What Is The True Ending Of Inception? Ending Explained
When I saw “Inception” for the first time in a movie theatre in 2010, its two-hour-and-twenty-eight-minute dreamscape felt like it was only five minutes long. It was so interesting, complex, and nuanced that it was very hard for me not to give myself over to the story. Before I knew it, I looked at the clock (don’t judge me, we all do it) and saw that almost two hours had passed.
This had never happened to me in a movie before, even though I had watched and loved so many amazing movies before this one. It was clear that the Christopher Nolan epic had something special about it. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more unique, the movie’s ending adds a philosophical layer to its already deep themes.
In “Inception,” Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, an “extractor” and corporate spy who works with his right-hand man and fellow “extractor,” Arthur (played by Joseph Gordon Levitt). The two use experimental military technology to get into the minds of their targets and get important information from them through shared dream space.
When Saito (Ken Watanabe), a rich businessman who wants help breaking up a competitor’s empire, shows up, this is the start of their new mission. As payment, he offers to clear Cobb’s name in the U.S., where he is wanted, so that Cobb can go back to his children. All he has to do is finish the job and get his team, which includes Saito, into and out of the dream without getting hurt.
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Ending Explained Of Inception
We’re all waiting with bated breath to see how “Inception” ends, with all its high-octane action and stunts that put people in danger. Cobb and his team are able to do inception successfully on their target, Cillian Murphy’s Robert Fischer, who is the son of a dying business giant and the heir to the family business. Cobb’s team deals with Fischer in his dream.
When he wakes up, he thinks that his father wanted him to be his own person and build something for himself instead of just taking over the company. Fischer thinks that he came up with this idea on his own when he wakes up, but it took Cobb’s team many hours of hard work and near-death experiences to make it happen. All of this was done to get rid of Saito’s main competitor. It’s a pretty weird process, and the movie does a great job of making the audience feel like they are part of the plan.
After their success (and after being saved from limbo, the deepest and most dangerous level of dreaming), Saito fixes Cobb’s legal problems with a simple phone call. This lets the extractor pass through customs without getting hurt. Even he can’t believe it. We finally get to Cobb’s house, where his kids have been waiting for him to come back for years. He would often see his kids in his dreams, but he could never see their faces.
This was a sign to the frequent dreamer that he was still sedated. Cobb’s job also requires all dreamers to carry something called a “totem.” A totem is a heavy object with a flaw or imperfection that can be used to prove that the dreamer is awake and out of the dream world. Cobb sees it as a spinning top that never stops spinning when he dreams.
In the last scene of the movie, when Cobb calls to his children, they finally turn to him and we see their faces. This seems to break the spell of the dreams the extractor kept having while waiting for this moment. But when the camera turns around, we see that Cobb’s totem has been spinning on the kitchen table while he has been outside with his children.
As the object spins and spins, the camera stays on it for a long time and even seems to stop for a moment here and there. But “Inception” cuts to black and the credits roll before we can see if it falls or not.
At The End Of The Series, Is Cobb Still Dreaming?
Based on how the movie is set up, Inception is about a man who wants to get home to his kids. In reality, Cobb is still dreaming, and in the end, his dreams become his new home. This is the message we get from the scenes we just talked about.
How Does The Movie Really End?
Nolan has always said that the ending is “subjective” and that the only thing that matters is that Cobb doesn’t care if he’s dreaming or not. Caine’s words, on the other hand, and the fact that he was in the scene show that everything that happened was real.
Was He Back In Reality By The End Of Inception?
When he told Nolan he didn’t understand, he said, “When you’re in the scene, it’s real.” In the last scene, Caine plays Cobb’s father-in-law. He and his wife have been taking care of James and Phillipa for the time being. So, it must be true.