Michael Caine has finally put an axe on the 8-year long debate of whether Leonardo DiCaprio’s Cobb was stuck in a dream or was back to reality. If you haven’t seen “Inception” yet, I implore you to go watch it before reading the rest of this article. Spoilers ahead!
“When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it and I said to [Nolan]… ‘When is it the dream and when is it reality?’” said Caine, who played Prof. Stephen Miles. “[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.
The ending of “Inception” showed Cobb returning home and is reunited with his children. He spun a top on a kitchen table and just as it seemed to start wobbling, the movie cuts to black. It was revealed earlier in the movie that if the totem wouldn’t stop spinning, they were in a dream – that everything was imaginary. And if it spun continuously, they were in reality.
Given this new “rule,” it is safe to say Cobb was indeed back home with his children because Caine’s Miles was there in the scene as well.
Thanks, Michael Caine! We can finally close the lid on one of the most intriguing finales in cinematic history.
Watch the final scene here: