Morning Discussion

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 16, 2010 5:00am PDT Hello again, Internet. I'm properly back from the Develop 2010 conference now. It was jolly nice. A lot was awfully interesting and I'll have more to share over the next few days. What day is today? Not sure. Probably doesn't matter. Lovely people, just lovely.

Now to see how quickly I can read 471 e-mails and skim several thousand RSS items.

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    For those of you who have seen it, I saw this theory posted by someone on AICN. I hadn't thought of it in this angle and it pretty much blew my mind. See what you think....

    for those who have not seen it.... **** BEWARE SPOLIERS ****

    His character is key to understanding the movie. In the end it doesn't matter if the top stays up or falls down - Cobb has been coerced to join his father (Caine) in Caine's dream reality. Apply everything you know about Cobb's role to Ariadne - she brings Cobb to the deepest levels of his dreams/memories, she tells Cobb to trust her with his deepest secrets, she convinces Cobb to shoot Mal. All this after 'an idea' is implanted in Cobb's brain early in the movie - when Saito suggests that he can live his life happily with his children if he does one more job. They also made the point over and over that only the dreamer can populate a dream landscape - his kids and Mal keep showing up. One last hint - after escaping the van Ariadne states "He'll be fine" - because she orchestrated everything, and the rest of the cast (including Fischer) were part of her team, working for Michael Caine's character. There's no conclusion to the 'Level 4' story because he had already parted with Mal - goal accomplished, at which point the rest of the team (on the plane) woke him up.