[QUOTE=Lomax;2882109]Okay, you can't really discuss Inception without going over the spoilers. And I'd love to discuss the movie without tiptoe-ing around the details.
I have a few questions for those who have seen the movie...
1. At the end, when the van hits the water, why isn't everybody immediately awakened? Isn't that the point of the "kick"? Instead of waking up, they swim out of the van as if it only fell a few feet.
Edit: Okay I get this. The van woke them up from the hotel, and the hotel elevator woke them up from the military compound. What woke them up from the first layer of the dream?
2. Why do they need drugs to go to sleep in a dream world? Along the same lines, how is it that you can get physically hurt in a dream world? Isn't the point of a dream that you are imagining your own physical state? Why would an imaginary stopwatch in an imaginary world give you the correct time reliably?
As I understood it, the idea is that while you aren't *really* hurt, the pain that you imagine is real. So you feel the pain that is inflicted on you, even though your body isn't really damaged. On the second question, I thought the issue was that the time of the watch was relative to which level of dream reality you are in. So ten seconds at one level buys you exponentially more time in a dream within the dream, and so on. If there is any kind of reliability, it's just relative to that dream state, not the real world.
3. Was the point of going three levels deep in Fischer's dream to trick him into thinking he was breaking into Browning's mind, or his own? If it was Browning's mind he thought he was breaking into, then how was planting an idea there going to make him think that he came up with the idea about desolving his father's empire? I just don't see the connection. Also, isn't that instantly undone when he wakes up and realizes that Browning's kidnapping and betrayal was also a dream?
I thought the point here is that they make Fischer think he is breaking into Browning's mind in order to steal an idea from Browning — when in fact that's the very mechanism which plants the idea in his mind. On the latter point, the problem is that Fischer believes the story told to him, which allows him to interpret things a certain way. There is a potential plot hole here, though, because in the movie we are told that Fischer has been trained to ward off "mind attacks," so wouldn't he have some sort of totem that would enable him to check these things?