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Explaining Inception: an FAQ Guide

Guide to the dreams within dreams in the movie Inception.
Spoiler Alert! This guide contains key plot information and you should watch the movie first before reading it.

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If Cobb's totem is his ring, what's the sense of him spinning it several times in the movie? » Improve Q
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1. At the beginning of the inception mission (when they are on the plane) I noticed that the primary target they are trying to incept, (Fischer) was also hooked up to the machine. So does the secondary dreamer need to be hooked up to the machine on Each level as they go deeper? Or only on the first one which is due to that being the Initial/reality. Example: Yusuf on the city level is driving and is not hooked up to the Machine. 2. What happens if the main target (Fischer) dies? Like he does in Level 3, while also actively using his sub conscious mind currently? Shouldn't the world collapse instantly and/or they all go in limbo? How could they still use his mind and be in it instantaneously? when fischer (primary, and current mind) gets killed? 3. Is it safe to assume that there is a main/primary dreamer, and a secondary/sub one? An example of this is when they are in the first level (The City) they are in Fischer's mind, but when they go deeper inside (Next Level) YUSUF is the dreamer but yet Fischer is still the target and primary? 4. On level 3 (the snow fortress) Fischer dies, therefore he goes in limbo. (This should also create a paradox due to him dying and being the mind they are currently using..which is not eames, as most had assumed...which they stated when they were in the hotel room hooking up to the machine while going to the next level). Meanwhile Cobb and Ariadne goes after him, using the machine. But by using the machine they should've gone to the next level, not limbo. To go after Fischer, they needed to die also in level 3 to follow him. These are the questions I have after watching the movie 5 times since it's release. And not in consecutive, back to back viewing. » Improve Q
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Before they get on the plane they say that 10 hours under the sedative gives them something like a week in level one and then a month in level two and so on. I can't remember the exact amount of days. Then it seems everything takes place in a few hours in level 1 and they wake up when the sedative wears off. » Improve Q
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Can someone please explain how the team was asleep for the whole flight (10+ hours - they begin the inception and wake up to "landing") and didn't age in the respective dream layers appropriately? if my calculations are correct: ~10 hours in the "real world" would translate to = Level 1: 5 days = Level 2: 90 days = Level 3: 5 years. Saito aged, yeah, he was in limbo; but, if respectively, it was 10 hours that they were asleep for.. then each mission/dream layer would have to correlate with the timing and the activity.... which realistically, doesn't make sense at all. What's up with that holmes? » Improve Q
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who's responsible for extracting & exiting one from a dream, while the other team members sleep » Improve Q
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Why couldn't Eames (for example) impersonate Fischer's father directly and tell him straight away that he wants him to be himself. » Improve Q
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Why does mr saito become much older than Cobb in the deepest level? » Improve Q
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How was Dom able to expunge Mal from his mind? » Improve Q
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Why are Mal and Cobb facing each other during the suicide scene? If she's jumping from the window of the same room he's in, how can he be looking straight at her from across a gap? » Improve Q
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why did cobb have to stop being the dreamer if the world is populated by the subject's subconscious? Isn't it more dangerous if Mal, from his own subconscious, is being projected into the dream? » Improve Q
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