Eight years ago Inception came out, and most of us haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep since.
The mind-twisting plot revolves around Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Cobb, as he struggles to discern reality from dreams (there’s way more to it).
The film ends with Michael Caine, who plays Cobb’s father-in-law, picking up Cobb from the airport. From there, Cobb goes home to see his children. In an attempt to see if he is dreaming or not, he spins a top. Throughout the film, the top spins infinitely when he is dreaming. Cobb hears his children and goes off-screen as we see the top appear to falter. The film ends before we know the truth.
Director Christopher Nolan has always insisted on keeping the ending ambiguous.
The way the end of that film worked, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Cobb — he was off with his kids, he was in his own subjective reality. He didn’t really care anymore, and that makes a statement: perhaps, all levels of reality are valid.
But Michael Caine recently claimed otherwise.
Caine said he, too, had trouble differentiating between dream and reality when reading the script.
When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it, and I said to [Nolan], ‘I don’t understand where the dream is.’ I said, ‘When is it the dream and when is it reality?’
Well, when you’re in the scene it’s reality.
Just to clarify, according to Michael Caine, if he (Michael Caine) was in the scene, the scene took place in reality.
This is so validating.
I always knew pic.twitter.com/QCzNDgaPJn
— Make Bangu Great Again (@yurimariano48) August 16, 2018
I believe the evidence of it being a reality has always stronger. It's nice to finally have some sort of confirmation, though.
— (@ShavedSheev_) August 13, 2018
Omfg i always used him to say it was not a dream i feel so validated rn
— brazilian legend kylo ren l ️ (@peterrstark) August 13, 2018
I KNEW IT! LEO WAS IN REALITY THE WHOLE TIME! BIGGEST MYSTERY OF HUMANITY SOLVED! https://t.co/hp9IO9jskd
— Garrett Dreiling (@iGarrettd) August 15, 2018
On behalf of Christopher Nolan aficionados: we been knew. ♂️
— John Sant (@JohnSant87) August 11, 2018
Yet some people remain skeptical.
So it's not a dream????
— Michael (@WinterJolt) August 13, 2018
but how? , his spinner didn't spin/balance the way it's used too whe he's not in a dream…which meant he's on someone elses dream.. mybe lost track of what's real ..but on the point of him not being in a dream, seems false
— MARSHALL #RehireJamesGunn (@gerrard7697) August 15, 2018
@themichaelcaine Not so fast..its just reality for that character who is in the scene. As an actor you gotta approach them all as reality. The ending is open ended. #Inception Reality is just the dream we choose to believe.
— Charles Wieand (@CharlesWieand) August 14, 2018
Michael Caine cant confirm shit. Unless Chris said it, it dont mean nothin
— Nem: The Infinity Watcher (@NemRaps) August 15, 2018
There is another mind blowing theory that the entire story is happening in Caine’s dream because he wants to wake up Leo from his dream…it is like one more level of dream that we didn’t know we wanted
— Hemanth Kumar C R (@crhemanth) August 16, 2018
That’s wrong. What Nolan said is that Caine’s scenes are always reality, but Nolan said nothing about scenes without Caine.
— mt bom (@magaiverson) August 15, 2018
It’s time to re-watch the movie with this in mind!