Section 4: Introduction

No discussion on Inception would be complete without any mention of its ending. Was it a dream or reality at the end? This is the question that has been on everyone’s lips for the last few months. There is no clear and right answer to this. Nolan invites ambiguity with the film’s final shot and that is his masterstroke. There are altogether ten possible theories (not exhaustive) of the film’s ending, which I will explain and elaborate in detail, giving examples from the film itself. It is really up to you to evaluate which ones satisfy you best. For the record, I subscribe to the no-frills interpretation that Cobb is indeed back in reality with his children.


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