THE END OF “INCEPTION” WAS NOT A DREAM
MICHAEL CAINE REVEALS THE MOST LOGICAL ENDING TO INCEPTION
Inception still holds up to this day as a brilliant showcase in using writing to bend the reality in a film. Keep in mind that Inception uses the bare minimum to alter reality and suspend belief, while most films simply use magic or all-powerful beings. And if anything really makes the film stand out in your head, it’s the ever constant debate over the film’s ending.
Now this is simply the opinion of one of the film’s stars, but all the actors were led by director Christopher Nolan so it may hold truer than your opinion. When Caine (who plays the father of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character) was given the script, Nolan gave him some direction on how to act his scenes:
“When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it, and I said to him, ‘I don’t understand where the dream is. I said, ‘When is it the dream and when is it reality?’ He said, ‘Well, when you’re in the scene it’s reality.’ So, get that — if I’m in it, it’s reality. If I’m not in it, it’s a dream.”
In case you forgot, or never saw the film, Inception ends with Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) returning to his home with his father Professor Miles (Michael Caine). Upon arriving home, Cobb sees his children in the garden and decides to spin his totem top before running out to join his children. Based on the direction Caine was given, it looks likes the debate is over. Caine appears in the final scene, so the end of the film is the actual real world the characters live in.
Granted that could just be what Christopher Nolan wants you to think.