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A 2010 British-American science fiction heist thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan.

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How do Cobb and Ariadne enter Limbo without having to die?

After Saito dies on the third dream level, he enters limbo. Ariadne then convinces Cobb that it is necessary for them to enter limbo to go after Saito, in order to pull him out. They do so by hooking ...
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Are such movies meant to be understood after multiple viewing?

I just watched Tenet and didn't get it. That's not a problem as I'm not a native English speaker so I rely on subtitles. Even though I understood the English (I switch to Hindi audio wherever ...
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Why was Saito old in Limbo?

The only thing that I'm missing in Inception is why was Saito old in the opening and closing scenes of this great movie? Both Cobb and Saito land in Limbo in (presumably) the same moment and Cobb ...
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Who impersonated the Father in death bed in the movie Inception?

There were seven people on the plane in Inception: Cobb, Arthur, Saito, Ariadne, Eames, Yusuf and Robert Fischer. They all went into a road rage in the first level of the dream, and on the second ...
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Why did Yusuf hesitate to show Cobb his dream chamber?

During Yusuf's recruiting for the Inception he's about to show Cobb and the others how his special sedatives work in practice. But right before showing them he hesitates for a short moment: Yusuf: ...
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Why does Cobb wake up in the water?

Inception begins with Cobb waking up or lying on the beach in the water. He is brought before Saito. Later on, we learn that this is limbo. From Eames' dream (level 3), Cobb and Ariadne go a level ...
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Why do the kicks have to occur simultaneously?

In Inception, why do the kicks on the different levels have to occur simultaneously, rather than one after another?
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What is the implicit meaning of Mal's riddle in Inception?

You're waiting for a train. A train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure. But it doesn't matter, because we'll be together. ...
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Why doesn't Eames impersonate Robert Fischer's father to plant the idea in his mind?

In the third level of the dream in Inception, why doesn't Eames impersonate Robert Fischer's father to plant the idea in Robert's mind?
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Why did Cobb administer the sedative? [duplicate]

The plane scene leading up to the inception of Fischer proceeds as follows: Eames swipes Fischer's passport Cobb returns the passport to Fischer and chats him up about his father The flight attendant ...
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Did Yoga Vasistha influence Inception?

Yoga Vasistha is a scripture of sanathan dharma, aka. Hinduism. It has a vast explanation of the relativity of space and time, and also talks about dreams, reality, illusion, and other aspects in ...
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Why didn't Mal use her totem (spinning top) before she actually died?

In Inception, it was told that the totem's concept was invented by Mal. Then why didn't Mal use her spinning top to find out if she is in a dream or not before jumping off the window? Is it the case ...
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Why was it necessary to rescue Saito from limbo?

In Inception, one of the last scenes (and actually the very beginning scene) is Saito being approached by Cobb to both retrieve him and remind him about their arrangement. But did that action really ...
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Why did Yusuf need to go into the field?

When Cobb first meets Yusuf in Inception and tells him he is seeking for a chemist to formulate a compound for the Fischer job, he says that he would also need to "go into the field" with them to ...
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Why couldn't Cobb show the totem to Mal? [duplicate]

In Inception, why didn't Cobb just spin the totem in the real world to show Mal that she is finally back to reality so she wouldn't have killed herself?
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Why do we never see the faces of Cobb's children? And why don't they age?

One thing that makes me feel that Cobb dreamed the end of Inception is that the faces of his children were never revealed. And weirdly, they don't seem to have grown up either. Children of that age ...
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How do Cobb's children know which hotel he's staying at in Kyoto in Inception

After the failed extraction of information from Saito, Cobb claims that he's "getting off at Kyoto" and we later see him in a hotel room. He spins his totem--the top--to make sure he isn't dreaming, ...
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How did Cobb recognize he was dreaming the first time he and Mal went to Limbo?

In the movie Inception, we know it's not posible to know what was Cobb's totem (by this question). However, we know that he planted in Mal's mind the idea that the Limbo was not real, and that's why ...
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What kind of maze was Dom looking for in Inception?

In Inception, Dom gives Ariadne two minutes to make a maze that takes one minute to solve. Why was the maze with concentric circles "more like it". What was Dom looking for exactly? Why were the other ...
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At which dream level did Inception end?

In the ending of Inception (2010), there is some doubt that Cobb is in the real world. But if he is not in the real world then at which level of the dream he is in? Starting at the presumed 'real ...
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Why the difference in Cobb's reaction to limbo?

In the movie Inception, at the end, when Cobb goes to limbo to rescue Saito he starts to forget "reality" and he has only been there for like 10 - 15 minutes. However, he spends decades with Mal in ...
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What's the significance of Cobb's ring in Inception?

In Inception, Cobb was wearing his wedding ring in some scenes and in some scenes he doesn't. After watching the movie so many times, according to me, in every scene of a dream he was wearing his ...
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Why aren't the characters floating two levels down?

If level 0 is the reality, the characters in the van are at level 1. The van drops off the edge of the bridge and goes into freefall. At level 2, in the hotel, they experience the freefall as well. ...
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How does Saito eliminate Cobb's murder charge?

In the final scenes of Inception, Saito is seen making a phone call after the completion of the job. Though we don't hear any conversation, we can assume that he is taking care of Cobb being able to ...
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When did the Inception start?

Many have wondered about this and this may be the silliest question asked regarding the movie INCEPTION but here it is.... When did the Inception start? Or Could it be that the whole movie was a ...
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Why does Ariadne's totem work?

In Inception, Cobb's totem was a spinning top, that in reality would stop spinning eventually. Arthur's totem was a special dice, that in reality would roll a particular number more often. Ariadne's ...
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Why isn't Arthur woken up by the kick?

First the van rolls, then later the van falls off the bridge. Why doesn't this kick wake up Arthur? Related questions: Why do the kicks have to occur simultaneously?
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Can a person die of starvation in an Inception-like dream?

Is it possible that a person, dreaming at 2nd or 3rd level, can die of hunger? And, will that person wake up to reality? In case, the person is heavily sedated, will he wake up or go in a limbo?
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How does Eames get access to Fischer's office?

In the movie Inception, Cobb employs Eames for his Inception task as a forger. As a part of the task, Eames observes Browning and his behavior and mannerisms so he can forge his identity seamlessly ...
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Why didn't Saito kill himself when he was stuck in limbo?

In Inception Cobb tells Ariadne that he was stuck in limbo with Mal for 50 years. Then they killed themselves by lying on the railway track. So, it is possible to commit suicide even if you are in ...
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Does everyone experience the same Limbo?

When both Cobb and Ariadne go down to Limbo near the end of Inception, it's essentially the same as Cobb had left it. But if Ariadne went herself and hadn't heard about Cobb's limbo (so her ...
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Why were they trying to get that letter from a locker in Inception?

I have watched Inception a few times but I can't understand why they all are crazy about that letter which was in that locker? Why were they struggling to get that letter?
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On which level does Cobb die?

We see Cobb being stabbed by Mal in 4th level of dream (which is presumably limbo); does that give him a shock to rise up to the third, then to the second, and ultimately to the first level (where he ...
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How can Cobb use Mal's totem for a reality check [duplicate]

How can Cobb use Mal's totem for a reality check? Isn't this defeating the whole idea of totems. That totem belongs to Mal so how can Cobb use that to check for reality. Wouldn't that give ...
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What was the purpose of Saito's presence during the inception job?

In Inception, Saito hires the extraction team to plant an idea or achieve "inception" into the mind of a CEO. The team consists of trained specialists who each perform a particular task. Saito is ...
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Esoteric quote that inspired Nolan's 'Inception'

I remember once reading a very esoteric, borderline nonsensical quote somewhere on the old IMDb boards which was apparently one of Nolan's inspirations for the film Inception. It had very few ...
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Why can't Mal give a kick to Cobb from the "real" world if she actually escaped

If Mal was right that it was all fake, and she jumped and got out of the dream, Then upon waking up why can't she give some sort of kick to Cobb in the "real" world? (Just like Arthur gave the kick to ...
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How did Cobb’s crew know about Saito’s apartment?

In the first part of Inception, Cobb’s crew leave the dream where they attempted to extract Saito’s secrets in the castle, and return to a dream (though this is unknown to Saito at this point) in ...
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How is the extracted information brought back to reality?

In the film Inception assuming Cobb was successfully able to extract Saito's secrets from the safe how would he bring those papers stamped "confidential" to the reality? The only way I can think is ...
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What techniques were used to film Ariadne entering the dream world for the first time

I am having trouble finding techniques that Nolan had used in the filming of this scene.
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Who decides how a totem behaves in a dream?

In the movie - Inception, who decides how a totem behaves inside a dream? First of all, in the dream, are the totems manifestations of the dreamer? The architect creates the other parts and ...
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How is the spinning top a totem?

The purpose of a totem in Inception is to behave abnormally in the reality. So only you know how it is not normal. In someone else's dream, that person won't know the abnormality of your object, so it ...
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What fills the void left by the lack of character development in Inception?

Most of the characters excluding Cobb and his wife, do not have very developed roles. The roles are actually shallow and it is at times hard to see the motivation behind characters to do what they do. ...
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Explanation of the opening scene of Inception

Can someone explain the opening scene of Inception where Cobb is shown on the sea shore? He looks weak and is taken by the men of the old guy, who then shares food with Cobb. This old guy looks like ...
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Why was the movie titled Inception?

Inception means: An event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events. But the movie talks about humans dreaming & lucid dreaming etc. So, why is the movie titled ...
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How did they bring Fischer back to life within the 3rd layer of the dream?

Near the end of Inception, Mal shoots Fischer, killing him (or at least mortally wounding him) within the 3rd layer of the dream. Dom and Ariadne go down a level to find him and bring him back. How ...
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Why is Saito, a multi-billionaire, travelling all alone in a public train in Inception?

In Inception, Saito is supposedly a multi-billionaire who controls a big chunk of world's energy business, is able to buy entire airlines at a moment's notice and usually seen traveling in helicopters ...
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Why is everyone's limbo space the same in Inception?

Cobb, Ariadne, Fischer, Saito all die in the dream and end up in the same Limbo world, which is the world Cobb and Mal built. Does this have any logical explanation according to the rules set up by ...
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Did Existenz influence Inception?

The movie eXistenZ, which stars Jude Law, shares the concept of layered realities with the movie Inception. Was the movie Inception influenced by Existenz's concept at all?
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Why didn't the characters wake up when the van went off the bridge in Inception? [duplicate]

In one of the early scenes it shows Cobb being pushed backwards off a chair to be woken up out of the dream. Considering the van crashing through a barrier and falling through the air (never mind the ...