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The dream world from the movie Inception just got a little more complicated… or maybe less complicated. It’s hard to tell. YouTube user, Weikang, downloaded a copy of Inception and edited all the dreams together in a split screen, so they happen in real-time. Anyone who has seen the movie Inception will find this mashup clip of the Inception dream layers absolutely fascinating.
Video Of The Inception Dream Layers In Real Time
The first thing we noticed after watching the clip of the Inception dream layers, is that the van scene is only 5 minutes long. Just think, you just paid to watch a 5-minute movie (even though it is one of the best movies ever made). Director Christopher Nolan is truly a genius.
The comments section under this video on YouTube has blown up. One of our best comments is from someone who compared something to a taco inside another taco inside a Taco Bell inside a KFC in a mall that’s inside your dream! Uh… we agree and just got hungry while reading that comment.
The Inception Dream Layers: All 5 Levels From The Movie Explained
Christopher Nolan’s film, Inception, is a monumental sci-fi blockbuster with a complex narrative design that echoes the dream landscape. In the movie, they needed to create multiple dream levels to make Robert Fischer believe he should dismantle his dad’s company. Each dream layer built upon the previous one, making the idea of breaking up the company seem more personal and appealing to Fischer. The complexity of the dream layers also allowed the team to create a sense of urgency and importance within the mind of their target. Without the multiple Inception dream layers, the idea may have been rejected or ignored by Fischer.
In the movie, there are 4 dream layers plus reality. That makes a total of 5 layers in the movie. Here are the Inception dream layers explained:
The Flight (Reality)
To differentiate dreams from reality, Cobb and his team use totems. These are unique items that no one else’s dream could possibly recreate in exact detail. Thanks to this, the audience can be sure Inception’s ambitious heist begins in the real world.
Saito devises a plan to make Robert Fischer travel first class instead of his usual private plane. Cobb’s gang occupy the seats around him and bring an air hostess in on the con. Fischer was given a sedative and then connected to the shared dreaming device by all seven members of the team.
The ending of Inception is ambiguous. Some fans believe that Cobb is still dreaming when he wakes up on the plane and reunites with his children. Others believe that he is finally awake. The ambiguity is deliberate, and it is up to the viewer to decide what they believe.
The Van In The Rainy City (Dream Level 1)
The first dream level of Inception is a sprawling city designed by Ariadne. The weather is rainy because the dreamer, Yusef, needs to pee.
The purpose of this level is to introduce the concept of breaking up Fischer’s father’s company. Eames impersonates Fischer’s Uncle Peter and reveals a secret will that can do just that. He also plants the suggestion that Fischer’s father loved him, setting up a reconciliation in a later level.
The last will is a complete hoax, and in the following level, Fischer is compelled to come up with a random six-digit code that will serve as the password to a non-existent safe.
The first level of the dream heist doesn’t go as planned. Fischer’s mind has been trained to detect and defend against infiltration, so armed soldiers appear and Saito is shot. Mal, Cobb’s deceased wife, appears as a projection and sends a freight train to attack the team.
After the city level, Fischer is sedated and everyone plugs into another shared dreaming machine to go to the next level. Yusef remains in the city to ensure that this dream level stays active. When it’s time to exit, Yusef will play music to count down the upcoming kick, then drive off a bridge to jump everyone out of Level 2.
The Hotel (Dream Level 2)
The second level of the dream takes place in a fancy hotel. Arthur is the dreamer this time, and Fischer’s projections are causing problems. Cobb uses the risky Mr. Charles stratagem to gain Fischer’s trust. He pretends to be a security guard and tells Fischer that he is dreaming. This works, and Fischer comes to trust Cobb’s team.
The point of the second level is to convince Fischer that the rainy city is reality and that his father’s secret will is not so bad. Cobb leads Fischer to a room where Eames is pretending to be Fischer’s Uncle Peter. Uncle Peter tells Fischer that the will is a challenge, and that he should create something of his own instead of following his father. This helps Fischer to start to believe that forging his own path could be good.
Finally, Cobb tells Fischer that the only way to know what Peter had planned is to enter his dream. Fischer agrees, and the others follow him. Arthur stays behind this time.
Time dilation increases as you go deeper into dreams. The exact formula is unknown, but 10 seconds in the city level is 3 minutes in the hotel level, which is an hour in the third level.
Because of this, Yusef starts the kick before Arthur is ready and drives off the bridge in the first level. Arthur wanted to drop his sleeping team from the fifth floor of the hotel to the room below using an explosion. However, Yusef’s van messed up the gravity in the second level.
To improvise a way out of the second level, Arthur rigs the hotel elevator with bombs and uses that as a kick. He then relies on the van from the first level hitting water to provide another kick.
The Snow Fortress Hospital (Dream Level 3)
The third dream level is designed by Eames and is a snow-covered hospital guarded like a fortress. Inside the hospital, Fischer meets a projection of his dying father. The father tells Fischer that he was disappointed that Fischer never tried to be his own man. He also gives Fischer a paper windmill, which is a toy from Fischer’s childhood.
Fischer finds solace in his father’s words and this helps him to accept the idea of breaking up his father’s empire. The hospital level is designed to help Fischer to come to terms with his father’s death and to give him the strength to move on with his life.
When Fischer wakes up, he will not suddenly believe that a second last will from his father exists. However, he will start to question whether he wants to live in his father’s shadow. This will eventually lead him to believe that breaking up his father’s company is the right thing to do. Subconsciously, he will believe that this will bring him the same sense of catharsis that he experienced in the dream.
The kick to wake up from the fortress level is simple: blow it up.
Limbo (Dream Level 4)
The deepest level of the dream world is Limbo. It is an unpredictable and chaotic place where anything is possible. The time dilation in Limbo is so extreme that decades can pass in a fraction of real time.
Cobb’s subconscious projection of Mal, who is still grieving the death of their children, haunts Limbo. She tries to sabotage the team’s mission and kill Fischer.
Saito is wounded in the first level and dies in Limbo. Cobb and Ariadne go to Limbo to retrieve him. Cobb finally lets go of his guilt over Mal’s death, which allows her to release Fischer.
Cobb and Saito shoot themselves in Limbo, which wakes them up in the real world. It is unclear if they are still dreaming or if they have finally escaped Limbo.
What Is The Deepest State Of Dream In Inception?
If you said “Limbo”, you are correct! Limbo is a dimension that can allow a dreamer to manifest their deepest desires. However, it can also unwittingly trap them in a world where they lose their awareness that the world created is not reality.
In Inception, the limbo dream level is represented by an endless ocean, which serves as a powerful symbol of the depth and complexity of the subconscious mind.
The Dream Layers In Inception In Real Time
What did you think of this video of the Inception dream layers? Want to download it? Here’s how to download the “Inception Dream Layers In Real-Time” video from YouTube and convert it to an MP4 file. Might be a good idea in case the movie studio ever takes the clip down from YouTube.
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.