Michael Caine Ended the Debate About the Final Scene of Inception

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For the last eight years, fans have debated the ending of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
Was it real? Was it a dream? Was it a dream within a dream? Were you just too stoned to understand the movie every time you watched it?

The film concluded with Leonardo DiCaprio finally making it home to America to see his kids. He and Michael Caine arrive at the house, where they’re greeted with a scene eerily similar to the one DiCaprio kept seeing in various dreams. Leo spins his little top and walks out to greet his children, but the top keeps spinning. It appears to start wobbling, but we never see it fall. As it’s established early in the movie, DiCaprio’s character spins the top, and knows he’s not in a dream when it falls.


It’s sort of lovely to have a blockbuster film end in such an intriguing way, and Nolan himself has always claimed that the final scene is meant to be ambiguous, but Caine, who played Cobb’s mentor and father-in-law in the flick, has casually knocked the whole thing on the head.

Speaking at a ‘Film4 Summer Screen’ showing of the movie, Caine, who played the role of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Dom Cobb’s father, shared information about the movie’s ending.

The ending of Inception remains one of the great mysteries of modern cinema, with fans and critics alike arguing whether it was just a dream.

“When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it and I said … ‘when is it the dream and when is it reality?’” said Caine.

“[Nolan] 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,” he added.

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