Was it a dream or was it reality? After eight years of confusion, Michael Caine has explained the end of Inception

by Asfa Shakeel

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.

Michael Caine has finally explained the ending. (Image source: Instagram/Sir Michael Caine)

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The movie’s ending has always confused viewers. (Image source: Instagram/Inception)

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.

end of Inception

The movie starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. (Image source: Instagram/Inception)

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.

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The complex ending has had several different interpretations. (Image source: Instagram/Inception)

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.

Caine plays Leo’s father-in-law in the movie. (Image source: Instagram/Inception)

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.

Michael Caine is now starring in Four Kids and It, set to be released in 2020.

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