Surely this movie is another brilliant piece by Christopher Nolan. You can take it in so many different directions and really enjoy each one as a separate experience.
In this article, I will explain what I personally took away from the movie, how I reached my conclusions, and hopefully find out if anyone out there shared this "dream" as well.
To skip the build-up and reveal my answers and the Moral of the Story click here..
The movie is a paradox maze embedded in a multi-level dream...dreams within dreams.
An expert Extractor is hired to execute corporate espionage by stealing and planting ideas through multi-level dreams and shared dreaming technology, a concept called Inception. The deal is, that if the Extractor is successful in his mission, he will be rewarded with a way back to his home and family.
An Extractor who can perform Inception.
By digging deeper into his own sub-conscious he finds the exact combination to solving his own issues. Piece by piece, dream by dream, he saves Saito (Ken Watanabe) from Limbo, "Incepts" the idea in the millionaires mind, while letting the memory of his wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard), free, and winning his ticket back home.
Below I will list the motifs and then further elaborate on the interpretation of each one:
A combination, as in the moral of the story, represents the exact steps necessary to complete the mission and achieve success, for if even one digit in the combination is wrong, you have to start entering it all over again.
This emphasized statement is an important reference to hope, courage, and timing.
The key to identifying the clues is telling the difference between the dreamers projection, planted projections, actual characters, memories and dreams within the multi-level dream mazes. The difficulty obviously being the fact that the whole movie is one big, complicated multi-level dream maze.
Whose dream is it and how do they solve the maze to escape...
Tikkun Olam - In mystical Judaism, it is believed that souls of righteous individuals are reborn to continue the ongoing process of mending the world.
Kaballah speaks of this "tikkun" as continuous corrections within infinite reincarnations.
You may have heard the Hebrew phrase "Mazel Tov" in association with congratulations. This phrase has a second, less recognized meaning - Good Luck.
While the majority see the word for Luck, Mazal, as a word, it can also be seen as an abbreviation.
So in essence, you can create your luck by being at the right place, at the right time, and having the courage to act!
The true answer to this puzzle, is that their are no answers, only choices. As in a maze, some choices lead back to where you started, others lead to the escape. My choice is yes, the spinning top falls at the end and the Moral of the Story is achieved. The millionaire son dissolves the company. Leonardo awakes in the plane. Leonardo was in limbo through the majority of the movie. It was Leonardo's dream maze.
The Moral of the Story is: That you can escape infinite loops, paradoxes, life's rat chase, and reincarnations by identifying signs (kicks, omens), at the right time, in the right place (level, dream, dimension), and having the courage to change or act upon the things that make all the difference. In other words, you need to see opportunities and have the heart to jump on them.
- We are still stuck in the dream from the point where Leonardo first tries Yusuf's sedation in Mombasa, as he never actually got the chance to spin the top and verify that he is not dreaming.
- Every character is a projection in Leonardo's limbo and he is dreaming the whole movie. As his wife says "...because you don't know your dreaming". In which case the wife may still be alive.
- The Perception of Time – seconds become years in different dimensions and levels. Quantum Physics and SpaceTime.
- Is Saito Leonardo's projection, a planted forge, or a real Japanese business man looking to hire an extractor to perform inception on his biggest corporate competitor.
Then Leonardo is projecting him from the beginning to the end, then you must also believe that the movie does not end and the plane scene which leads to Leonardo's escape is just another level in the dream, in which case the spinning top does not fall in the end.
If Partial Projection and Planted Forge: Then at which point was he forged? The forger needed to know about Saito to forge him, so could it be right after they both enter the car - "different tail"
- Dreams and Death are related...Both are like doors to different dimensions and alternate realities. Dreams are gateways through the subconscious reality and Death is a gateway to reincarnations.
The soundtrack, is another brilliant work by Hans Zimmer, who also created the soundtrack for Gladiator, The Dark Knight, The Da Vinci Code, and much more.
In this one, Zimmer uses slow motion and hidden tunes to create the secret of the Inception Score, take a look...
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