Michael Caine has finally put fans at ease by explaining the ending of Inception. The explanation comes about eight years after the movie was released.
Inception was released in 2010 as a science fiction action thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page and Michael Caine.
The movie follows a group that specializes in stealing thoughts and information from people’s minds through dreams. They are recruited to do the reverse: plant an idea in a CEO’s mind. This is when things go bad. The movie has one of the most infamous cliff hangers of all time, where viewers are left completely unsure as to whether DiCaprio’s character has made it out of the dream or not.
Michael Caine, who plays DiCaprio’s father-in-law in the film, has finally explained the ending.
While speaking at a Film 4 Summer Screen showing of the thriller, Caine said, “When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it. And I said to [Nolan], ‘I don’t understand where the dream is.’ 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.”
As fans will remember, Caine’s character is definitely in the final scene, meaning that DiCaprio’s character is in the real world at the end and has made it out of the dreams.
Fans of the movie had all kinds of reactions to the explanation.
finally had closure on the ending of inception
— theo. (@kodjo___) August 16, 2018
8 years later and we finally got the answer to the ending of Inception ??????
— slatt (@_salvadorxo) August 16, 2018
Michael Caine, no one in their right mind cares about the ending of "Inception" anymore. We have Nazis to fight.
— Kellyanne Kanye (@JayAreDeez) August 15, 2018
Michael Caine finally revealed whether the ending of Inception was a dream or reality!! This is the best news ever ??
— Justin Muse (@JM_Designz) August 16, 2018
INCEPTION SPOILER ALERT. Alright, I have a problem here with all the "Inception ending is solved now!" shit going on. STOP. It's all reality. 100%. The ending is Cobb's reality. If anything, this masterpiece shows us that reality is based on one's perception and belief.
— Ryan Hanson (@ryanisthebatman) August 16, 2018
Michael Caine is now starring in Four Kids and It, set to be released in 2020.