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Michael Caine Comments On Inception's Ending…

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SPOILER ALERT: We're about to comment on the ending of Inception. If you haven't seen it yet, then get the hell off your computer and find a movie theater still playing it proceed with caution.

According to Michael Caine, who played a small supporting role in the film, the ending of Inception is….

REAL. He believes that Leonardo DiCaprio's character Cobb is no longer in a dream, and that the spinning top/totem falls down after the screen smashes to black.

Do U agree with Michael Caine, or do U think it was all a dream?

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41 comments to “Michael Caine Comments On Inception's Ending…”

  1. 1

    i thought it was real. the top seemed to waver as if it was about the fall just before the screen cut to black. but of course the whole point was leaving it open to interpretation.

  2. 2

    I vote dream

  3. 3

    I agree!

  4. 4

    No way, then why do the kids look the exact same as when he left them.

  5. 5

    no way, its a dream, why do his kids look exactly the same as when he left them?

  6. malii says – reply to this


    i totally think it was real!

  7. 7

    Thats what I liked about the ending of this film.. it cant be really disappointing cause you can make up your own mind about it. my friend wanted a happy ending so she likes to believe that it fell. and others like to be cynical and say that it didnt haha. it was a great ending.

  8. 8

    Caine should do a follow up to "Blame It On Rio".

    Thomas Chi
    Selling Sex with Sarah Palin

  9. 9

    i agree!!! I thought it was real too. LOVED that movie!!!

  10. 10

    It was real in my mind. What I love most is that Nolan is such a genius that this movie mindfucked everybody.

  11. 11

    yeah, a wet dream

  12. 12

    its a dream because in the movie they say when u wake up u don't know how you got there. Leo was talking to the old man and bang next scene he is in the airplane and seem confuse and he talks to no one just smiling and at the airport no one talks to hime beside his father, so he is still in a dream. also the old man touch his totem which no one is suppose to touch. DREAM DRAEM DRAEM

  13. 13

    I didn't see the top wavering, seemed to keep its speed. Great movie nonetheless. Christopher Nolan is a genius as a director and I felt the same of him about being a writer when I learned that he wrote Inception. But I was surprised to later find out the movie was lifted from an old Donald Duck comic book.

    Nolan has a talent for putting comics on the big screen but why he took all the credit for the Inception story is fraud, in my opinion.

  14. 14

    he should stick to acting and avoid delving into psychology

  15. Pisky says – reply to this


    definitely not a dream, he saw his kids faces, he couldn't in the dream, and caine is right, it was about to fall over just as the screen went to black.

  16. 16

    I want it to be real, but I think the ending kinda means that it doesn't matter if it's real or not. The kids have different clothes than in the dreams, so I say REAL!

  17. 17

    It was a nightmare. An overrated piece of nonsense that just shows people wouldn't now a good movie if it hit them on the head.

  18. 18

    Re: amaniel77 – actually it was real.. they left that part out.. he knew how he got there but they don' t show us so people think about it
    1st-he is always wearing a wedding ring in his dream..always without it in reality..
    2nd-the kids look similar but the girl is wearing pink converse instead of the clogs she always wears in the dream..
    3rd-the top waivers.. it never even sort of waivered before..
    It was obvious it was real if you paid any attention

  19. 19

    Such an incredible movie. I love how the ending leaves you not knowing. I choose to believe Cobb's totem falls, but it's up to your own interpretation. I can't wait until this comes to DVD.

  20. 20

    I interpreted it as being real, exactly like Caine says.

  21. 21

    All a dream, Dude!

  22. 22

    Nope, not real. Do you think the kids would be in the exact same clothes?

  23. 23

    I work at a cinema, but I saw the movie in full before I ever saw the ending.

    Since I saw the film I saw the end of Inception about 30 times, and I think that it was reality, like Caine says, as it appears to be slowing down and not perfectly still and consistent like it was shown to be through the rest of the film.

  24. 24

    yaah he obviously woke up in the end. … once the totem starts to tumble then obviously it will fall ……….

  25. 25

    I agree..after my friend and I saw it, I said it was real and she thought he was still dreaming

  26. 26

    I didn't think the top was his totem. I thought it was his wife's. His totem was his wedding ring. That's how I took it. The ending is real. The spinning top is irrelevent.

  27. 27

    yes it was all a dream. Yes there will be a sequel.

  28. 28

    It was a dream. When he woke up on the plane he didn't take the thing out of his arm. that was the biggest thing in my mind that said it was a dream, then with the top, yes it did waver but then it still spun and the screen cut to black. i guess its all up to the person and how they perceive it and the events at the end….

  29. 29

    I chose to believe it was real.

  30. 30

    I think it was real, too. :)

  31. 31

    both my friend and I thought it was a dream, so we decided it was a dumb ending

  32. Leto says – reply to this


    Personnally, i do agree, because the spinning top isn't Cobb's totem… It was Mall's ! So it isn't working as a totem for him ("no one shall touch your totem" because as soon as someone else manipulates it, it stops being a totem, and if i remember well two other characters touch the top during the film apart from Cobb and Mall, the asian guy and Joseph Gordon-Lewitts I think). His totem is something else.

    Though it is never clearly stated in the movie, Cobb is wearing his wedding ring when in dreams and not when in moments that are meant to be real. So this could be his totem, and the spinning top would just be a detail put under focus to mislead the viewers (which it does perfectly well). I think the wedding ring is his totem, and as he is not wearing it in the last sequence, he is back to reality.

    Plus the final shot of the spinning top isn't long enough to enable us to draw a conclusion from it alone… :)

  33. 33

    Yes I figured it was real because the totem started to stumble before it fell/ the movie was ended.

  34. 34

    If you watch the movie until the very end, after all credentials, you hear the pin drop. And there is the answer to today's enigma ;)

  35. 35

    i think it didnt matter if it was real or not. he spun it and walked away. before he had to watch it fall. that was "his reality" rather it was a dream or not…

  36. 36

    Re: Jennifer Anne

    Thank you! I'm agree with you. And kids wearing same clothes…

  37. 37

    If you read the credits, writer/director Chris Nolan chose to employ two sets of children, something like "Philippa (3yrs)" and "Philippa (5yrs)"… None of us could tell the difference between the two sets on screen, but if he chose to be that dedicated to the timeline of the movie, I'm going to go with the ending being reality.

  38. 38

    i thought it was real, it seemed to be about to drop

  39. 39

    You guys who still think it was real should go to the IMDB forum.

    The clothes were NOT the same:
    young girl: thin pink dress, curly blonde hair
    young boy: green plaid shirt

    older girl: corduroy pink dress with white shirt, straight brown hair
    older boy: brown plaid shirt with sandals

    He was not wearing his wedding ring in that scene. When Cobb isn't dreaming, he doesn't wear the wedding ring.

    And the BIG indicator that it's real is that Cobb said you wake up from limbo, but the danger is that you wake up sane or a vegetable.

    Anyway, it doesn't matter whose totem the top is/was. The point of a totem is that YOU know what it does so that YOU know when you're dreaming or not. It isn't magic that belongs to one person. He knows what the totem is. His wedding ring would be a dumb totem because anyone can see when he's wearing it and when he isn't.

  40. 40

    I didn't like the ending. It SUCKED!

  41. 41

    Just fyi, you can hear the totem hit the table just when the screen goes black.

    I found out about it after the movie. I couldn't here it @ the theatre because as soon as the screen went black everyone was shouting and shit ;p