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By this point Saito has been stuck in Limbo for long enough to have lived out an entire fantasy life in his palace. He no longer remembers his original life. Given the violence of his earlier dreams and fascination with the British revolutionary period, it's quite likely that his fantasies involved him being a warlord of some description. When Cobb ...


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There is no reason to think Inception copied Jonny Quest... ... because they're both drawing on much older concepts which are common enough that everyone from Doctor Who to Scrooge McDuck has done it. The "basic points" shared by each are also shared by countless other intellectual properties dating well before Jonny Quest's 1996 debut. Let's look at your ...


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Fischer's subconscious is trained to resist extraction (by simulating armed gunmen) but it's unaware that they have him sedated with drugs that will cause him to drop into limbo if he's killed. Under normal circumstances his training makes perfect sense. If someone is killed by their own projections this would simply result in them waking up. Even if the ...


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Think about what we see. We see Cobb spinning the top in a dream. It doesn't stop spinning In the "real world" (or what we assume is real), we see Cobb spinning the top and examining it as it does. We see the top stop spinning and fall. We see the top spinning as the movie fades to black But let's look at the script again. Cobb fumbles in his pockets, ...


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As others have commented, the ambiguity has been intentionally put there, but Christopher Nolan knows the answer as per his Wired interview: Wired: (snip) I know that you’re not going to tell me, but I would have guessed that really, because the audience fills in the gaps, you yourself would say, “I don’t have an answer.” Nolan: Oh no, I’ve got an ...


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The song doesn't run at the same speed in both levels, also it isn't time that's physically moving faster, it's only the dreamers' perception of time. The song isn't running any slower, and is operating outside the dreamer's sphere of influence. The fact that the song should be played at the same speed is the very metronome like constant the dreamers are ...


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The calculation is on a 1:20 ratio between each layer of dream on strong sedative. And 1:12 on normal sedative. This is a bit weird though. When the van is falling in the first layer of the dream, the passengers are weightless and time is flowing 20 times slower. The van falls in ... maybe 5 seconds? That means in the second layer, the character must do the ...


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During the dream sequences it's especially notable that Cobb's children don't age, nor have they changed clothes throughout the earlier sequences. This ties in very nicely with the idea that we're seeing a specific memory of his children (and his conscious regret at not seeing their faces one last time) as an indicator that he's inside a dream. By contrast, ...


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Short answer : we are never told explicitly what was Cobb's totem before the spinning top. and IIRC, he doesn't say at all it is his totem: COBB This one was hers. She'd spin it in a dream and it would never topple. Just spin and spin... Now, if you are ready to dig into The Internet, you are going to find a lot of different theories, which is one of the ...


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There is no good reason. This is a known plothole. See here, among other places online. Nolan needed Cobb to know about the back-door in order for Mal to know about it, and was counting on people being too engrossed in the film to notice the flaw. One could argue that Cobb subconsciously wanted Mal to blow the mission, thus causing him to stupidly ask for ...


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Firstly, it's worth stressing that Cobb was never fooled by Limbo and (initially) neither was Mal COBB: It’s not so bad at first, being gods. The problem is knowing that it’s not real. It became impossible for me to live like that. ARIADNE: But not for her? COBB: She accepted it. At some point… One of the keys to the film is that as Mal refused to ...


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You've asked two separate questions here. I'll try to approach them in order: Why Saito is older while Cobb remains the same age You're absolutely right. Saito is older than Cobb because he's been down in Limbo much much longer. Not only is there a dramatic time differential but he's also unaware of the dream nature of his existence and is expecting his ...


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TL;DR As long as Fischer does not suspect that he is dreaming, he cannot "connect the dots" and realize that one of the men that kidnapped him in the first dream was Saito, who sat next to him at the airplane. I amend my previous answer to better reflect what is going on with the movie. Fischer boards a plane to LA to join his family for his father's ...


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Fisher is not dead yet, but dying. There are 3 levels of dreams that are designed - The City, The Hotel and The Snow Fortress. If you further go down using the device you will reach Limbo but know how you got there. If you get killed in any dream level you will reach Limbo, but will not know how you got there. Fischer is not yet dead, he's in a temporal ...


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I think the shooting script gives a bit more clarity on the subject. I've edited and abridged for ease of reading... Eames grabs a defibrillator from the wall and pulls Fischer's jacket open COBB : It won't do any good Eames SHOCKS Fischer's chest... COBB : Even if you could revive his body, his mind's trapped down there. It's over. ...


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The existence of the totem is not what proves whether or not they're in a dream or reality - it's the accuracy of it. Arthur tells Ariadne what his totem is, but doesn't let her touch it. But, how is it weighted? Which side does it lean? How heavy is it? As the architect, Ariadne could insert a loaded die into one of the designs, but she could never get ...


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It's not confirmed in the film screenplay or the shooting script but I have a couple of theories: Theory 1 Since the enhanced sedative was only required in order to allow the "inception team" to reach the second and third dream levels, it seems quite logical that Yusuf (the driver) would not be using it. As he was only ever intended to be on the first ...


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Well in the end the top spinning didn't matter, if you notice Cobb walked away before it stopped spinning because he didn't care. The top wasn't the totem anyway, that was Mal's totem and her perspective would have the influence over the totem. If you do notice all through the movie the kids have on black shoes, the end scene they have on white shoes, and ...


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While the answers that Cobb is trying to just make sure and wants everything perfectly under his control are probably correct, there might still be other reasons to directly approach Fischer, as mentioned in my answer to a similar question on Movies & TV Stack Exchange: Before Cobb hands him his drink, he brings the conversation to Fischer's father, ...


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Yes, his totem is invalid. The script makes it pretty clear that the point of a totem is that the feel, the balance and the weight of the object (e.g. things which couldn't objectively be deduced by sight alone) are what tells the dreamer that they're still in a dream-state. Saito reinforces this by instantly identifying the carpeting in his apartment as ...


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He has remembered that he is dreaming, and is asking Cobb if he has come to awaken him from that dream. Look at what immediately follows that line; Saito takes Cobb's totem and states that he knows what it is, indicating that he is (now) aware that he is within a dream. Given that the film previously established that dying in a dream will, under normal ...


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After rewatching the scene (again), it basically boiled down to running out of time. The first level kick is already happening, they hadn't got Fischer in the room by the locked gate. Cobb forces Ariadne to tell the team the secret entrance (the air vent ducts) but in doing so (because Cobb was in earshot of Ariadne ) he obviously heard about the secret ...


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Ariadne rode the kick; Cobb didn't. The "kick" isn't death, or even remotely related to death in a dream. You know that feeling you get when you're walking up a staircase without paying much attention, and lift your foot expecting another step - only to find empty air? That split second of panic is the kick. Any sudden fall will do it. This isn't solely ...


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Nash was the architect who designed the two dream environments we see at the start of the film; Saito's Castle/Dining Room and Saito's Apartment. It was his failure to correctly research the layout of the apartment (which was based on a real place, something that Cobb vehemently opposes) that resulted in Saito realising that he was still in a dream. Fearing ...


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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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If an object was to spin at a constant speed eternally, it would be very consistent. The real world has gravity, friction, etc that wears down the energy in a spinning object bringing it to a halt eventually. A dream however bypasses certain rules posed by classic physics. This is what lets the totem spin on for ever. Notice how constant the spinning top ...


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i believe that Cobb's totem was actually his wedding ring. After Mal's death, in all the "reality" scenes, Cobb is not wearing his wedding ring. In all the dream sequences, he is. Cobb adopted Mal's totem, so it's not really his. On the other hand, Mal is so important to his subconscious that his dream avatar will always wear the wedding ring. This is the ...


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Dying in Limbo seems to take you back up to the previous dream level, without the need for a kick. The entire point of the movie is that when Cobb and Mal first encountered Limbo, they were unaware/unsure how to get out. They chose to stay inside until Cobb finally convinced Mal using inception that they should kill themselves together. It's this method ...


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As far as the batteries in the PASIV machines in the dream layers are concerned, those are inventions of the dreamers and therefore don't need to obey real-world physics. They can simply dream them with unlimited batteries in the same way that the Arthur dreamed the impossible staircase. We actually have two pretty good (in-universe) examples of this; ...


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