There’s been a lot of buzz lately around Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Dunkirk, which opened last month. As stunning as Nolan’s war epic is, recently, I’ve actually found myself more preoccupied with one of the director’s earlier classics, dream-heist caper, Inception.
Specifically, I’ve been fixated on one question: at the end of the film, is Cobb awake or not? It’s a question that cinephiles have debated constantly since Inception was released way back in 2010 – and in this month’s Live From The Pop Culture Studio, we’re going to answer it!
We’ll take a look at all the key evidence underpinning arguments that Cobb’s top continues spinning (meaning Cobb is still in the dream world) and that it ultimately topples over (meaning he’s awake).
Along the way, we’ll also discuss a major (and often-overlooked) red flag that complicates both theories, and take into account comments made by Nolan and cast member Michael Caine, in order to shed as much light as possible on this cinematic mystery!