Did Michael Caine just explain the ending of 'Inception'? Or did we just dream that he did?
Image Credit: Solarpix/PR PhotosFor those of you who are still scratching your heads over the ambiguous spinning-top ending of this summer’s mind-bender Inception, one of the film’s stars, Sir Michael Caine, has weighed in with his own explanation of what it all means. (For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie yet: SPOILER ALERT!) In an interview with BBC Radio, Caine — who plays Leonardo DiCaprio’s character’s father-in-law and mentor in the film — revealed that, as he sees it, the end of the movie isn’t just a dream (within a dream within a dream within a dream…). “[The spinning top] drops at the end, that’s when I come back on,” Caine explained. “If I’m there it’s real, because I’m never in the dream. I’m the guy who invented the dream.”
So if the top dropped and didn’t keep spinning, then DiCaprio’s character really is reunited with his kids at the end, which would certainly make sense in a Hollywood-happy-ending kind of way. But what do you think? Does Caine’s theory work for you? What do you think he meant by the fact that his character “invented the dream”? Do you have a different theory?