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If you can simply get out of limbo by killing yourself, why did Cobb insist on the first dream level that Saito mustn't die? Wouldn't it have been easier to just tell Saito to kill himself when he gets into limbo?

I wondered about this too; why didn't Saito just commit suicide when he went into limbo? But I think that when a person goes into limbo on their own, they don't know they're in limbo. Cobb can't remember why he is there either, but once they meet and speak they begin to realise that they know each other from before. Cobb manages to realise they are in limbo and tells Saito to come back.  On the first level, Cobb wasn't in Limbo.  He still knew the reality.


Anon_119 commented 2010-08-04 21:04:01 UTC
i wondered this to; why didnt saito just commit suicide when he went into limbo. But i think that when a person goes into limbo on their ow they dont know they are in limbo. Cobb cant remember why he is there either, once they meet and speak they begin to realise that they know each other from before and Cobb manages to realise they are in limbo and tells saito to come back.
Anon_179 commented 2010-08-04 21:28:41 UTC
I doubt the answer as, up to this moment, no solid evidene tells us the level is a dream (who is the dreamer??) or limbo. So allow me guess here:
1. If Saito enters limob in such early stage - level 1, he will be very very very old when they finish the job
2. Saito seems never been limbo before, it is so risky to let he goes there alone
But that lead to another question - Why Saito has to be there with team through out the whole adventure?
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Lalalalla commented 2011-06-18 14:20:59 UTC
Didnt u listen to wat cobb and yusuff said? Yusuffs sedative was too strong and by killing saito he will enter limbo instead of waking up
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Bruce Wayne commented 2013-02-01 19:40:10 UTC
Saito did not kill Cobb and hinself to get out of Limbo, as escaping limbo by death cannot be done. Earlier we saw Mal trying it, in which she killed herself. To escape Limbo, the dreamer must realise he is dreaming and that Limbo is not reality, causing the dreamer to wake up in reality. As Cobb and Saito missed all the kicks, they would have to wait for the seditive to leave their blood system so they would just wake up, as this all takes place during a dream, or in this case dreams inside dreams.
justiceforusall commented 2013-03-01 12:56:32 UTC
This is confusing because the movie makes it seem like Cobb and Mal escaped limbo by killing themselves with the train; however, it also shows them immediately waking up from limbo which is improbable so if nothing else, you can escape limbo via death.

Youcef also stated that you "can't even think about trying to escape until the sedation--Decades. It could be infinite." which implies because of his special chemical concoction, the effect of limbo is way worse than under normal circumstances. This makes me question why was Cobb and Saito able to escape so easily? How as Fisher?
justiceforusall commented 2013-03-01 12:56:48 UTC
This is confusing because the movie makes it seem like Cobb and Mal escaped limbo by killing themselves with the train; however, it also shows them immediately waking up from limbo which is improbable so if nothing else, you can escape limbo via death.

Youcef also stated that you "can't even think about trying to escape until the sedation--Decades. It could be infinite." which implies because of his special chemical concoction, the effect of limbo is way worse than under normal circumstances. This makes me question why was Cobb and Saito able to escape so easily? How as Fisher?
Bruce Wayne commented 2013-03-01 13:05:27 UTC
@justiceforusall No, you're getting it wrong. Cobb only planted the idea of escaping Limbo by death in Mal's head, which is why she dreamed them dying by getting run over by the train (she is dreaming this while still in Limbo), and that is also why she died when she jumped off the windowsill, or else Cobb would be dead if Saito had shot him. Also, Youcef DID say this, but in Limbo we see Saito as a very old man, meaning they had both been down there very long. So, I still believe that the drug had worn off by then, and by believing that they were still dreaming, escaped.
Julia commented 2013-04-06 20:34:38 UTC
That doesn't makes sense, @ Bruce Wayne. I do seem to recall that bit about Cobb planting the idea into Mal's mind, but that doesn't explain why Cobb survived and Mal died, or what one even has to do with the other. Mal died because she didn't believe Cobb when he said that they were actually in reality.
She didn't die because it wasn't possible to come out of limbo by killing onself.
Also, only Saito was seen as a very old man, not Cobb.
Akash Tyagi commented 2016-11-05 14:28:53 UTC
The only idea Cobb planted in Mal's mind was "this world is not real" so that she would wake up but idea "stuck" in her mind even after they woke up and even, in REALITY, she kept believing that "this world is not real" and committed suicide.
Thanks to @ Bruce Wayne, for clearing up how to escape limbo. You solved it!

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