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Inception theorizing

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LJ cut for those who haven't seen the movie and don't wish to be spoiled.

I've got a theory,

SO. My thought.
Cobb is definitely in a dream. His wife isn't there anymore- whether she's deceased or not is an academic question. If Cobb's in a dream, the question of the top falling over or not just after the camera cuts away becomes irrelevant-- because the only way we know that the top will fall over in reality is because one character in a dream mentions it to another.

The various members of the inception team, I have two thoughts. Either A: they're all aspects of Cobb's psyche (Joseph Gordon-Levitt as superego- which is why he and the awfully id-like Tom Hardy clash so... Ariadne as anima)- possibly excepting Saito, who would be the dreamthief who's coming to extract Cobb.
Or B: they're a team who've found their way down deep enough to snag Cobb's attention.

One thing that makes me think it's a dream, as well- notice how the closest Cobb comes to being harmed at any point is being washed up on a beach? Everybody else on the team gets the crap kicked out of them, and at least one dies (maybe two, if the Cillian Murphy character is a part of this extraction team). But Cobb? Completely unharmed, completely ignored by the projections in all 3 levels, despite his apparent intrusion.

It was an interesting film- I hope to stop mulling it around at some point in the near future.
  • Actually, I checked for that the second time I saw it. They actually are different kids. The full cast and credits lists "Phillipa (3 years)" and "Phillipa (5 years)", along with "James (20 months)" and "James (3 years)".

    The house being the same is completely natural; whoever's taking care of them in Cobb's absence (Michael Caine's wife, perhaps?) has no strong reason to sell the house and move away, and a decent reason to keep the kids there for some small sense of continuity and stability in their lives.

    • My suspicion is that the older actors are only used for the telephone call (i.e. audio only).
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