“Early in the movie, Saito had offered Cob a choice and urged him to “take a leap of faith” .
Later, when Cob meets the aged Saito in his limbo, it was time for Cob to remind Saito of the idea planted inside him. “..take a leap of faith. let us return back as young men together”.
Mal too is seen prodding Cob “to take the leap of faith”. “how long would you continue to be hunted down by corporates and international security agencies? Take your leap of faith and stay with me. This is reality”
Elsewhere in his dream, he once took a similar leap, by anchoring himself to Mal (or rather to the chair she was seated in) with not so convincing results.
Standing between two mirrors, it is indeed difficult to differentiate between the multiple reflections. Once the barrier between the images is broken (as was done by the architect, Ariadne) it becomes easier to connect and walk through the multiple levels of dreams, as if in a single continuous walkway.
By the end of the 10 hour journey (a giant leap?) Cob is ready to ‘face ‘ his kids. The single obstacle that stood between him and his kids – guilt- has been dealt with!
Fisher tries to ‘plant’ the idea – that which connects him to his father- as a framed photograph by his father’s death bed. And laments that his father fails to notice it.
But in another dream, in another space , his father had placed the wheel to be discovered later by his son.
All other totems lose their significance. The top continues to spin or does it wobble?
Does it matter?
Dream and Reality
Like in any other dream, you never knew when the movie itself started. Thats because there were no opening credits at all. You just find yourself in the middle of the movie. You never (you dont have to) know where it began and where it ends….”
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