Michael Caine Says ‘Inception’ Ending Was No Dream

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

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Inception was easily the most talked-about movie of the summer, if not one of the best. Combining the heist genre with the highest of high-concept science-fiction, it garnered glowing reviews, made bank at the box office, and inspired a million and one spoofs—not to mention upcoming films. With a single rotating hallway and a dozen or so wires, it even cemented itself within the annals of film history.

Following Inception‘s debut in theaters, questions arose about what the film’s true meaning was. (Our very own Kofi Outlaw’s detailed analysis of the film is one of the best you’ll find anywhere.)

Everybody and their grandmother wanted to know what Christopher Nolan truly intended, specifically with his ending. Was Leonardo Dicaprio’s character, Cobb, still in the dream-world? Or was he in that weird half-sleep, half-awake state where gremlins sit on your chest and talk to you?

Now, Sir Michael Caine claims to have the inside-track. While promoting his new autobiography on BBC Radio’s The Chris Moyles Show, Caine said of Inception’s ending:

“[The spinning top] drops at the end, that’s when I come back on. If I’m there it’s real, because I’m never in the dream. I’m the guy who invented the dream.”

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I don’t mean to be a stickler here, but anything Michael Caine says about Christopher Nolan’s intended meaning for Inception’s ending technically qualifies as hearsay. And besides, every film critic—or professor of critical theory, for that matter—would happily tell you that it doesn’t matter one iota what the artist says his or her movie, book, play, painting, comic book, videogame, et cetera actually means. The author of the work is responsible for, at best, just one interpretation of said work. So just because Michael Caine says Christopher Nolan intended for Inception’s ending to exist in the real world, doesn’t make it so. It doesn’t mean that I was wrong, or you were wrong, or that my grandma was wrong—she’s pretty darn sure the whole movie was a dream, like Dallas season 8.

The point is, in 500 years, every living artist in the world today will be dead and buried (short of some technological miracle). It won’t matter what they said their work meant. It won’t matter what they believed their work meant. The only thing that’ll matter is the collective opinion of the people who read, watch, look at, and analyze their work. Historians, scholars, students, buffs, and so on. Descendants, yours and mine.

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Michael Caine also briefly touched upon Batman 3, but only insofar as he confirmed that nobody knows anything about it save for Christopher Nolan, David Goyer, and Jonathon Nolan.  He did indicate, however, that shooting for the sequel to The Dark Knight is likely to start in May.

Source: BBC Radio’s The Chris Moyles Show Via FilmTwats

TAGS: inception, the dark knight rises

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  1. Here’s a version where Michael Caine’s comment makes sense:

    The Michael Caine character is Dom Cobb, having grown old in exile in France. He regrets making the choice to leave the US and never seeing his children again. He constructs a dream, as an inception in his own mind, that he pulled off a caper that enabled him to be with his children as they grow up. After Dom lives another lifetime raising his children in his subconscious and “dies” of old age there, and then he wakes up back at his university.

  2. In my opinion he could very well be dreaming
    Because earlier in the movie when they are recruiting the sedator cobb runs into the bathroom attempts to spin the top (totem) and it falls on the ground, then saito comes in asking if cobb is okay, cobb says he is fine and picks up the top and walks away never spinning the totem again until he is apparently “free” to go into the united states, so he could still be dreaming up to the point where the sedator put him under the first time..

  3. Sorry, but as an author of fantasy I disagree, fervently. What any critic believes is so irrelevant as to be less than worth mentioning.

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