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Why didn't Arthur wake up during the kick on the bridge. He was only one level deep..

I love the movie, and think its brilliant... But I suspect it was a plot mistake... He was only one level down... .It was obviously a kick.. He fly across the hallway violently.. Unless he re-sedated himself during the van's freefall.. Possible deleted scene...



Can anyone explain...


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It was most probably due to a miscalculation and the impact of hitting the bridge was not enough to be a proper kick.

There is certainly no plot mistake. Christopher Nolan has worked 10 years on the story and the actors say in interviews that there is absolutely no plot holes. 

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Arthur could not wake up because he was grounded in the dream (one level deep) by the other people dreaming under him. 

The reason he wakes up when he does is because the people that kept him grounded in that level came back to it (riding the kicks back up from deeper levels).

Cobb and Saito were not required for this since they had both slipped into limbo, and their connections with the other dreamers and dream spaces were severed (limbo is unstructured, raw subconscious).

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