Inception: Christopher Nolan tries to explain the ending


Patrick John

6/26/20233 min read

2010 saw "Inception" under Christopher Nolan's direction. One of his cult movies intrigues because the ending is always cloaked in mystery and open to the most outlandish theories. The director tried to explain it in a recent interview.

Christopher Nolan departed Gotham in 2010 to helm Inception after establishing himself with movies like Memento (2000), Insomnia (2002), and The Dark Knight (2008). Inception transports viewers into the depths of dreams and illusion, led by an outstanding cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Elliot Page, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, and even Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The plot follows seasoned burglar Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), who breaks into people's dreams to steal knowledge and closely held secrets.

A cult favorite is the movie Inception. The feature film received eight Oscar nominations and took home four awards, including Best Visual Effects. For a budget of 160 million dollars, Inception made more than 870 million dollars at the box office.

With its unexpected ending twist, the movie Inception is thrilling and fascinating. The conclusion of Inception is still debatable today. There are conflicting views, and it is unclear if Dom Cobb is still in the land of dreams or not.

explanation of the End

The conclusion of Inception is still somewhat unclear. Each character in the movie has a totem. This enables the user to determine whether he is doing well in the actual world or whether he is still trapped in the world of dreams despite his best efforts. Dom Cobb finds his entire small family at the end of the movie. But it's hard to tell if he's actually there or if he's chosen to stay in his dreams to be with his loved ones. His decision to twirl his top follows.

The spinning top, however, is a ruse because Mal (Marion Cotillard) uses it as a symbol. Dom Cobb's wedding ring, which serves as his true totem, can be used to determine whether or not he continued to exist in the dream world instead of the spinning top. A hypothesis that Christopher Nolan has never formally expressed.

Recently, the director went back to the Wired microphone at the end of Inception. Unfortunately, he keeps quiet about whether Cobb is awake or asleep. He merely stated if the conclusion of Inception is upbeat or not:

"I assume there is a nihilistic view of this outcome. He eventually got over it, though, and saw his kids again. Emotional ambiguity is not the same as ambiguity. For the general public, it is an intellectual ambiguity".

It doesn't matter whether the character is dreaming or not, according to Christopher Nolan's explanation. Cobb returns home to his kids after completing his robbery and killing his assailants. It's difficult to determine whether Cobb is real or not because the faces of the alleged children aren't even visible, and the spinning top wobbles shortly before the final cut. But in the end, it doesn't matter, in Cobb's opinion. She values spending time with her kids, whether it is in the real world or not.

He is no longer burdened by his legal issues or the regret and shame that have followed him around for so long, and he is free to live his life with his kids. At the conclusion of Inception, he may be dreaming (although there are signs that he may be awake), yet he turns his head away from the spinning top because he has now found calm.

Inception © Warner Bros. Pictures

Inception © Warner Bros. Pictures

Inception © Warner Bros. Pictures