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When the mission begins, why does Cobb see the train and his children in the first and second level? Yusuf and Arthur are the dreamers, and both, the train and the children, are projections from Cobb, aren't they? Why does Cobb see them?

That might be because the whole film is actually Cobb's dream as one of the theories says.

Other dreamer's projections can also populate the dreams. It is Cobb's subconscious angst and guilt pushing through. It is the same reason Mal appears in other people's dreams, and why it is dangerous to have Cobb on the inception mission, as Ariadne recognizes.

B.H.T asked the question 2011-01-08 23:35:44 UTC view / hide
Shaka_Adim provided an answer 2011-05-14 12:36:28 UTC view / hide
Steven Parry improved the answer 2011-10-04 22:57:36 UTC view / hide

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