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The technique is specifically named in the film, as the literal meaning of the word matches well with it. Following is a dialogue from early in the film, for reference: COBB: What do you want from us? SAITO: Inception. ... SAITO: Is it possible? ARTHUR: Of course not. SAITO: If you can steal an idea from someone's mind, why can't you plant one there instead?...


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Saito wanted to be present to ensure that the job went his way and that the team was successful. Having already experienced a failed attempt at information theft (when Cobb and co tried to steal information from him), Saito wanted to put every little thing into his favor, and the best way to do that was to be present at every step. A good example of this ...


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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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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 that ...


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The other answers here are correct, but they are missing a key quote that is a direct answer to your question. YUSUF: A powerful sedative. How many team members? COBB: Five. SAITO: Six. The only way to know you've done the job is if I go in with you. The "loot" from this job was not an obvious, easily provable thing like a password or a secret ...


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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 time. Why ...


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As you explained, Inception is an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events. In this movie, lead protagonist Dominic Cobb(Leonardo DiCaprio) has got a task to implant an idea into Robert Fischer's subconscious mind by going into his dream. And that person will have a life and act according to what has been implanted into his mind....


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My take on this is quite simple. He's hiring a team to encourage a competitor to walk away from competing with his company. This is an illegal activity and as a result involves hiring a team that he personally knows little about, or whether to trust them. Because this is illegal, he has no recourse to the legal system if Cobb breaks his agreement, and ...


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I love the question. Here's a summary from a very tight explanation (with some drawings): Inception and Kicks There were two types of dreams. The simple construct with a mild sedative and the more complex construct with a strong sedative. In the simple construct, one kick is enough. Kick can be either to the self (eg: Arthur shot in the head) or a kick from ...


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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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In the movie, Arthur is defined as the point man: Point man: A most trusted assistant or associate; the person upon whom one would most rely. Arthur is Cobb's right-hand guy and the team's detail man who's best at taking care of all the specifics. He also keeps Cobb in check (Cobb proves throughout the film that he's a somewhat volatile partner who might ...


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Cobb enters limbo through death a long time after Saito enters limbo through death. This answer covers things very well. The order of events is: Fischer dies in level-3 (reaching Limbo) Cobb and Ariadne sleep in level-3 (reaching Limbo) Saito dies in level-1 (reaching Limbo) Mal stabs Cobb in Limbo and gets shot Ariadne and Fischer kill themselves in Limbo ...


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To add to the answers, another key bit is that Cobb enters Limbo twice. reff: Inception Explained First time with Ariadne, when they go down using the machine to get Fischer. Here they both are aware of where they are and what they are here to do. Later on when everyone rides up using the kicks, they use oxygen masks and exit the drowning van. Here they ...


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The 'letters' are different in different parts of the story. However the dream metaphor of the safe and the document it contains act in a similar manner. Extraction Dream (Targeting Saito) Cobb explains how extraction works to Saito at the start of the movie. The purpose of extraction is to obtain a secret from the target. They do that by providing a (...


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I can't do much more than confirm what you already assumed, too: The only way I can think is to memorize each line on that paper, wake up and recite those lines to Cobol Engineering before he forgets. This indeed seems to be the intended approach. But I don't think you necessarily need to memorize each line, though. Those letters are likely not actual ...


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Due to the slowed time in dream state, it's still possible that Mal woke up and is working on giving Cobb the kick, but he's perceiving that time as years. If Cobb is still several levels deep, then those years could have been only a few minutes or even seconds since Mal woke up. She could still be setting up or triggering the kick, or even waiting a few ...


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A dream in the movie has the same features as any regular dream. When the unsuspecting subject wakes up, he has a vague memory of the events of the dream, whilst some personal faces can be recollected, the rest will be be a blur. This is just like any dream we tend to have and try to recollect it in the morning once we've woken up, some things would be clear,...


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I think it comes down to one point - can one mind actively dream two or more states simultaneously. For the dream within a dream thing to work .... the dreamer in level 1 (Yusuf) has to dream the Pasiv (sleep) machine into existence, in order to allow people to go down to the next level (the hotel dream of Arthur). For someone to simultaneously be ...


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Mal was right! I know I am coming at this late: According to Cob, he and Mal spent roughly 50 years building that city by the ocean. Assuming they were using a strong sedative that give you a 1:20 time dilation factor, that would mean the next level up would be roughly 2.5 years, and then 45 days, then 2.28 days, then about 3 hours. This would imply that ...


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The beginning of Inception is out of order of the actual events of the movie. This scene actually occurs after Saito dies in the third layer of the dream, going into Limbo. Due to the drugs that the dreamers took, time becomes more distorted with each successive layer of the dream, with Limbo having the biggest distortion. A single second in the real ...


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Saito is there to keep an eye on his investment, the job has almost incalcuable stakes for him with what hobbling his biggest competitor could do for his company's future and bearing in mind try that Cobb has already tried to run from him once and didn't exactly volunteer for this job a little supervision is probably a sensible idea Also given the alleged ...


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Could there be a possibility that Cobb's mentor, Mal's father, purposely trapped him within the maze as revenge for his part in Mal's suicide? I can only offer my own personal observations on this theory, and if it's true then maybe the story isn't about one man incepting another, but about his own personal inception. In thematics, it might make sense: just ...


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This is actually explained in the film. First they find out that he routinely takes the flight Sidney - Los Angeles. Then they cause trouble with his private jet so he has to fly with public transport. And Saito just buys the whole airline for them to have all the freedom to organize being his co-passengers and have flight attendants they can trust: Saito: ...


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The following is quoted from this page - http://inception.wikia.com/wiki/Limbo Limbo exists as a space that is not dreamt by any one individual, but is a shared space where any mind can make drastic alterations of any kind. Based on that game hosting server example you gave I would say a dream level is like a client-server architecture whereas limbo is a ...


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Goof is probably too strong a word - this is a dream after all. When people are dreaming they can find all sort of things happening: Unexpected things like trains appearing in intersections Deliberate things like Eames dreaming of a grenade launcher ('dream a little bigger darling'). I imagine that the Pasiv shared dreams do resolve 'conflicts' like this ...


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Nij's answer covers well the in-universe explanation of what "inception" is in the context of the film: using the dream-tech to enter someone else's dreamworld and plant an idea that they come to believe is their own. This is explicitly exposited by Saito. However there also exists a meta-level to the titling and, by extension, the theme of the whole film. ...


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It follows the same concept as Arthur's special dice, basically the exact same concept. Consider for example, how Arthur would know the die is his. He couldn't just rely on which face the die landed on. For one thing, a loaded die doesn't always land on the same side. And then if it did, and that was his check for the totem, it would just take ...


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It was a dream, and the architect made a scene where he doesn't have his own car (a foreign city). Private security was all around in the dream and they did attack the intruders right away.


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There is an important clue in the final scene that is easy to miss, and David Kyle Johnson, author of Inception and Philosophy: Because It’s Never Just a Dream, believes that Christopher Nolan intentionally misdirects the audience’s attention in the final scene. In short, Johnson’s view is the whole movie is a dream, Saito’s in particular. Johnson gave a ...


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