There's been a lot of talk about the final shot of Inception, and what it means. You won't see any of that coming from me. That's because I refuse to analyze the meaning of Inception's ending. Personally, I don't think it means anything at all. My theory is that the final shot was put there specifically to get people talking, but I don't believe the movie has enough information to support any kind of interpretation.
If you compare the twist ending of Inception to the twist ending of writer/director Christopher Nolan's other movie, The Prestige, you'll see what I mean. The final shot of The Prestige actually answers questions that run throughout the movie. The final shot of Inception does the exact opposite. It raises questions, instead. Without that final shot, Inception has closure. I honestly don't believe that Nolan had a specific meaning in mind for it. I think he made it and said, "Now this will really mess with people's heads." And he's refused to answer any explanation after the movie's been released. That's why I decided a long time ago to clip out the last seconds in my mind, and just enjoy the movie for what it is. It's mind-bending enough.
Do you think the ending of Inception has a meaning or is it just a practical joke on the viewer by Nolan?
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