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Dec. 7th, 2010 | 01:02 pm

What do you think really happened at the end of the movie Inception? Have you ever had a dream that you confused with reality?

I stick by the idea that he did escape the dream. Mostly this is just because I prefer the immensely powerful message of hope it gives Cobbs story. Despite this I would have preferred a straightforward ending, even if it had been a negative one.

I think the "trick" ending was the absolute weakest part of the movie, and really, really should not have been done. The movie was amazing, beautiful and meaningful, and it didn't need any sort of "deep" questions about whether he was ultimately in  dream or reality. The emotional impact of the characters' journeys were far more powerful than the pop-philosophy silliness they tried to invoke at the end, and ultimately it sort of muted the impact that Cobb's story in particular could've had. Imagine the emotional message of his story if they made it clear that he did make it out. Imagine the emotional message of his story if they made it clear that he hadn't made it out. Either would have been more meaningful than the "is it a dream or reality" question.

 

(Default userpic hilariously on point FTW.)

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