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A kick only works from the level above the current one: for example, the elevator wakes up the person from the Third Level and the van falling wakes up the person from the Second Level. There was no kick in the real world to wake anyone from the First Level, so that's why they stayed in the First Level near the end of the movie.
If dying in Limbo wakes someone up and returns them to the Third Level, then what is the purpose of blowing up the snow fortress in the Third Level if there is already a way to wake someone up from the level below?


Blowing up the snow fortess in the Third Level would wake you up in the Second Level, and since they were about to die in the second level, they were almost instantly redirected to the first level, in which they had to wait until the sedative weakens for them to wake up in reality.

Anon_208 commented 2010-08-09 17:08:53 UTC
Anon_296 commented 2010-08-09 17:48:23 UTC
Nonono, I've found the answer. The kicks have to be timed on both levels at the same time.

Also, I've said before in the question that it was the ELEVATOR that wakes them up from the third level and the van hitting the water that wakes them up from the next. I was basically asking that if there were four kicks in total (van, elevator, hospital, limbo death) why were there only three awakenings (onto Third Level, onto Second Level, onto First Level)? But I already got the answer. Thanks.
Anon_208 asked the question 2010-08-09 21:08:46 UTC view / hide
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