Christopher Nolan's Inception is often regarded as one of the greatest pieces of modern cinema, and I would consider it the greatest blockbuster of all time. Nolan's 7th film, Inception came out 6 years ago and still remains as a thrilling action movie that stars some of the world's greatest actors, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. One question that's been on fans' minds since the release of this film is, will there be a sequel? I don't think it's possible, nor do I think it would be a good idea, but it's worth discussing all the same!
Christopher Nolan has only directed 12 full-length feature films in his career and 3 of those are one franchise: The Dark Knight trilogy. Clearly Nolan is open to the idea of working on more than one film in the same franchise. Given the fact that Inception ended so questionably, it makes the idea of a sequel all the more plausible. But just because a film has an open ending, does that mean it has to be setting up a sequel, or could it just be matching the tone of the with the rest of the movie. Well the director we're talking about here is the king of open endings, with films like Memento, The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar all leaving us questioning a film while walking out of the theater.
Talking about the ending of Inception must sound like a broken record to Nolan at this stage; ever since the film was released he's been hounded down about the meaning as if it was a simple one. He's even been known to say that he would sneak “out of the back of the theater” just before the film would end so he could avoid inquisitive fans questioning what really happened to that spinning top.
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What Has Nolan Got to Say About That Ending?
“The way the end of that film worked, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Cobb – he was off with his kids, he was in his own subjective reality,” Nolan said, “He didn’t really care any more, and that makes a statement: perhaps, all levels of reality are valid.”
What Nolan is really trying to say is that, Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) didn't care if the reality he was in was real or not. He was finally reunited with his kids, finally reunited with his wife and he was finally happy. If this reality wasn't real, but it had everything he wanted, what difference does it make?
I think this ending is perfect, Nolan could've concluded it by letting the spinning top stay spinning or fall down. But what he gave us was an opportunity to think for ourselves and not be spoon-fed. Inception still has us talking 6 years on and has to go down as one of the most heavily discussed films in history!
Should There Be an Inception 2?
I don't think the topic of Inception 2 should ever be touched, no matter how much Hollywood wants it, or how much they're willing to pay. This film, intended as a single piece of cinema mastery, cannot be repeated again, especially in the form of a sequel. I couldn't even think of a sequel idea that is worthy to follow the first film using the same amazing characters and actors. Could the film start off with the spinning top hitting the table and Cobb realizing he wants to get back to reality? Hardly, because it would undermine absolutely everything the first film strove to achieve. What if the rest of the gang (Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, etc) continued to enter people's dreams and extort various memories in people's dreams? That idea would be decent, but it wouldn't be worth doing a sequel for.
If there's any Warner Bros. executives toying around with the idea in some head office, that book needs to be closed. Christopher Nolan is one of the greatest working directors in Hollywood right now who hasn't made a bad film. So I'm certain he wouldn't take on Inception 2, unless the idea was just as good (if not better) than the first, especially given the fact that he worked on the Inception script over a 10-year period.
What Has Nolan Got to Say About Inception 2?
In an interview with Deadline.com, Christopher Nolan was asked "Do you see an opportunity to revisit the world of Inception with a sequel?" to which he gave this response:
I’ve always liked the potential of the world. It’s an infinite, or perhaps I should say an infinitesimal world that fascinates me. At the moment, we’re exploring a video game, which is something I’ve been very interested in doing for a number of years. This lends itself nicely to that. As far as sequels go, I think of Inception as one film, but that’s how I approach all my films. When I was making Batman Begins, I certainly didn’t have any thoughts of doing a second Batman film, let alone a third. You never quite know where your creative interests are going to take you, but when I was making Inception, I viewed it as a stand-alone movie.
I know Christopher Nolan didn't say no to the idea of Inception 2, but bear in mind that this interview is from back in 2011. But I do have to admit his opinion on the idea of a sequel is quite interesting that he's not completely shutting down the idea. On the other hand he does say that he did intend on Inception being a "stand-alone" movie, but he thought the same for Batman Begins, so who knows.
I always adore every piece of work Christopher Nolan does, and I'd regard him as my favorite director. So if he trusted in Inception 2 I would follow him on it, but I don't think he will. To make a sequel to a movie, you need to have a reason, and with Inception I don't think there is any reason. I have no real questions and I love how the film finished; I think making a sequel would only tarnish what Inception achieved.
Let me know what you guys think in the comments! I'd love to know how you feel about an Inception sequel.