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They do give each other some knowing glances but you are correct, as the team arrive in Los Angeles airport, they split up and almost ignore each other going through immigration and baggage collection. IMHO there are two main reasons for this: They have just completed a crime, they illegally drugged Fischer and forced him into a shared dream without his ...


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It is slightly odd, because other senses appear to be able to penetrate more than one layer, although they are severely attenuated. For example, when they are in Level 2 - someone says "did you feel that, was that turbulence on the plane" (which is Level 0), to which Eames says "no, too close, Yusuf's driving probably". He doesn't say - "of course not, you ...


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None of the different means you can use to guess whether Cobb is in a dream or not at the end of the movie are completely reliable. The spinning top has huge issues - the fact that it was Mal's totem, that it appears to act in a simplistic way that perhaps other people could dream, hence invalidating its usefulness - and of course the fact that we are never ...


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I am not sure I agree that the characters are any less developed that many broadly similar movies. Arthur is his partner - it is a professional business arrangement, he is being well paid to do this job. Eames is also being paid, and decides in the first dream level that it is not worth the risk - so clearly he is only motivated by the money. Yusuf is ...


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I don't see this explicitly as a riddle per se, but as a saying they came up with when Mal & Cobb knew they had to get out of their 50yr long dream. The reason I say this is because they say it to each other to reassure themselves that by killing themselves in the dream, they'll wake up in the real world; portrayed as they say it while putting their ...


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There is a wedding ring theory which leads to the conclusion that he is indeed back in the real world. A quick Google will turn up a number of explanations of that theory. On the otherhand, Christopher Nolan refuses to answer the question, indeed here he seems to go so far as to insist there is no answer. Personally I think that's nonsense: either the ...


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The scene is to demonstrate the limit of her mind. Earlier on, she was seen creating the folding road, something that her mind was able to rationalize based on the creativity that is allowed within her sub-conscious. Within Inception, a lot of activity within dreams is based on seeing things. Notice the feel and weight of a totem actually tells someone ...


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In the featurette The Sound of Inception sound designer Richard King talks shortly about recording sounds from an oscillator that are played through subwoofers. That's when you can hear that bwaah sound, as you call it.     Mix Magazine has an article in which Richard King explains a bit more about using subwoofers and oscillators to create ...


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The film inception isn't really about dream sharing, and while your question asks if it's possible I think that part is mostly fiction. While we might be able to one day visualize dreams on a monitor while they happen, transferring and connecting two or more people to a host's dream is purely science fiction. Still, the film is about planting ideas via ...


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Inception Wiki's article on Cobb suggests: His Totem is a spinning top which formerly belonged to his wife, Mallorie Cobb. This is separate from his wedding ring which is a dream based object and thus cannot be a totem. Which supports the theory of the ring being a dream-only occurrence and not his totem. I have seen a few theories support that his ...


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First of all, please note that this answer is not based on facts and is just my personal observation. As you have said in a comment, Christopher Nolan is too great a director to allow minor flaws as this in his movies. (And I guess it would have been easier to stamp a real seal on the passport than one without a date). Inception is almost completely based ...


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At the point in time that we see Mal appear in the room with Fisher, we see her through a gun-sight aimed by Cobb. She appears to drop into the room from above. Mal is just a projection of Cobb, so she does not need to break into the room by knowing the maze around the vault. Cobb by his very presence and line of sight of the room, aided by the gun sight ...


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Best explanation is the time mechanic. Because time and other physics means for so little that deep, it could be that they are just deep enough that they do not feel it. Briefly going over the scenes of the movie, they appear to be strapped down in order to not cause this free-fall effect. A more simpler explanation is that it is just an oversight on ...


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It's not a riddle at all. Cobb starts saying those things to suggest the trains exists to Mal. Notice that only when he starts talking to her about it, the tracks being to tremble and shake. He is essentially causing the train to exist and Mal is conjuring it up.


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I've been searching for a direct quote where Nolan addresses the reasons why this song was included in the script. All I found was this transcript from a press conference which included the following exchange: Hollywood News: The score and the sound design for this film are phenomenal; it’s almost like another character. Chris, can you talk about that a ...


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There are three ways to wake up from the dream: wait for the timer to run out; die; or receive a kick from the next level up. Because of the sedatives, dying wasn't an option; they'd just end up in limbo. And because of the multiple dream levels, waiting for the timer to run out wasn't an option, because they'd all be killed by the projections in the time ...


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Although the ending of inception was meant to be debatable and ultimately was left up to the audience, there are several factors indicating that Cobb is indeed dreaming in the end of the film. In fact if you read my whole theory you shall understand that Cobb is actually on the third dream level and you will understand why. Reason 1. Cobb told Saito and ...


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The concept of layered realities does seem very similar. Take for example the following scenes. In the scene below, the viewers of the movie already think they are within the game (1 layer deep) and are going to boot into a next layer. This can be seen as similar to when Cobb and others were in the van about to jump again. So in both cases, the viewer needs ...


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As Mnementh points out, it's probably impossible to say with certainty until he joins the site, but it seems as though he hasn't explicitly made mention of it yet. He has said that: "The whole concept of avatars and living life as someone else, there's a relationship to what we're doing, but I think when I first started trying to make this film happen it ...


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According to IMDB, Nolan may have wanted to show that the whole film is a dream. Found out the following stuff quoted in the IMDB FAQ after a long enough googling; At the end when they get off the plane and Cobb gets his passport stamped, the date is missing, suggesting that the time frame is nonexistent.


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Cobb wanted to be absolutely sure that the drug was in. There was just too much at stake to leave something like that up to the hostess.


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The scene takes place in Ariadne's second shared-dreaming experience with Cobb. The purpose of this scene is for her to play around in the world, discovering that while she is in control, she can manipulate anything. This includes turning solid air into a mirror-door and also to show off some fancy visual effects in the movie (endless mirrors without ...


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As with so many plot points in Inception this is probably designed to cloud our understanding about whether Cobb is in the real world or in a dream. You could easily say that Cobol Engineering are obviously a very powerful and ruthless company - they were willing to hire Cobb's group to steal ideas from a competitor, and are willing to kill Cobb for his ...


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I think the answer is in what Cobb says: Saito is dead by now. The by now being the important part. Based on the injuries sustained by Saito it is obvious that he only has a short time to live. And while time passes differently at the different levels, Cobb is aware it has passed. He may not know with 100% confidence but biased on how long it ...


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The ring theory is interesting but I personally find it hard to believe it. My problem is that I also see conflicting issues with the spinning top. First of all it is my opinion that the top is a poor totem. If its sign is to spin forever in a dream, or fall over in the real world it seems too obvious and too easy for someone else to dream that behavior ...


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Fischer is shot in the 3rd layer of the dream and enters the limbo. In limbo, you are actually in your own mind, you don't follow the rules of others. What is more, you are so "sedated" (so deep in your subconscious) that you forget reality. This means, you don't have contact to anything else. You are numb (like in a coma). If you pay attention to what the ...


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The freefall was to wake them up from the next level (so they would feel it!) This is how I see the "falling" happen: Level 1: Van falling Felt at Level 2 Level 3 feels nothing -- can get stuck. How is this remedied? Freefall on level 2 which will bring them back from level 3. Ok Back from level 3 up to level 2 with freefall Back up to ...


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I do not believe there is any mention of what his original totem was. I think we are meant to presume that he adopted Mal's spinning top totem when she committed suicide in what Cobb and we are meant to think is 'the real world' in the story. We are told that Mal invented the totem concept. It could be the case that at the time Cobb and Mal are in Limbo ...


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I agree with what's been said in the other answer, but also I consider a major factor to be mood. The whole sequence is designed to give that sense of the magnitude of their (his) accomplishment, and heighten his fear and expectation as he makes it through immigration and then customs and finally freedom. Plus there is a general sense of a dream or waking ...


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I found the following dialog that I think answers my question: Ariadne: So, do you use a timer? Arthur: No, I have to judge it for myself. While you're all asleep in five-two-eight, I wait for Yusuf's kick. Ariadne: Well, how will you know? Arthur: Cause music warns me and then when the van hits the barrier of the bridge that should ...



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