After eight years of relentless debates and discussions, Sir Michael Caine may have finally put an end to the debate regarding the ending of Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Anyone who’s watched the movie knows the importance of the spinning of the top for Leonardo DiCaprio’s character; it’s his totem that determines whether he’s based in reality or the dream world.
The film came to end with the top spinning, but seeming to wobble (if it stops spinning, it’s reality), leaving some to believe that it would eventually fall, while others desired a more definite drop to be convinced. Nolan himself has been evasive during interviews, and has never committed to a resolution.
Enter Sir Michael Caine.
While introducing a film of Nolan’s at a Film 4 Summer Screen showing, he spoke about how he, too, was confused about when the events in the movie were real and when they weren’t. The words that the director used to ease his qualms answer most questions regarding the ending.
“When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it,” Caine said. “And I said to him [Nolan], ‘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.”
So, eight years later, we all get a little clarity, as Caine is indeed in the final scene.