It’s been 10 years since Christopher Nolan’s Inception hit cinemas and blew our minds. Ever since fans have been arguing about the ambiguous ending. At Inception’s conclusion, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Dom Cobb was finally reunited with his children.
But just before going out to see them, he turns his spinning top or totem to determine if he’s dreaming or not.
If it falls he’s awake, while if it keeps spinning he’s still in a dream.
However, Inception’s ending cuts to black before we know for sure that he’s awake.
And now a new fan theory argues why Cobb is awake back in reality.
Inception ending theory: Does this prove Leonardo DiCaprio’s Cobb is NOT dreaming?
Dom and Mal
Reddit user routinemagic writes: “So I did some basic math real quick which might be wrong but I came to the conclusion that 1 second irl equals about 40 hours in Limbo.
“I calculated that by assuming that the time Cobb spent looking for Saito in Limbo was 50 years, since it seems like Saito’s old af when his actor was only 50 at the time of playing him, then I assumed that they spent 3 hours irl in Limbo.
“So if Mal was right and they were still in a dream then when she killed herself she would’ve woken up.
“When she wakes up her first thought would’ve been to wake Cobb up too, which couldn’t take more than 5 minutes to do.”
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They argued: “When they wake up from Limbo after being there for 50 years, they’re shown to be waking up on the floor, so tipping over a chair or pushing him off the bed isn’t an option.
“She could easily just punch him or slap him or sit him upright and then drop him, I can’t imagine that wouldn’t have worked.
“If it would’ve only taken 5 minutes at most to wake him up, then Cobb wouldn’t be in the dream anymore than another year and a half.
“I can’t remember how long it’s been since Cobb said he’s seen his kids, but if it’s longer than 1.4 years, then that means either Mal is taking her sweet ass time waking him up, or she’s just dead and Cobb is in reality, the same place he returns to in the end of the movie.”
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Nolan’s latest film Tenet is released next month and looks set to be a mysterious spy thriller. Very little is known about the movie, although some fans believe it’s secretly an Inception sequel.
A popular theory argues that Robert Pattinson and Clémence Poésy’s unnamed characters are playing the grown-up versions of Cobb’s kids.
FandomWire argues that Nolan has previously described Tenet as his most ambitious project yet; a story he’s had in development for 20 years.
Meanwhile, Inception was released 10 years almost to the day that Tenet was originally set to arrive on July 17, before its delay.
Ten years ago was 2010 and Inception had been in development for 10 years, so the start time of that development is the same as Tenet – around the year 2000.
Secondly, none of the characters names in Tenet have been revealed. Only John David Washington’s is known as The Protagonist, so Nolan is strangely secretive about his latest film.
And thirdly, Pattinson had to dye his hair blonde for Tenet, the same colour hair as Leo’s Dom Cobb.
Tenet hits UK cinemas on August 12, 2020, while Inception is re-released on July 31, 2020.