Random Factoid #355

18 07 2010

Relax, no “Inception” spoilers here.  Although if you were like me a few days ago and want to know literally nothing about the movie, I’d stray away from this post.

And if you were expecting me to shut up about “Inception” once I saw the movie and posted my review, dream on.  I’m just getting started.

What a crazy ending.  Didn’t want to talk about it in the review, but it has everyone talking.  The internet is aflutter with theory after theory, and all I can say is woah.  I could barely take in the plot in one sitting, and you all were able to take this away?

Moviegoers like that absolutely astound me.  And by that, I mean that I don’t understand how people can get so deep into the core of a multi-layered movie like “Inception” in one setting.  No, I am not one of them.  I can only look with amazement at the people on the open InContention thread or the EW PopWatch post.

I doubt I will ever be able to come up with a sophisticated theory on a movie, mainly because I’m just not that kind of a person.  I can piece together my own theory but only after reading several others.  I’m not capable of watching a movie and then coming up with my own with only what I have ingested as my guide.

If anyone wants to post their thoughts on the ending, I guess I can open up the comments to theories and what not.  Spoilers are fair game and welcome, in fact, there.  So if you haven’t seen the movie, DON’T LOOK AT THE COMMENTS BECAUSE THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!


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13 responses

18 07 2010
Simon/Ripley

If the whole movie was, indeed, a dream, then where did it start? On the train, the plane, or before the movie started?

18 07 2010
Castor

Personally, I think people are looking way too deep into a movie that hasn’t proven to be as deep as expected.

18 07 2010
Marshall

Honestly, I think no one is qualified to say how deep it is until they’ve seen it at least twice. I had no idea that “The Dark Knight” had so many layers until repeat viewings. So while I respect your opinion, I just think our immediate, gut reactions to the movie aren’t enough to formulate rock solid opinions on anything.

18 07 2010
Harry

To me, I don’t see where these theories are coming from. I’m with you Marshall, I didn’t take away nearly that much on my first viewing. As far as the ending goes, I don’t see where the doubt about whether or not it was real is coming from. The top thingy was starting to fall down. When we saw it spinning in the dream, it didn’t start to fall down at all, it would stay spinning at a constant rate without showing signs of falling down, so that means that the ending was real.

As far as the rest of the film being a dream, the only way that’s possible is if the world we’re given isn’t real, ie that the totem is not actually an indicator of where we are, but to me that’s creating parts of the story that aren’t present. In my mind, there is a difference between interpreting the world/context that the filmmaker has weighted us in, and creating parts of the story that aren’t present. The world Christopher Nolan has weighted us in, is one where several people who do exist in a real world, go into a dream world where impossible things become possible. We have to rely on what is given as the real world because we have no indications that it is not real.

The only way that the movie is not real is if we agree with Mal and say that the real world simply feels real but isn’t. However, this theory is due to Cobb using Inception to place that idea in her mind. Wow, sorry for all that, but as someone who loves this film (after only one viewing mind you) I felt it necessary to share a full opinion. Great movie, and a good topic of discussion Marshall.

18 07 2010
Harry

Sorry for the length, I can repost it with paragraph breaks if that would help.

18 07 2010
Marshall

I can do the paragraph breaks, no need for a repost.

18 07 2010
Jennifer

The moment Cobb started spinning the totem I KNEW what would happen. When the credits went on, I, along with the rest of the audience, let out an auditory groan and exclaimed “I KNEW IT!” However, after only one viewing, that was the ONLY thing I “knew” and saw coming.

18 07 2010
Marshall

As soon as he pulled out the top, I got the feeling that it was how Nolan would leave us hanging. I knew he had to be itching to do it because he really can’t do too much of it in the “Batman” series. My theater gasped.

18 07 2010
Jennifer

Gasped is a much better description of what happened in my theater. Perhaps I was the only one who really groaned…? Sometimes open ended movies frustrate me and cause me to obsessively research theories about the movie and ending. When Cobb began to spin the totem, I had a feeling I would be consumed me for at least a week.

18 07 2010
Marshall

But there’s something exhilarating about seeing a movie that is going to stay with you after you leave the theater, isn’t there? How many other movies have done that this year? (Very few for me, at least)

18 07 2010
Jennifer

No thats very true! I was exhilarated through the whole movie, had a long discussion about it on the way home with a friend, and I am adamantly researching and reading everything about it now. Nolan did “inception” to his audience, he planted that ending idea into our heads; it was brilliant and it worked.

19 07 2010
Darren

Great film. I have my own theories on the ending (I think there’s a lot of significance to the fact that Cobb is the only one who has an adverse reaction to mirrors (a tell-tale sign you’re in a dream) and the others don’t, as well as to the Mombasa chase sequence, and the fact that Cobb “shared” his totem with Mal (so she knows the weight and balance and such).

Still, it’s great that there will likely never be an answer, and it’s nice to have something to talk about, rather than forgetting a film as soon as you leave the theatre.

27 07 2010
Aiden

It does show where Cobb picked his totem other than deep, several layers deep, in Mal’s dream world. There is no such thing as sharing totems. Cobb tells Ariadne to pick her own and when Ariadne asks to hold someone else’s totem, she is denied. Regardless of how well a dream was architected by someone else Cobb was able to impact it with his thoughts indicating we were deep within a dream that was ultimately his.

I also like the possibility that he dreamt all of it on the plane as he was travelling home to see his kids. Haven’t we all had that dream where our wife disappeared along with the kids and house and you wake up scared and disoriented only to breathe a sigh of relief when you are in your house and your wife is laying in bed asleep and so are the kids?

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