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Inception Ending

SixOkay – Inception, The Greatest Trick Nolan Ever Pulled

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“…Dom Cobb is an interesting choice for a character’s name. Dom means Lord. Cobb means supplanter. Lord Supplanter? That sounds like a pseudonym for Satan to me. But one interesting name does not constitute a pattern, so I kept looking. Do the other names seem to tell us something about the nature and function of […]

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SeattleWriter – INCEPTION: THE CLUE ABOUT THE ENDING I SEE NO DISCUSSION OF

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“…When they are talking about inception as a concept and how to make the idea seem organic. There is specific discussion about the seed being very subtle. Was there a single part of the entire “Fischer three layer dream” that was subtle? No! Deep in the dream, dying dad on the ”holodeck” was not subtle. […]

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Gamewatcher – The meaning of Inception

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“…So I went back to my first interpretation, but – again – I still wasn’t sure why Cobb would choose the dream world beyond the idea of wanting to reconcile with his wife. And then it hit me as I was driving home from my second viewing of Inception. THE 50 YEARS WITH HIS WIFE […]

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Empire – Christopher Nolan made our minds the scene of the crime

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Theory 1: “The name ‘Cobol Engineering’…is a giveaway that the whole plot’s a subconscious fabrication…”
Theory 2: “Not only is the whole thing Cobb’s dream, but Miles, the Michael Caine character, is the architect…”
Theory 3: “It’s not important whether or not the spinning top falls at the end…”
Theory 4: “Inception is a Catholic allegory about Cobb resisting the ‘sin’ of suicide…”
Theory 5: “Inception is inspired by the Scrooge McDuck story…”

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Metaphilm – Meaning is where you make it

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L5 = deconstruction/ metanarrative. “…The final level down, Limbo. This is Jung’s collective unconscious—the area where archetypes spring from. The very edge of coherent thought. A kind of Solaris—ocean-mind metaphor is definitely at work here, as Saito and Cobb preserve what is left of their ‘self-identity’ in a world that is otherwise extant but completely […]

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IMDb – The Spiritual/Metaphysical Explanation

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“From a spiritual perspective there is a different reading again. This movie is one with a profound spiritual idea at its heart, for those interested – just as with ‘The Matrix’, and Guy Ritchie’s ‘Revolver’. In ‘Inception’, Nolan seems to be using the metaphysics given in ‘A Course In Miracles’, a seminal spiritual text from […]

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WriteYourScreenplay – INCEPTION: Part 6 Is Leonardo DiCaprio Dreaming?

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“…Is Robert Fischer The Only One Dreaming? The spinning top at the end of Inception certainly leaves us wondering if Cobb is awake or simply at another level of his own dream. The question doesn’t have a clear answer, however the evidence that Cobb may in fact be dreaming goes far beyond the last image of […]

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PsychologyToday – Inception Part III: A Filmmaker Disguised As a Psychologist

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“…Ever the psychologist, Nolan loosely borrows from each of the top, contemporary theories so that he can construct a dream world that is as “real” as possible. The contemporary theory of dreams most central to Nolan’s plot posits that dreams serve a therapeutic function. According to this theory dreams are the cognitive echoes of efforts to […]

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MindHacks – The labyrinth of Inception

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“When you have a hammer, everything can look like a nail and people have been banging the shit out of Inception. The sci-fi movie of the year has attracted numerous ‘neuroscience of Inception’ reviews despite the fact that the film has little to say about the brain and is clearly more inspired by the psychological theories of Carl […]

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ToryTattler – Inception Theory

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“…I believe it tells us that this is Cobb’s story. He is the only multidimensional character, capable of understanding the complex layers of the human psyche. The other characters are mostly one dimensional, and play specific functions within his heroic journey. But what exactly is Cobb’s story? What is Cobb’s journey? What is the point […]

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