Movie Review: How Many Layers of Dreams Are There in INCEPTION?


1) Inception is a unique film.

After watching this film, I have questions. Questions that are worth asking and only by thorough research can there be “real” answers.

2) The script is intellectually well-written.

The main characters are using terms such as subconscious projections, catharsis, a dream within a dream, etc. and when I arrived home, Inception subconsciously coerced me to flip the pages of my college textbooks.I also need to browse Mr. Wikipedia to satisfy my deepest curiosity.

3) No questions ask, Inception’s visual effects are awesome.

I can not forget the method of editing used in the scenes in layers of dreams where Cobb and his team are about to dismantle the business empire of Mr. Fischer’s father. For this, Inception deserves an Oscar’s nod for Best Picture, Best Cinametography and Best Story.

All the actors also deserve big kudos. Truth is; I am only familiar with two names: Titanic’s Leonardo Di Caprio and Juno’s Ellen Page. Yet, it is hard to ignore others’ performances especially Cabb’s deceased wife (Marion Cotilard) and Arthur- the Point Man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

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Source: IMDB Quotes

Cobb: I can’t stay with her anymore because she doesn’t exist.

Mal: I’m the only thing you do believe in anymore.

Cabb: I wish. I wish more than anything. But I can’t imagine you with all your complexity, all you perfection, all your imperfection. Look at you. You are just a shade of my real life. You’re the best I can do; but I’m sorry, you are just not good enough.

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All in all, the whole experiment is also made for Cobb. He needs to perform this experiment for his own good. This experiment can help him move on with all the happy and sad memories he had with his wife. The real life was not supposed to be lived in the web of dreams. The real life is all about courage to let go of your past.

4) While watching Inception, it somehow reminds me of:

***LOST-TV Series

Due to its style of bringing-more-questions-than-answers type of delivery


It makes me wonder what if there’s really a world beyond the limits of our senses


The concept of dreams gets even more complex in Inception

5) The ending bugs you a big question mark.

There are numerous matters in the film that are worth discussing and I seem to expect a cliff-hanger ending. It’s a given part but there is no clear answer to support the mystery.

Is Cobb still dreaming or is he truly in real world with his children? Why he still chose to spin the top when he arrived home? So, if he choose to spin the top, it’s just right to say his children are only his subconscious projections.


  • Until now, I can not understand how subconscious projections are linked in dreams. Projection is an unconscious defense mechanism which means you are foisting off unfavorable attributes and emotions to other people and it sounds to me, I did not get the answers I want while watching the film. Geez, maybe I was not paying attention well or the story over-complicates Freudian Dream Theory. To stop the debate inside my head, I just need to read, read and read more, right?
  • If all the events inside their dreams are purely a product of their “subconscious projections,” why can’t they have the ability to control it? Is it right to say the subconscious mind is so powerful? Perhaps yes. Perhaps it’s not. While in the limbo, Cobb controlled his projections and allowed the memory of his deceased wife to go, why can’t the others in his team?

Overall Rating

Inception is the type of movie that can only be written by an extraordinary writer (Christopher Nolan). His ability to link complex ideas into 148-minute motion picture is rare. Therefore, I am giving it seven point five out of ten stars.

16 thoughts on “Movie Review: How Many Layers of Dreams Are There in INCEPTION?

  1. Nice discussion about this movie, Dean.. It can somehow stimulate me to my great interest in the science of mind(psychology).. Can i rate this 6 stars?!hehe


  2. @Hey Michel, thanks for commenting. This movie really stimulates your imagination and curiosity, especially when you watch it in cinema. Believe me when I say Inception is the best 2010 movie to date. Watch it!


  3. Nice review Kuya DR :)…Sayang you missed Joseph Gordon-Levitt, he’s that evil science freak from GI Joe, and the nice guy from 500 Days of Summer… 🙂


  4. Nice reivew – I liked it.

    Regarding the negatives you mention – I interpret the projections as being parts of your imagination fueled by your own subconcious and modelled on people… so like an internal version of the projectio you are talking about.

    I think the issue of why can’t they control it is that they haven’t had a cathartic moment where they really change their subconscious. Why can’t addicts just stop? Why can some of them do it after a certain experience?

    Anyway if you like all this go look up how to do lucid dreaming…



  5. @Karen, Abigail, Alice, Spyne: Thanks for commenting.

    Also a big thanks to Ate Kay, a good friend of my sister who is now a psychologist, for answering my question about subconscious projections.

    Here’s her answer:

    Subconscious Projections are your own versions of people manifested in your dream.


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