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Likely the latter: An 'unreliable' representation of what happened. Since that crucial bit of information (that they grew old together) is still left out as Cobb and Mal go over what happened to them in Limbo, this is either Cobb or Mal (or even Ariadne, representing the viewers) imagining they were young there or falsely remembering it. Note that some of ...


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The imagery for limbo is a bit confusing, especially when you factor in Sato's appearance when Cobb finally shows up. That said, however, when they do kill themselves they ARE old, or at least they think they are. I think not making them appear old was a visual inconsistency, but it may have been intentionally made by Nolan to make the whole suicide scene ...


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Cobb accepts the job for only one reason- to be reunited with his children. At the end of the movie, it does not matter anymore if he was dreaming or not. Ohhh yes, finally he can embrace his children, hear their voices and call him daddy. For me, this movie was about hope. The dream level represents the difficulties and trials we're dealing with. I am not ...


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A totem was an object with some behaviour which was considered to be a secret known only to its owner. Totems could be used therefore to determine whether someone was in someone else's dream because the dreamer would not know what the secret behaviour was, but they could not reliably be used to determine whether someone was dreaming at all, because if the ...


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Time is dilated depending on the different levels of dreaming. ARIADNE: We were only asleep for five minutes? We talked for an hour at least... COBB: When you dream, your mind functions more quickly, so time seems to pass more slowly. ARTHUR: Five minutes in the real world gives you an hour in the dream. COBB: Let's see how much trouble ...


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I agree with the answer Walt gave. However, I also think it doesn't matter to Mal whether she's awake or dreaming. The idea implanted by inception is stuck in her psyche: if she dies, then they can be together forever (or something like that). It was pushed into her mind while she was dreaming, and it was still in her mind when she was awake. So the totem ...


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Because you can't battle a notion once it's successfully inserted into your subconscious. Cobb: An idea is like a virus. Resilient. Highly contagious. The smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you. Nothing could convince Mal. Presumably, Cobb had better ways than a spinning top to prove to Mal that this is reality and ...


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Most of it is explained in the movie: Yusuf: We're too heavily sedated to wake up that way. [...] Can't even think about trying to escape [from Limbo] until the sedation eases. Cobb (to Saito): When you wake up you won't even remember that we had an arrangement. Limbo is going to become your reality. So let's tackle the relevant points one at a ...


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Have a look at this answer. It says when people are in Limbo, (1) time would be passing at a greatly accelerated rate, and (2) they wouldn't even know to wake up, since the kick doesn't work there. So, Cobb convinces Saito that he is in limbo (the top spins continuously as if it will never topple) For the further question - why then cobb didn't ...



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