ByGeorge Yearsley, writer at
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George Yearsley

Over the years Christopher Nolan has made a name for himself with his astonishing films like the Dark knight trilogy BUT one that really caught peoples eye was Inception, here is ten things that you may or may not have known about Christopher Nolan's Inception.

10 - Zero Gravity

The scene in the Hotel where Arthur is fighting the subconscious guard there was no CGI or green screen used in the scene. Nolan wanted for the scene to be as realistic as it could be so he asked his engineers to make him an 100-foot hotel corridor hotel corridor that was able to rotate 360 degrees with the help of eight concentric rings, 30-feet in diameter, which surrounded the set. Capable of spinning up to eight revolutions per minute, the centripetal hallway was powered by two giant 225-kilowatt electric motors (the equivalent of two new Mercedes S350 V-6 engines).


The first letter of each of the main character’s first names – Dom, Robert, Eames, Arthur/Ariadne, Mal, Sato – spell the word DREAMS.

8 - The running time

The running time of 2 hours 28 mins is a reference to the original length of the Édith Piaf’s song “Non, je ne regrette rien”, which lasts (on its first recorded edition) 2 minutes 28 seconds.

7 - The following

The name of Leonardo DiCaprio‘s character is the same as that of one of the main characters in Christopher Nolan‘s first feature film,Following (1998). Further, both the characters have the same profession – they supposedly play thieves.

6 - Film-making Jobs

In an interview with ‘Entertainment Weekly’, Christopher Nolan explained that he based roles of the Inception team similar to roles that are used in film-making, Cobb is the director, Arthur is the producer, Ariadne is the production designer, Eames is the actor, Saito is the studio, and Fischer is the audience. “In trying to write a team-based creative process, I wrote the one I know,” said Nolan.

5 - The idea

The idea for Inception began with Christopher Nolan about eight years prior to the film. He became fascinated with thoughts of how dreams are created in your own mind, as you experience it. The script didn’t just sit in a drawer, it changed every couple of years; Nolan would go back to it and make revisions. Though written from his own experiences of dreaming, the director felt there were certain things that were common to peoples’ dreams and those are what he incorporated, like the kick, the idea of falling when dreaming.

4 - Non, je regrette rien

The Edith Piaf song (“Non, je ne regrette rien” [No, I’m not sorry for anything]) was written into the script by Nolan and given to Hans Zimmer to weave into the score. Marion Cotillard portrayed Piaf in the 2007 film La Vie En Rose ; she won the Best Actress Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, César Award, Czech Lion and Prix Lumière.

3 - 528491

The sixth track in the Inception soundtrack is titled: 528491. These are the numbers that are used in the movie to open the safe. They are also the hotel room numbers in the film. But that’s obvious. What is not so obvious is this: If you take the numbers from the track title and put them in numeric order, (124589), Number 1 representing the title of track on, and so on, they make the phrase: Half Remembered Dream: We Build Our Own World. Radical Notion. Old Souls, One Simple Idea: Dream Within a Dream.

Let’s fix that phrase up a bit: Half remembered dream: We build our own world: radical notion. Old souls, one simple idea: Dream within a dream.

When Mal wakes up, she remembers the world that she helped build, but she insists that reality is a dream and that dream is a reality. She half remembers it. Dom and Mal build their own world in limbo. The fact that they embraced limbo is a radical notion. The couple grew old together. The one simple idea is the dream within a dream. Inception.

2 - The meaning

The word “Inception” means “beginning”. The team attempts to perform “Inception” on Robert Fischer (The “beginning” being the planting of an idea, which is to dissolve his father’s company).

1 - It's all a dream

This is the official dialogue between Cobb and Ariadne after she has made her totem. Read carefully.

ARIADNE: Are you going under on your own?

COBB: No, I was just running some experiments. I didn’t realize anyone was here.

ARIADNE: Yeah, I was just – I was working on my totem, actually.

COBB: Here, let me take a look.

Ariadne shakes her head.

COBB: So you’re learning.

ARIADNE: An elegant solution for keeping track of reality. Was it your idea?

COBB: No, it was… it was Mal’s, actually.

Cobb takes out Mal’s top.

COBB: This… this one was her’s. She would spin it in a dream and it would never topple. Just, uh, spin and spin.

ARIADNE: Arthur told me she passed away.

COBB: How are the mazes coming along?

Cobb says that the top isn’t his. Earlier in the film, he explains to Ariadne that your totem must be something unique to the maker. It cannot be tampered with or touched by anyone else. That is why Ariadne recoils and refuses to give Cobb the chess piece. Totems can only work for the maker. Yes, Cobb was close to Mal, and has come to know the top well, but his totem can’t accurately tell if he is in a dream or not. Cobb breaks rules. We know because his wife is imprisoned in his subconscious. But he isn't always right in doing so. We have seen what Mal does. It is a bad result of his breaking of the rules. Because of this reason, the totem may be a false measure of reality. Nobody else is seen using their totem in Dom’s dream. We only see his top as a measure of reality.

If this is true, it is very likely that Inception is all a dream. But a hunch about the top cannot be enough to prove it. This may solidify my point. This is the chase scene from the movie, in Mombasa. Towards the end of the chase, it seems like enemies are just randomly spawning, like projections from a dream.

Hope you guys enjoyed my first post, my next post will probably be on star wars or my most anticipated movies of 2015



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