INCEPTION BREAKDOWN! Ending Explained, Easter Eggs & Deeper Meaning!

  • Published on Jun 18, 2019
  • Inception Full Movie Rewatch & In-Depth Analysis! Since its release 9 years ago, what hidden details have been revealed from Christopher Nolan's dream heist film that give Inception a whole new meaning? What is the secret message of the Inception ending, and what subtle moments foreshadow this final scene? Erik Voss continues New Rockstars' rewatch series, following breakdowns of The Matrix and Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, with the most-requested film, Inception (2010), for all the subtle Easter Eggs & details you might have overlooked. How is Inception actually a metaphor for Nolan's filmmaking process itself, and each dream level an homage to his favorite films? What secrets did Hans Zimmer hide in the Inception soundtrack? And does the spinning top in the Inception final scene mean that Cobb is still dreaming, or is it all a misdirect by Nolan?
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  • Mayor Wanyama
    Mayor Wanyama 7 hours ago

    I wanted you to mention the actual location that Nolan chose to film the Mombasa chase, That's my favorite coastal Town in Kenya

  • Alex Tager
    Alex Tager 9 hours ago +1

    I feel like in the beginning of the movie Cob did an inception on Saito that made Saito want to do the inception on Fischer. So Cob’s plan all along was to do two inceptions-one on Saito and another on Fischer.

  • 3dbadboy1
    3dbadboy1 15 hours ago

    Oh, also do The Usual Suspects :)

  • Leo Larrosa
    Leo Larrosa 19 hours ago

    Why does Cobbs totem get passed around like a hot potato? But Arthur explains that no one should touch it but the owner.
    Does this solidify the theory that Cobbs real totem is his wedding ring and not the top that was originally Mals?

  • Tiago Toledo
    Tiago Toledo 23 hours ago

    In media res is Latin, not Greek.

  • Charles Moore
    Charles Moore Day ago

    great thanks for sharing

  • Mad Geo
    Mad Geo Day ago

    27:12 >>> Except that Cobb DID NOT get older.
    He looks like he's totally baked, but that's all.
    I'm still trying to find an explanation for that.

  • Ryan Logan
    Ryan Logan Day ago

    I remember showing this movie to my friends for the first time and they were almost so confused they didn’t care. I told them going into the movie it’s difficult to understand everything once with the movie. Low and behold the second time I convinced them to watch it they were totally engrossed the entire time the movie was on.

  • Greg Gory
    Greg Gory 2 days ago

    I need to rewatch this

  • Enmanuel Cubas
    Enmanuel Cubas 3 days ago

    Shutter Island!!!!!! Next!!!!!! Is a good one!!!!!

  • Enmanuel Cubas
    Enmanuel Cubas 3 days ago

    Now this is the reason I subscribed!!!!
    I havent seen this video and I already know the details it will have. I totaly wanted to see a rundown for Inception! Thanks!!!!!!

  • BoboKnight
    BoboKnight 4 days ago +1

    To answer your question of whether we think Cobb is still dreaming, I think you summed it up pretty nicely. The question we should ask ourselves is not whether we think Cobb is still dreaming but is "Does it matter if Cobb is dreaming or not?" All Cobb really wants, is to be able to live and grow with his kids. If we are truly able to choose our own reality, then the ending symbolizes that regardless of whether Cobb is dreaming or not, he has chosen the reality that includes life with his kids and father.

  • Edwin Dsouza
    Edwin Dsouza 4 days ago

    At 15:59 he’s also on the 5th floor.. look at the sides of the elevators

  • Bone Mihai
    Bone Mihai 5 days ago

    Why the kids are in the same state like he left them (when he come back)....( same clothes same position same everything) help me with an answer :)

  • Matt
    Matt 5 days ago

    AHAHAHA the ending!!! that was genious! i laughed so hard!

  • DeMarco Davidson
    DeMarco Davidson 6 days ago +1

    Nolan is a all realities!!!

  • jorge reyna
    jorge reyna 6 days ago

    This was magnificent

  • John Weflen
    John Weflen 6 days ago +1

    The sixth sense

  • Drop Kick Drones
    Drop Kick Drones 6 days ago

    Your explanation is more confusing than the movie itself!

  • Adam Wright the truth seaker

    Michael Caine gave it away in an interview every scene he was in was reality !!!!

  • Evaro 17
    Evaro 17 6 days ago

    Thumbs up if you've ever been on a mushroom trip and things go a little dark and you think.. This isn't real. Lol

  • Brains Mcloud
    Brains Mcloud 7 days ago

    Break down ‘Predestination’

  • vaibhav shivrain
    vaibhav shivrain 7 days ago +1

    It took him 9 years to understand it

    ANDREW H 7 days ago

    Epic fail... this movie is money, and your illusion of money, the value of money (sand castles)
    Here are the clues, empty vault, sand castles,
    Your illusion of value.
    The Asian executive is a representative of Satoshi Nakamoto (Creator of Bitcoin).
    This is about the inception of bitcoin and the world of the illusion of money or trade
    This is what’s happening or what will happen to people once they realize their illusion of federal reserve notes are just pieces of paper..
    The movie is about the illusion of money. Period

  • jimmypalavi
    jimmypalavi 7 days ago

    I knew about Michael Caine's recent mention that when he was in a scene it wax reality, but I didn't know about the wedding band. Thank you - this clinches it for me that this final scene is reality, but for some reason I'd thought the film would have ended better if it wasn't.

  • hardlickah
    hardlickah 7 days ago

    I'm dreaming and you are all dreaming inside of my dream which is a dream about reality

  • HarrisonWHB24
    HarrisonWHB24 7 days ago

    you're reaching really hard with some of these. And the only people that are gonna watch something like this are the fans of Inception who have already seen the movie. You break down and explain obvious parts from the movie that is unnecessary for this audience

  • Syncopated Pandemonium

    Christoper Nolan is a genius. Memento and Inception are masterpieces.

  • Adam Friedman
    Adam Friedman 8 days ago

    15:58 Arthur also stands between two "5" !!!!

  • Aladato
    Aladato 8 days ago

    Total Recall would like to have a word.

  • Zinxis Anderson
    Zinxis Anderson 8 days ago

    If you look near the elevator, it even shows which level hes on, its also 5.

  • Eric Gorter
    Eric Gorter 9 days ago

    i wished this would also have included materials and feedback/interpretation from the extras on the blu-ray. like the cartoon episode spinoffs which shows the lead-up to where the movie starts

  • Morgan Osborne
    Morgan Osborne 9 days ago

    Looked up from the comments only to find my nephews singing along to life is but a dream

  • Journey95 Far
    Journey95 Far 9 days ago +2

    Still Nolan's best movie..wish he would make a masterpiece like this again

  • Jeremy Smith
    Jeremy Smith 9 days ago

    His son saying they were building a house on a cliff is some pretty crazy shit. I have no doubt now he is still dreaming. I'm sure he'll wake up eventually as his kids make less sense.

  • MotoSurge
    MotoSurge 9 days ago +1

    I just rewatched the movie today after wanting to do so since I saw it in 2011. This a legendary movie that can never be metabolized in one watching and your analysis was fantastic!

  • friar tuck
    friar tuck 9 days ago


  • airrik84
    airrik84 9 days ago

    Can you explain women? Asking for a friend.

  • De UberWise
    De UberWise 10 days ago

    @15:58 The number 5 is on the wall as well.

  • Ryze Lcs
    Ryze Lcs 10 days ago

    leap of faith references matrix²

  • Em P
    Em P 10 days ago

    I want to give you something hard to work on: gta5, that's gonna be a lot of work

  • A daft punk
    A daft punk 10 days ago

    The ending is left open to interpretation on purpose. The totems could be in one's dream mind as well, so...

  • Av Singh
    Av Singh 10 days ago

    I think the spinning top is aimed at the viewer, the main characters have left to their respective endings and its just you staring at a top, at the end of the movie where you have to go back to your reality (i.e. from the 'dream' of the movie). Its sort of like "can you break an addiction without having to 'know' the outcome of the spin"...?

  • sWord smith
    sWord smith 10 days ago +1

    The song “time” is incredible as well! (From the soundtrack).

  • Revolution
    Revolution 10 days ago

    Thanks for posting

  • Sabrina R
    Sabrina R 10 days ago

    in conclusion... Nolan is a genius

  • James Clark
    James Clark 11 days ago

    He is still dreaming. He was dreaming the whole time. The movie is about a team of people Inceptioning Cobb to "come back to reality."
    Watch it again with that in mind. A lot of the points that were made in this video contribute to this idea; particularly the stuff about that Mombassa sequence.

  • fortnite god Ufhchdnd
    fortnite god Ufhchdnd 11 days ago

    Lucid Dreaming

  • Allahdin and the Praying Mat

    Is he still dreaming at the end? the spinning top did not stop.

  • Wes D
    Wes D 11 days ago

    "We see a bunch of crazy stuff but we dont question it" maybe that's how you watch movies. Not me buddy...

  • Joe K
    Joe K 11 days ago +5

    That was unbelievable.. The detail you went into is INSANE!!! And the ending of this film has always plagued my mind..

  • FattestKidEvvverr
    FattestKidEvvverr 11 days ago

    4:56 ok that was hilarious

  • only human
    only human 11 days ago

    Brilliant and funny.

  • abdullah jeffers
    abdullah jeffers 12 days ago

    Arthur also fights on the 5th floor

  • Jonathan Williams
    Jonathan Williams 12 days ago

    Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

  • Kronaz邪児
    Kronaz邪児 12 days ago

    The top isn't Cobb's totem, they made it clear that you can't use someone else's totem.

    GENERALTIM21 12 days ago +1

    Also, regarding Arthur's tumbling scene, he is fighting the guards on the fifth floor - the numbers can be seen on the back wall at 15.58. The same as his loaded die + he is the fifth dreamer

  • crx5555
    crx5555 13 days ago

    Wasn't that song in saving Private Ryan

  • Ray Zee
    Ray Zee 13 days ago +1

    Do The fountain next please!!!!! Such an underrated movie seriously!!!!!

  • Scott M
    Scott M 13 days ago

    Outstanding analysis. I have to watch this movie again now.

  • soulstrum81
    soulstrum81 13 days ago


  • Dominic DiTanna
    Dominic DiTanna 13 days ago

    I’d like to see you break down the movie interstellar

  • Dominic DiTanna
    Dominic DiTanna 13 days ago +1

    Thank you! Loved inception and all the Easter eggs you pointed out!

  • MrSpeedyAce
    MrSpeedyAce 13 days ago

    4:40 Nice Matrix reference 😄

  • Christian Hoffmann
    Christian Hoffmann 13 days ago

    The totems are not meant to tell you whether you are dreaming. They are meant to tell you whether you are in your own dream.

    Of course an infinitely spinning totem would tell you that you are dreaming. But that can only work if it's done deliberately by somebody else. If you are the dreamer and you subconsciously want your dream to be the reality, you would very much be able to subconsciously make the spinning totem fall over. Therefore it falling over in the end proves nothing.

  • Jade Alexandrea
    Jade Alexandrea 13 days ago

    “What dreams may come” next. My fav Robin Williams movie, RIP

  • christina cumba
    christina cumba 13 days ago

    31:33 without one mention of Paprika makes this analysis completely irrelevant and invalid! For shame.

  • Juan Perez
    Juan Perez 14 days ago

    If the totem is not his, but Mal's, then how can he truly know if he's sleeping or in the real world? Whether or not it falls makes no difference, since it's not his, right?

  • Anders Forsell
    Anders Forsell 14 days ago

    Philosophy and Inception is a great read

  • Astral Studios
    Astral Studios 14 days ago

    You have to do interstellar