Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That was pretty awesome. I never noticed the thing with his kids' clothes and Cobb's ring, just shows how much Nolan thinks these things through. He's a tricky one... Which is why I love the movie.

Good job, you caught things I could have never caught in my wildest dreams. (Hurr dreams.) That was a really interesting read, thanks!
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you liked it! Yeah, the little things Nolan put in are crazy! :XD:
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Peaceful-Havoc Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NOW I understand why you're not supposed to let anyone handle your totem.
This was really helpful, thank you!
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all~

I'm glad you liked it!
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AirixZohmbi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
I just watched this movie yesterday and damn I was confused... After reading this made understand it abit more, but I think I'm still lost. XD; Dang, I'm sloow~
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's complicated! :XD:
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AirixZohmbi Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
VERRRY!!! I was just sitting there going, "Uuuuh.... Wait... How did they shift from there to there... And I thought they were already asleep..." -explodes- My dad was confused so he just fell asleep and my mom probably understood it more than I did. XD;
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
XD haha!
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codeyumi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! I totally agree! I never noticed the wedding band thing though ouo You've got a sharp eye.
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ToraMutsagama Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't notice it on the first watch either. Nolan did a good job of putting in really small changes :D
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