I haven’t been able to get the ending of Inception out of my head since seeing it last Friday. When that top kept spinning and the screen went blank, everyone in the theater let out a collective groan. By the way, if you’ve never seen Inception, stop reading this and go see it right now. Then see it again. It’s a visually fascinating and brain-stimulating picture that rewards repeat viewing. It also had an inconclusive ending. [MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT]
Earlier we learned that the totem only stops spinning in reality. It never did at the end of the movie and Cobb didn’t seem to care. Or maybe it did a nanosecond before the screen went black. Or maybe it kept spinning. Who knows? One thing Nolan did with the ending of Inception is exactly what Cobb did to his victims in their dreams: plant an idea in their heads. He’s forcing you the viewer to question the reality of that ending. So, what do you think happened at the end? Was Cobb awake or still dreaming?