I know this post is kind of late. But I think this movie really deserve a note.
Frankly, I don't really like Leonardo Dicaprio acting. I get the feeling that he 'over acts' sometimes making the movie rather unreal.
But I will give this movie a thumbs up! Reason being this movie isn't the normal "Boy meets girl, Girl loves boy, Boy likes girl, Girl dates boy, Boy marries girl, Girl haves an affair, Boy hates girl, Girl leaves boy" type of movie. I'm sure you get what I mean right?! haha.
First of all, the concept of the movie is very real. 'Dream within a dream' is real. Not just a fiction. Have you all experienced such a deep dream state before?
Another concept which is very true in the movie is that "when an idea sticks, regardless of whether it is true or not, our actions later are often influenced by the idea and it is very hard to remove the idea even though it is not real".
Try to think back, do you remember something, maybe some issue which wasn't true, but you thought it was and you just keep on believing in it?
For example, someone tells us that someone in our class is bad. Then the idea sticks. When the person approached us, we interact with caution. When we are forced to interact with the person, we are unconsciously wary too.
The concept of 'idea' can be rather dangerous in this point. Can you imagine an innocent person being framed just by someone instilling an 'idea' that the person is bad in other people?
With the philosophical discussion asides, can anyone tell me whether Copp was really awake in the end? From the start, it was preached that in order to wake up from the third level dream, you must also be awake in the other two levels of dreams. But if you remember, Copp stayed back to look for Saito who died in the second level dream.
And at the end of the movie, the totem didn't stop spinning. So? Was he really awake or was he just dreaming?