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The scene in Mombasa was real or not?

Mombasa was most likely real. He was able to recruit two team members and was found by Saito. While projections in the film can be imitations of real people, he had never met Yusef and he showed up later in what is most definitely the real world. Also, the people here attacked him, violently so. This is all very convincing evidence to the reality of the events in Mombasa.

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the fact that Saito finds him almost magically, the almost "paradoxical architecture" of the tiny alleyway (why would an alley of this width exist in reality?), the guy in the coffee shop turning hostile against him for seemingly no reason, the fact that he tells Eames to meet him downstairs inside the bar and Eames is waiting outside and the surreal opium-den-style dream-junkie room with Yusef's weird side-kick speaking very strangely all point to it being a dream.

Anon_188 commented 2010-08-05 06:09:34 UTC
The scene in Mombasa was indeed real
Anon_186 asked the question 2010-08-05 07:42:24 UTC view / hide
Anon_277 commented 2010-08-05 10:53:38 UTC
No, it was filmed in Tangiers, which the filmmakers believed would a suitable filming location similar to Mombasa.
Michael Wayne Bushee commented 2010-08-05 19:33:06 UTC
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dmlloyd commented 2010-08-15 10:06:52 UTC
~ "While projections in the film can be imitations of real people, he had never met Yusef and he showed up later in what is most definitely the real world"
- So? Saito had never met Dom before the first dream of the film, and they later meet in reality.

~ "Also, the people here attacked him, violently so"
- So? There are violent attacks in just about every dream throughout the whole film.
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