Blog Post #3: Inception

Due Monday, October 1st
Did the top fall or didn't it?  Many theories have abounded about that very issue, which in and of itself is a testament to the impact of Christopher Nolan's Inception.  

There are two parts to this post:

Part One: come up with your own theory on the top, and thereby Cobb's, ultimate fate based on the elements of plot and point of view we covered in class.

Part Two: compare and contrast your theory with the other online theory and post your findings, deciding which one is the best answer.

Kofi Outlaw over at Screenrant has some interesting ideas *see the pasted article below.
Click here to find some plausible theories.
Click here for Inception as a metaphor for film making.
Click here for the Inception is actually on Cobb theory.
Here is an interesting take on the names.  Here is another.
You may also search other theories online.

In the end, ponder the words of the director himself, Christopher Nolan:

“There can’t be anything in the film that tells you one way or another because then the ambiguity at the end of the film would just be a mistake … It would represent a failure of the film to communicate something. But it’s not a mistake. I put that cut there at the end, imposing an ambiguity from outside the film. That always felt the right ending to me — it always felt like the appropriate ‘kick’ to me….The real point of the scene — and this is what I tell people — is that Cobb isn’t looking at the top. He’s looking at his kids. He’s left it behind. That’s the emotional significance of the thing.”

Remember to post your comment using proper MLA format -
1. Start with the header:
  • Your Name
  • Teacher's Name
  • Class 
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For example:
Peter Parker
Mr. Scheuer
Modern Fiction - Hour 6 (your choices: 6 or 8)
1 October 2018

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3. At the bottom of this post, click on the comments link and post it using the anonymous setting.

*The post below comes from the link at

The Rules

So, the first thing to talk about are the rules of the dream world Nolan created for the film. With all the action that happened onscreen, it was easy to forget some of the finer details – but once the lights came up, and people had time to think, I know the question of who was dreaming which dreams certainly came up (among others questions as well).
Remember the basic premise: Cobb (the extractor) and his team are con artists, and like any con artists their job is to construct a false reality and manipulate it in order to confuse and/or fool a mark (in this case industrialist Robert Fischer, played by Cillian Murphy). Nolan takes the classic concept of a con man a step further by making Cobb and his team dream thieves, but in the end, the basic concept is still your classic con/heist movie.
Dream Levels and Dream Time
Nolan throws a lot of fancy math at you but it’s all really inconsequential. All you need to really know are the basic concepts:
The dream within a dream process puts you into a deeper state of dreaming. The deeper you go, the further removed your mind is from reality. We all know what that’s like: the deeper you sleep, the harder it is to be woken up and the more vivid and real-feeling a dream becomes. If you’re in a deep enough sleep, not even the usual physical ques to wake up effect you, such as the sensation of falling (“the kick”) or even, say, having to go to the bathroom.
By the time you reach the Limbo state it can be so difficult to wake, and the dream can feel so vividly real, that the mind stops trying to wake at all – the mind accepts the dream as its reality, like slipping into a coma.
When you wake up in Limbo you don’t remember that there is such a thing as a “real world” – as in any dream, you wake up in the middle of  a scene and simply accept it for what it is. Breaking yourself out of this cycle is extremely difficult, which is why Cobb and his wife Mal were trapped in Limbo for what seemed like decades.
Time is the other factor. The deeper you go into a dream state, the faster your mind is able to imagine and perceive things within that dream state. We’re told the increase is exponential, so going deeper into dreams turns minutes into hours, into days, into years. This is why Cobb and his team are able to pull off the Fischer job while the van is still falling through the air, before the soldiers break into the snow fortress, before Arthur rigs the elevator, and all within the span of a flight from Sydney Australia to LA.
In Limbo, the mind works so fast that actual minutes can be interpreted as years gone by. When Saito “dies” from the gunshot wound he received on level 1 of the dream, his mind falls into Limbo, and Saito remains there for the minutes it takes Cobb and Ariadne (Ellen Page) to follow him into Limbo – those minutes in one dream state feel like decades to Saito in his Limbo state.  By the time Cobb deals with expelling Mal’s “shadow” from his subconscious, Saito has begun to perceive himself as an old man.
Mal’s shadow stabs Cobb during the film’s climax, which throws Cobb back out into Limbo and onto the shores of Saito’s limbo house. When Cobb has to “wake” again in Limbo, his mind is muddled just like old man Saito’s brain. Through Saito’s memory of Cobb’s totem and some shared dialogue that included key trigger phrases – “Leap of faith,” “Old man full of regret, waiting to die alone,” etc. – Cobb and Saito are able to remember the meaningful conversations they had and that there is a reality they existed in before Limbo, where both of them had deep desires still waiting to be fulfilled (Cobb and his kids, Saito and his business). Once they remember that limbo is limbo,  they are able to wake themselves up (likely with a gunshot to the head).

The Players

The Extractor – The extractor is a master con man, a person who knows how to manipulate a dreaming mark into revealing their deepest mental secrets. At heart, an extractor is a classic con man – he creates a false set of circumstances that manipulate the mark into revealing his secrets. Cobb (Leo DiCaprio) uses the same type of con man repertoire as George Clooney in Oceans 11 – only Cobb knows how to literally do his work on a subconscious level. Fancy premise aside though, the extractor (as I said) is basically your classic con man.
The Architect – The architect is the designer of the dream constructs into which an extractor brings a “mark.” Think of an architect as a video game designer, except in this case they create the “levels” within a dream, complete with all the aesthetic and tactile details. The mark (also known as “the subject”) is brought into that dream construct and fills it with details from their own subconscious and memories, which convince the mark that the dream the architect built is real – or at the very least, is the mark’s own dream.
The architect can manipulate real world architecture and physics in order to create paradoxes like an endless staircase, which makes the dream world function as a sort of maze. The dream is constructed as a maze so that A) The mark doesn’t reach the edge of the maze, realizing that they are in an imaginary place. B) So the mark runs the maze, leading the extractor toward “the cheese” – i.e.,  mental secrets the mark is protecting.
The Dreamer – The architect and the dreamer are not always the same person. The architect designs the dream world/maze and can then teach that maze to a separate dreamer. The dreamer is the person whose mind actually houses the dream and it is the dreamer’s mind that the subject/mark is ultimately brought into in order to to be conned by the extractor. The dreamer allows the mark to fill their mind with the mark’s subconscious, and unless the dreamer maintains the stability of the dream, the mark’s subconscious will realize it’s been invaded by foreign mind(s) and will try to locate and eliminate the dreamer to free itself.
When you start getting into the whole dream within a dream aspect of the movie, identifying the dreamer can be tricky – this is especially true when Cobb and his team start running their con on Fischer using three separate levels of dreaming. Once the tri-level dream sequence starts, one good way to keep track of the dreamers is by noticing which team member stays awake and doesn’t follow the team down to the next level of dreaming – a dreamer can’t enter a lower dream state, otherwise their level of the dream would end.
Here’s a rundown of who is actually dreaming each level of the Fischer con:
  1. The rainy city – Yusuf the chemist (Dileep Rao) is dreaming this level. Yusuf is drinking a lot of champagne in the “real world” on the plane, so when he goes to sleep he has to pee (hence the rainfall). Since Yusuf is the dreamer of level 1, he has to stay in that level of the dream, hence why he has to drive the van.
  2. The hotel – Arthur (Joseph Gordon Levitt) dreams the hotel, which is why he has to stay awake when the rest of the team goes down to the snow level. When the van Yusuf is driving goes off the bridge and is flying through the air, Aurthur’s “body” is suspended in air, which is why gravity in the hotel level of the dream goes haywire – as the dreamer’s body is shifted and moved, it effects the physics of the dream he’s dreaming, since the mind (and inner-ear) is registering the change in gravity.
  3. The snow fortress – Eames the “forger” (Tom hardy) is dreaming this level of the dream. A question has been raised about why the gravity in the snow world doesn’t go haywire when Eames’ body starts floating in the zero-gravity hotel. Well, you could say that Eames’ body isn’t being shook up or shifted in any way his mind (or inner-ear) would actively register or that being so deep in a dream state cushioned Eames from the effect of gravity. Or, you could say that it’s a glaring plot hole. Truthfully, it’s questionable.
  4. Limbo – Limbo is actually unconstructed  dream space – a place of raw (and random) subconscious impulse. Ariadne drops a line early on about the fact that the extractor team can bring elements of their own subconscious into the dream levels if they’re not careful, and since Cobb has spent time in Limbo and has a raging subconscious, the Limbo space they enter includes his memory of the city he and Mal built for themselves.
If you’re more of a visual person, Cinema Blend has put together a handy graphic detailing the different levels featured in Inception:
The Mark – The mark (Cillain Murphy) is the person who the extractor and his team are trying to con. The mark is brought into the mind of the dreamer, and since the mark is unaware that he/she is dreaming, they perceive the dreamer’s world as real while simultaneously making it feel real to themselves by filling it with details and secrets from their own subconscious. The extractor uses those details and various mental prompts  to steer the mark through the dream world maze, towards the mental secrets the extractor wants to steal.
As stated, the mark thinks he is still awake, perceives the dream world as real and reinforces that notion by “projecting” his conscious view of the world onto the dream – this is why projection people populate the dream cities, etc. Because of the extractor’s manipulations, the mark goes along with the faux reality of dream, ultimately reaching the point where they either realize it’s a dream, or open their mind and reveal their secrets.
Projections – Dreams feel real to us when we’re dreaming and part of the reason for that is our mind’s ability to construct  a faux real-world setting for us to interact with in dreams. Often, that dream is something like a city or any populated area which has other people walking around it.  in Inception, those people that the unknowing mark populates the dream world with are known as “projections.”
As is explained in the film, projections are not part of the mark’s mind – they are manifestations of the mark’s vision of reality. If a mark has been trained to defend themselves against extractors, they have a part of their subconscious which is always on guard against mind-crime in the form of militarized security which attack mind invaders. In Cobb’s case, Mal (“the shade”) is a projection based on his need to remember his dead wife. Mal wanted Cobb back in limbo – his own subconscious trying to pull him back to a place where he could “be with her.”
The Forger – As in “forgery,” Eames (Tom Hardy) is a master of imitating people’s handwriting, mannerisms – and in the dream world, even their very appearance.  This is key to Cobb’s plan: on dream level 1 (the rainy city) Eames impersonates Peter Browning (Tom Berenger), Robert Fischer’s closest advisor.
Using Browning’s image, Eames subtly suggests things to Fischer that fools Fischer into creating his own subconscious version of Browning (seen in dream level 2, the hotel). The version of Browning Fischer conjures in his subconscious motivates him to run deeper into Cobb’s maze (dream level 3, the snow fortress) in order to find “the cheese” – i.e., the inception of the idea Saito wanted Cobb to plant. Basically, the Forger fools Fischer into using his own subconscious projections against himself.
Mal (and her shadow) – Mal is the character who acts as a vessel for all the more complex notions and questions about reality the film raises. Mal not only thought but felt that the world she and Cobb had built in limbo was real – it fed her emotionally and made her happy. When Cobb planted the idea that “Your world is not real” in her mind, he only meant for it to wake her from limbo. Instead, what he actually did by allowing that idea to take root in her mind was to destroy that sense of fulfillment and connection she once had – and once it was destroyed, it couldn’t be repaired.
Even with her husband and children all back together, Mal couldn’t access that emotional reality that comes with the bond of love and connection to our love ones. Because of inception, Mal couldn’t value love or connection the same way because a fake reality only offered fake connections and emotions – only she and Cobb and their love was real to her anymore. She needed to keep trying to reach some higher state where the nagging doubt would be cured and she could be happy again. And so, thinking Cobb lost in a faux reality, she arranged the hotel suicide and murder implication in order to force Cobb to follow her. The idea Cobb implanted in her led her to her death (seemingly), and the guilt of that act led Cobb to create a shadow of her in his subconscious.
At the climax of the film, Mal throws deep questions at Cobb (and the audience) asking if having faceless corporations chase somebody around isn’t yet another dream state. She questions the very nature of reality for all of us and certainly whether or not the faux reality of film isn’t its own sort of dream state – a place where fantastic things occur – an imagined place we as movie goers share and perceive differently and fill with our own subconscious views and interpretations. Pretty deep meta-thinking stuff.
Well, as an answer Mr. Nolan, I can say: only when a movie like Inception comes around to light that sort of spark in our minds. Seeing Clash of the Titans was nearly a thought-provoking, fun or worthwhile. 

The Ending

There are a ton of theories being tossed around the Internet about the ending of Inception, the two biggest debates being whether Cobb was still in a dream or did he in fact return to his children in the “real world.”
The ending of Inception is meant to leave you thinking and questioning the nature of reality. The important question is not “Is Cobb still dreaming?” – What is important is the fact that the character of Cobb goes from being a guy who is obsessed with “knowing what’s real” to ultimately being a person who stops questioning and accepts what makes him truly happy as what’s real.
But people want more concrete answers than that, so here you go:
After two viewings I can tell you that from the moment that Cobb and Saito (seem to) wake up from limbo, Nolan very purposefully shifts the film into an ambiguous state that leaves it somewhat open to the viewer’s perception and interpretation of that perception – two big themes of the movie, coincidentally enough.
From the moment Cobb and Saito wake, there is no more dialogue between the characters and few shots or images that would concretely explain or prove one interpretation. Is Cobb still dreaming and his team and family (and maybe Saito) are all projections? Or is it the job completed, everyone is back in reality and everything is happily ever after? There are a few pieces of “evidence” that we can certainly address:
  • Was Saito truly powerful enough to make one phone call and end Cobb’s problems or was that just Cobb in limbo projecting his subconscious wish to go home? You can argue logistics all you want, but if it’s said that Saito is a powerful and wealthy man (he bought a whole airline on a whim), then there’s reason enough to infer that he could bend the legal system for Cobb. Rich powerful people bend laws all the time.
  • Is there something up with that immigration agent or is he just an immigration agent?After two viewings, the conclusion should be that the immigration guy is just a guy. If he’s staring at Cobb, it’s because his job is to look people over and scrutinize them. Would you want immigration letting people through without face-to-face scrutiny?
  • Did Cobb’s father (Michael Caine) arrange to meet him at the airport or is he there because he’s Cobb’s projection? At this point we’re reading way too much into things. There is a phone on the plane, so Cobb could’ve easily arranged for pickup. This was also an intricate plan they were hatching, so arranging for airport pickup would probably be on the to-do list.
  • In early dream scenes Cobb is wearing a wedding band that doesn’t appear in the “real world” scenes or the end scenes in the airport – does that mean the ending is “reality?” Details like that are certainly strong evidence that there is a real world and that Cobb does live in it at times – such as when he isn’t wearing a wedding band.
  • Does the fact that Cobb uses Mal’s totem mean it doesn’t work as a totem and therefore he never knows if he’s in reality or not? Again, we’re reading a little too deep into things. The only people who know the weight and feel of that totem are Mal and Cobb, and since Mal is dead, Cobb is the only one left who knows the totem’s tactile details. So yes, he could certainly use it as a measure of reality, the totem was not “ruined” by him using it.
  • At the end, Cobb’s kids seem to be the same age and are seemingly wearing the same clothes as they were in his memory of them – is it “proof” he’s still dreaming?As carefully documented by our own Vic Holtreman, at the end of the film Cobb’s kids are wearing similar outfits to the ones he remembers, but their shoes are different. As for their ages: if you check IMDB, there are actually two set of actors credited with playing Cobb’s kids. The daughter, Phillipa, is credited as being both 3 and 5 years old, while the son, James, is credited as being both 20 months and 3 years old. This suggests that while it might be subtle, there is a difference between the kids in Cobb’s memories and the kids Cobb comes home to. That would suggest the homecoming is in fact “reality.” But feel free to debate that.
  • Will the spinning top keep spinning or was it about to fall over just before Nolan cut to black? Sorry, we will never know for sure, although it does start to wobble and it is never shown doing that in the dream world. Each of us will take away a guess – kind of the point of that final shot.
At the beginning of the film, after the first job Cobb’s team tries to pull on Saito, we see Cobb sitting in his hotel room alone, spinning the top and watching it intently, gun in hand. This is a guy who is ready to blow his brains out if the top keeps spinning, in order to “wake himself up.” That’s how obsessed and paranoid he’s become.
Throughout the film, Cobb continues to obsess about spinning the top and verifying reality – however, at the end of movie, he spins the top and walks away from it before he can verify if it stops spinning or not. His kids come running in and Cobb couldn’t care less about about the top or “true reality” or extraction/inception anymore. He just wants to be with his children, in whatever place he can be with them. That emotional connection and desire is “reality” enough for him.
In the end, Cobb walking away from the top is a statement in itself that also completes the arc of his character. In a way, the movie is its own maze designed to plant a simple little idea in the viewer’s mind: “reality” is a relative concept.


  1. Nellie Thao
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 5
    I think the top fell because it sound like it was wobbling before they cut the scene. I don't think a top would be able to pick up speed if it was already going to fall. Also I feel like Cobb did wake up because he was finally able to see his kid's faces. I think he was able to get out of limbo with Saito because they shot each other in the head which he had a gun with him. I think Cobb and Saito didn't wake up like the other in the other level of dream states was because they were in limbo before the kick. They were also most likely able to shot themselves and getting out of limbo without feeling any pain like before. An example of that was Cobb and Mal killing themselves with the train to get out of limbo.
    A theory from one of the link is that Cobb and Saito escape by shooting each other in the head. They remember that they were in limbo by their conversation earlier about a leap of faith and an old man dying alone. My theory and the online theory is the same were we both agree that Cobb woke up to reality.

  2. Joy Collins
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction hour 5
    29 September 2018

    In the cut scene in Inception I think the top fell because of the wobble sound it made. To conclude that Cobb was able to look his kids in the face and confront Mal and his guilt towards the end of the film. I also think that Cobb and the others completed the mission dealing with Fischer because Cobb saved James from Mal and got Saito out limbo. Therefore Saito was able to make the call and Cobb went back home to his kids.

  3. Ilsa Strelow
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction-7
    30 September 2018

    My theory is that the top did fall over at the end of the film. The closing shot showed that the top started to shake which indicated to me that it did in fact fall. I also think that the last scene was reality because after watching the movie for a second time, I noticed that when Cobb was dreaming his wedding ring was still on, but when he was in reality he wasn't wearing his ring; in the ending scene Cobb wasn't wearing a ring which tells me that it was reality. A theory I found (from says the same thing I mentioned: the ending was reality. The writer of the article brought up the fact that Cobb's father in law was also a totem for Cobb. He was the one who wanted Cobb to come back to reality and was there at the end to take Cobb back to the reality he wanted: reuniting and staying with his children. Both the article and my opinion say that Cobb made it back to his children in real life, but it doesn't matter because Cobb was happy and didn't care if it was real or not.

  4. Kalel Veasey
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction- Hour 5
    1 October 2019

    I think the top fell because Michael Caine was in the scene, it wasn't a dream. In his dreams he wasn't able to see his kids' faces. When he woke up from his dreams he was on the plane where he went to sleep, which means he should be woke. I think that Cobb and Saito shot each other because Saito had a gun on the table in the palace

  5. Cliffton Irving


    Modern Fiction


    I think the spinning top represents the line between Cobb's reality and the real world. At the end of the movie where we seen the top still spinning it brought me to think that he still dreaming even though he seen his children faces at the end i still believe that he is dreaming. In order for him to move on with the other dream he had to let his wife go in order to see his kids faces. I agree with the article that was posted on Hal Phillips we never once seen reality, throughout the whole entire movie they were in a dream.

  6. LaKayla Nelson

    Modern Fiction 7th

    Mr. Scheuer

    1st October 2018

    When the top kept spinning, that meant that Cobb was stuck in a dream. I felt that Cobb wanted to be stuck in the dream because he could still see his family. Other people think that Cobb’s ring is his totem in the dream because he is seen wearing the ring in a dream but not in real life.

  7. Kaijon Wright
    Modern Fiction -7th hr
    In the movie inception there was alot of details and controversy that left people confused on what to believe or stuck with alot of opinions. Near the end of the movie Cobb and Saito were in limbo and there is really no escape so they used there friends to help kill them so they could get them out. The problem is that limbo is so similar to reality we dont know if there in limbo or reality when they die in limbo and wake up. At the end they wake up on the plane to L.A, Cobb leaves his crew without saying much and goes on with his life. When he goes home he sees the allusion that he always saw in his dream but in the allusion he could never see his kids faces so he knew it was a dream also the top would never stop spinning so that was another indicator. So when he goes to the house the same thing happens but the top is spinning so we could determine if its a dream lr not the problem is the scene cut off so we never knew if the top is still spinning or not which means that we dont know if there in reality. The other theories i agreed with because they made sense and i cant prove that there wrong.

  8. Noel Williams
    Modern Fiction-Hour 7

    I think the top fell because a couple seconds before it ended it begin to wobble, so that means it was about to tip over eventually. Also Cobb was able to wake up because he went to sleep on the plane and was able to wake up from it, also he was able to see his kids face from the exact moment they was in the grass playing. I think Cobb and Saito didn't wake up like the other in the other level of dream states, also most likely able to shoot themselves and getting out of limbo without feeling any pain. My theory and the online theory agreed that Cobb is back in reality because of his kids was able to turn around and even though they was wearing the same clothes from his memory they have on different shoes for reality.

  9. Jaelin Dixon-Hall
    Modern Fiction 7
    6 September 2018

    After watching the movie Inception, I began to wonder about its ending it if it was reality or not. Throughout the movie I sort had an idea how the movie would end, and my surprise that I was very close to the actual ending. This still made me a little upset maybe because Iam not used to watching movies with such an “Hey, audience it's up to your interpretation on what happens.” I was expecting much more from the ending, more of an interpretation of what happened. Multiple theories clouded my mind on could happened, but at the end of the day it just matters Cobb is happy.

    One of my theories from the very beginning was that Cobb was dreaming but I eliminated that after certain evidences countered that theory. Another was that for the ending he could still be dreaming or stuck in Limbo. Which can be true because we never do see the Cobb’s totem stop spinning for keep spinning. I want to believe that he was in the real world, reality. They woke up on the plane which Saito bought just to do the job. After they get off, go their own ways because there is no real reason for them to ever talk again. Cobb isn’t wearing his wedding band because he got over his past problem with Mal and is ready to move on to reality.
    I agree with ScreenRant on the ending, with Cobb being back in reality. It makes the most sense with the evidence the site presents.

  10. jasmine Bell
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction ( 7th hour)
    1 October 2018

    I think that in the end,the totum didn't stop spinning because Cobb went back into limbo.I believe that Cobb went back into limbo because when the van crashed into the water everyone had woke up except for Cobb. That is a form of a "kick" and he missed his opportunity to leave because he went into limbo to get Saito. His memories of his family continued to interfere with the inception. Mal, his deceased wife, constantly challenged the inceptions. After he finally destroyed the memories of her he was able to see his son and daughter, which he could never do.In my opinion, you can never get rid of something from your mind, especially something of such importance like Mal was to Cobb. Getting rid of Mal and being with his family was his desire or dream, and that became his new reality. Cobb was happy and at peace with the situation. He was where he wanted to be so he walked away before he could determine his reality from a dream.My theory is similar to the link above when I say that Cobb went back into limbo, but contrasts because the website believes that he woke up to reality.

  11. Elijah Story
    Modern fiction-hr 7

    i think the top fell because it was wobbling before they cut the camera away from the top. I notice that he finally woke up because he finally got to see his kids faces but throughout the film u couldn't. i noticed how they escaped limbo because Saito and Cobb shot each other in the head.
    One of the theory in the link talked about the escape plan with Saito and Cobb how in order to get out of limbo and finally wake up they had to shoot each other in the head and it kept explaining what they had to go threw and what they needed to do and how to do it.

  12. Demetri Rodgers
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 7th

    Film fools 3
    Personally, I think that the top fell as well as the person explaining. At the very end of the movie it shows that the top is still spinning but it begins to stop and, in a dream, it wouldn’t do that. I believe that that was supposed to add a little suspense and have us questioning but, in the movie, he clearly states that the top doesn’t stop pinning at all in a dream. The last scene also shows that they have been in limbo for such a long time they finally came to the realization that they were there, and they killed each other, which wakes you up. Lastly, I know it wasn’t a dream because he was able to see his kids face, this is something he couldn’t do in a dream.

  13. Prae Meh
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction- Hour 7
    01 October 2018

    I think the top fall. It keeps spinning and spinning toward the edge of the table and fall off. Then Cobb came back to reality. At the end of “inception” Cobb finally returns home to his kids after spending a long time in the dream world. This shows the reality. The movie explains if the top keeps spinning, that means Cobb is in a dream and if it stops and falls over, that means he is back in reality. According to the movie, it does prove Cobb came back to reality while the top isn´t spinning, but a movie shows a poor ending. When Cobb sees his kids his top keeps spinning which means Cobb never come back to reality yet and still in a dream. Just like one of the online theory is that some of the character isn’t doing their job. Example like a con man, it doesn’t really capture the scope of his job. I would say my answer is the best answer to this movie theory because a movie itself has a poor ending.

  14. Javeon Tolliver
    Modern Fiction Hour 6
    1 October 2018

    After watching the movie Inception i come up with the theory that Cobb wasn't sleeping or dreaming but that it was an inception performed. i believe all of the things happening in the film was put in Cobb's life so that he can get back to his children. I seen a theory that said "We will never see reality", I disagree because the whole time in Inception its showing us the reality of people not being able to see their children when they want to and the separation. This theory was the best because it was firm and made a point in twhat i had to say.

  15. Don Taylor
    Modern fiction- 5th hour
    I think the spinning top fell because it sound like it was wobbling before the movie was over. A top wouldnt be able to pick up speed but only decrease speed slowly and eventually fall. I feel that Cobb did wake up because he was finally able to see his kid's faces. I think Cobb and Saito didn't wake up because they were in limbo before the kick. They're also most likely able to shot themselves and getting out of limbo without feeling any pain unlike the other time. An example is when Cobb and Mal killing themselves with the train to get out of limbo. A theory from one of the link is that Cobb and Saito escape by shooting each other in the head. My theory and the online theory is the same because we both agree that Cobb woke up to reality.

  16. Savion Durant
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern fiction(hour 7)
    1 Oct 2018

    My theory is that the top fell at the end of the film. The way the plot was structured it gave many ideas on what could have happened at the end. When the movie started it was in a dream. The movie was centered on the idea of inception. In other words Cobb's idea if inception cause him to he in it himself. Throughout the film he was in someone's dream. The top was symbolized as if he was in reality or in a dream by if it stopped spinning or not. By the way the director stopped the film it causes me to think he was always in a dream that he couldn't get out of.

  17. Johnessa Luckett


    Modern fiction-5th hr

    well towards the end of the film the top was slowing down hinting that the top was going to fall down and then you suddenly hear the top speed back up again, how is that possible unless the top fell first and someone spins it again. That being said Cobb was finally in reality because he was able to see his children faces meaning his guilt of Mal was finished, there were so many levels of dreams Cobb had to go through to escape limbo one for example when he had to remind Mal that they died happy together when they were laying on the train tracks. and when Cobb had shot Author in the head to wake his up that was one of the kicks of waking up within a dream. so i can agree on the online theory because both had many similar statements to how Cobb faced reality.

  18. LaNiya Clark

    Mr. Scheuer

    Modern Fiction 7

    1 October 2018

    The idea of the top was Cobbs manipulating his wife into thinking their dream was reality. It was emotionally attached to Cobbs. I think Cobbs never wanted to get out once Mal told him he could see his kids and he let go of her he finally got to see them. He claims that the main reason he wanted to go was to get to his kids and he realized if he does go back their relationship would be different because they grew up and just wanted to see them as he remembered in his memories. Mal wasn’t the only one holding him back. At the end limbo became his reality like Mal and that’s why we finally saw the kids' faces because he accepted the fact this is now his reality and he could finally be with his ‘‘kids’’. Others think that they were in Cobbs inception the whole time and it was a dream. I disagree because Cobbs said if the top keep spinning your still in a dream, but it had fell when he was showing Adaline. I do agree is that is a way for him to move on from mal. Going through somebody else inception made him realize to forgive himself for Mal’s death and let go.

  19. DJimon Graves

    Mr. Scheuer


    Hour 7th – Modern Fiction

    After seeing the movie Inception I can conclude that Cobb was not sleeping / dreaming and that the whole thing was an inception being performed. I think this was all steps and obstacles put in Cobb’s life in order to get back to his kids. As I read a theory, somebody said we never see reality and I disagree strongly with that statement, I believe the whole movie is showing us viewers the reality of people being separated from their children. Also, the theory presents the thought of the team belonging to Ariadne but I disagree because she couldn’t create the team and she’s not trained at all to be a leader, she contains the advice trait but she can’t lead a team on her own. Although I’m contradicting from this article, it had a lot of strong point which made me think. So I believe this is the best theory.

  20. Ravne Owens

    Mr. Scheuer

    Modern Fiction – Hour 7

    1 October 2018

    I believe that the top did fall because at the end of the movie, before it cut to black, the top began to wobble. If the top were to continue to spin without wobbling, this would have given off the fact that Cobb is still dreaming. Anytime that Cobb is in a dream, he has his wedding ring on but in the final scene, it’s gone which could also signify that Cobb is back in reality. Another reason why I think that Cobb is possibly back in reality is because the way that dreams/ inception works. There’s no way that Cobb would have ended up back on the plane with the others at the end of the movie without finding a way to “kill” himself in all the dreams leading up to that point. There is a link to an article that says that Cobb’s father arranging to meet up with him at the airport was just a projection but it was proven to be false because Cobb had a phone with him while on the plane which means that at some point, there was a phone call made with him to be picked up from the airport. The article also states that although Cobb’s children are wearing the same clothes once he sees them again at the end of the movie, Cobb is actually back in reality because there is still a difference between the kids in Cobb’s dreams and the ones he met back up with in the final scene of the movie.

  21. DaeQuan.Bailey
    Modeern Fiction 4th
    I believe the top fall at the end of the movie because he saw his children look at him for the first time that he came back to America. We saw it beginning to slow down a little so that is saying that the top was going to stop.

  22. Devon Buchnanan

    Mr. Scheuer

    Modern Fiction – Hour 5

    1 October 2018

    My theory is that Cobb is awake and finally made it back to his kids.IN the movie Cobb has his ring on when he is in a dream but in reality his does not where it and in the finally scene he does not have it own.The finally scene in the movie was nothing more but a inception it was there to make you ask question.The fact that Cobb was able to look at his kids in there face mean he is home. One theory was that It all dream to help Cobb get over Mal i strongly disagree because Cobb at ant point of time was ready to blow his own brains out any time to get back to the real world.


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