Confusing “Inception” Ending Finally Explained

Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Caine in "Inception"

Has Michael Cane helped us definitively suss the ending of Inception?

For everyone that’s seen the mind boggling sci-fi movie (and if not look away now!), the ending put our head in a spin and has been periodically on our minds since. Was Dominic Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) reunited with his family in America in a happy ending-style finish or is he still deceptively stuck in a dream?

You probably remember that Dominic “reality tests” the scenario by using a spinning top. If it indefinitely spins, then he’s in a dream and if it topples, he is in reality. Frustratingly but fittingly, the movie ends before we can see if it keeps spinning during Dom’s final reality test.

While most people have tried to solve the mystery by watching that final spinning top scene frame by frame, Michael Cane has offered an alternative way to crack the ending.

“When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it, and I said to him [Christopher Nolan], ‘I don’t understand where the dream is,’” Caine explained at a recent screening of the film in London.

“I said, ‘When is it the dream and when is it reality?’ He said, ‘Well, when you’re in the scene it’s reality.’ So, get that — if I’m in it, it’s reality. If I’m not in it, it’s a dream.”

Going by that logic, the movie does indeed get a happy ending as Caine appears in the final scene.