Inception

Cobb reveals to Ariadne that he knows inception is possible because he did it to his wife. He implanted the idea that "the world she is living in is not real," allowing them both to escape the deepest subconscious. The idea grew, causing her to kill herself in real life. Cobb talks to Saito, now an old man, in the deepest layer of subconscious and reminds him about their arrangement. Saito reaches for his gun. Cobb wakes up, passes through customs and meets his father. He goes home and sees his kids' faces. The last shot is of Cobb's totem, the spinning top... either spinning forever which means he's in a dream or about to topple which means he's in reality...

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Continuity mistake: When they escape from the building in the first dream, the right-hand mirror of the van is broken by the narrow gate. In the following shot when they are driving, the other mirror is broken and the right mirror is suddenly undamaged.

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Cobb: Never recreate from your memory. Always imagine new places.

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Trivia: The song that is played to wake everyone up is Edith Piaf's "Non, je ne regrette rien". Marion Cottillard (Mal) played Piaf in the biopic La Vie En Rose and won an Oscar for it.

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Question: When Cobb finally gets home to see his children at the end why don't they look any different from his memories? The story implies that he's been gone for a long time yet they don't appear to have aged.

Answer: The answer above is solid and I agree, but there's another plausible way of looking at it. It is implied at the end that Cobb could still be dreaming (we never see if the top stops spinning). If that's the case, then he would likely dream his children to be exactly how he remembers them.

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Answer: The story really doesn't imply too heavily exactly how long Cobb has been on the run. Very few clues are given, so it could quite plausibly be less than a year since his wife's death, in which case their children would not have aged dramatically. Their voices on the phone seem compatible with children of the ages shown at the end of the film and Cobb shows no concern when reunited with them that they should be older than they are. Two sets of children are listed in the credits, of different ages.

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