I got thinking about fan-made theories as I watched Inception for something like the fourth time this weekend (as an aside that movie is still excellent, easily in my top ten). I love a good conspiracy theory about plot points and details in a movie or a TV show. Granted, sometimes fan-made theories run more into the realm of “what are you smoking?” than “wow, that makes so much sense”, but still it’s fun to think and debate about them. One of my favourite fan-theories is about Cobb’s totem. Spoilers ahead, if you haven’t seen Inception yet, then skip the next paragraph. Also, seriously you haven’t seen Inception yet? What’s wrong with you?
See, the movie implies that his totem is the spinning top, even though you know it was his wife’s, you see him using it all the time. But, Cobb’s totem is actually his wedding ring. When you know they’re in a dream, he’s wearing it, and when you see him out of a dream, he’s not. It’s a simple detail, but it settles the way the movie ends, because then it doesn’t matter whether the top carries on spinning or not when he’s finally home, because it won’t show the audience (or Cobb) that he’s out the dream. You can only briefly glimpse it, but in the final scene, he’s not wearing his ring.
So what’s your favourite theory about a movie or show that you’ve heard, or come up with?
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Last Updated: July 1, 2015