The Debate Over What Really Happened At The End Of ‘Inception’ Was Just Put To Rest Thanks To Michael Caine

Eight years ago Inception came out, and most of us haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep since.

The film grossed over $828 million and received numerous nominations and awards.

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?’

Nolan replied:

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. 

Yet some people remain skeptical. 

It’s time to re-watch the movie with this in mind!

H/T: Time, Comicbook