Originally Posted by gyldenlove
There is one giant falacy in that argument, if Mal was in the same room she would have her back to Dom when trying to persuade him to jump and he would easily be able to get hold of her and pull her back in. If we assume that Mal at this point is not controlled by Dom's consciousness, she would figure this out and ensure that she would be in a position where Dom could not interfere with her jumping and that she could see him. Being declared sane by several psychiatrists, leaving a letter behind that he killed her and her messing up the hotel room and all point to her having planned the moment in great detail, she would not overlook an important detail like that.
There is one other problem stemming from the Totem, if it was all a dream, how did Dom get the Totem from Mal? She needs to have died for Dom to take possession of the totem. Being that she only appears when Dom knows he is dreaming, and that he has possession of the top in those scenes, she is certainly a figment of his imagination throughout the film (the flashback scenes are still memories and so imaginary as well). Being that Mal appears in every dream Dom has, it stands to reason that she should appear during what is protrayed as reality if that was truly a dream as well.
Not necessarily. I also feel the whole movie is a dream, as explained above. But somewhat more like a nightmare than a regular dream . Time and again when the children appear, they are called away by a womans
voice. This could be Mal. It could be that they are a separated or divorced couple, and she is not dead at all. It would also explain his thoughts that Mal is the culprit when things go wrong duirng many scenes. An innate resentment
presented as something else (arch enemy - ex lover) which prevents him from seeing the childrens faces.
The idea of it being a dream throughout, explains Mals appearing on the opposite buildings ledge...out of reach and impossible to be reached, with no explanation of how she got there...a dream. The sense of helplessness is an emotion triggering the dream state.
Anyway , it is a great flick, and the ending is in the mind of the audience....planted there to be questioned. An inception of the idea, if you will..