How many of you have seen the movie Inception?
If you have not, please do yourself a favor and do so. It is one of the better movies I saw in 2010 and is sure to have you thinking. The remainder of this post contains major story spoilers, so please do not read on if you are troubled by this.
Many people have been turned off by the final frames of the ending, which, if you paid attention during the expository parts of the movie, leaves the interpretation of Cobb’s fate open to the interpretation of the viewer. To remind you, in a Sopranos-style cut to black, the top, a totem which Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Cobb, uses to determine whether he is in reality or a dream, spins. In the dream states, the top continues to spin, and in reality it falls. The cut to the credits leaves the viewer to decide the final fate of the top.
Logically, I do not have a very strong argument, but I feel that Cobb may still be in a dream limbo at the end of the movie. It’s really based on a feeling and based on how you’re kind of thrown into the middle of the action at the beginning of the film. I recently came across an image which has been making its way around the internet that may help my case. Supposedly, the image is a sketch drawn by Christopher Nolan which shows the layers of dreams and outlines the kicks that are experienced throughout the movie. Here is a link to the image (click to enlarge in a new tab or window).At first glance, it shows that for the “Heist” portion of the film, which is more or less the whole film, each layer is resolved by the end of the movie. I argue that conveniently absent from this image is the left side of the page on the left, which may very well show that the entire plot of the movie may be buried in one level of dreams.
Maybe someone put that idea in my head in a dream.