Top 43 Inception Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Inception facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Inception film message.

Inception (2010) The debate between people regarding the ending of Inception, was it real or not can be ended by looking at the wedding ring Cobb's wearing. In the real world he has no ring whereas the ring is present in the dreams. In the final scene he has no ring so the "happy ending" is reality.
Inception (2010) The debate between people regarding the ending of Inception, was it real or not can be ended by looking at the wedding ring Cobb's wearing. In the real world he has no ring whereas the ring is present in the dreams. In the final scene he has no ring so the "happy ending" is reality.

In 'Inception' (2010) when Cobb stealthily shoots a guard, he catches the bullet casing before it hits the ground.

Inception Trivia

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. Much of the soundtrack is composed of "Binural" sounds (two tones which are close in pitch but not identical). These sounds are scientifically proven to increase deep sleep patterns (REM), perpetuate meditation, relaxation, and minimize anxiety. Try it yourself tonight!

  2. The Main Character's name Cobb. He is named after Cobb from Nolan's debut film The Following

Inception Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - The architect that Dom hires to design the dream level mazes is named Ariadne. In Greek mythology Ariadne was a Cretan princess associated with mazes and labyrinths.
    The architect that Dom hires to design the dream level mazes is named Ariadne. In Greek mythology Ariadne was a Cretan princess associated with mazes and labyrinths.
  • Aurthur is limping. Earlier he was shot by Mal in a dream and as per her the mind remembers the pain even after you wake up. So the limping shows that his mind is still recovering from the pain.

  • 1 - Cobb and Stephen discuss the difficulty of extradition between France and the US. This is a reference to "Catch Me If You Can", a movie where Leo's character goes through that process due to an exception being made in his case.
    Cobb and Stephen discuss the difficulty of extradition between France and the US. This is a reference to "Catch Me If You Can", a movie where Leo's character goes through that process due to an exception being made in his case.

Inception Hidden Details

1 - The room that Cobb and Mal spent their anniversary in is number 3502, earlier in the film the train that invaded the first dream level is number 3502.
The room that Cobb and Mal spent their anniversary in is number 3502, earlier in the film the train that invaded the first dream level is number 3502.
1 - : the first letters of the main characters in INCEPTION spells "dreams"- Dom, Robert,Eames, Arthur,Mal and saito. Add Peter,Ariadne and Yusuf, it makes "Dreams Pay", which is how they earn their living
: the first letters of the main characters in INCEPTION spells "dreams"- Dom, Robert,Eames, Arthur,Mal and saito. Add Peter,Ariadne and Yusuf, it makes "Dreams Pay", which is how they earn their living

And Paprika (2006). Source : Filmthusiast

1 - If you take the first letters of the main characters' names - Dom, Robert, Eames, Arthur, Mal and Saito - they spell "Dreams". If you add Peter, Ariadne and Yusuf, the whole makes "Dreams Pay", which is what they do for a mind thief.
If you take the first letters of the main characters' names - Dom, Robert, Eames, Arthur, Mal and Saito - they spell "Dreams". If you add Peter, Ariadne and Yusuf, the whole makes "Dreams Pay", which is what they do for a mind thief.

Fischer gives arbitrary numbers for a combination he doesn't know. They later appear again as the blondes phone number from the bar, the hotel room numbers, and eventually the combination to his father's safe.

1 - : Eames loses his last chips, yet he is then shown cashing out 2 stacks. These are forgeries. Hence why Cobb picks one up and says "your spelling hasn't improved, how's your handwriting?" to which Eames replies "versatile" indicating his forging abilities.
: Eames loses his last chips, yet he is then shown cashing out 2 stacks. These are forgeries. Hence why Cobb picks one up and says "your spelling hasn't improved, how's your handwriting?" to which Eames replies "versatile" indicating his forging abilities.

In the first level of the dream (The City), every license plate's state nickname is "The Alternate State".

Can we make today all about character names? My favorite: in Inception (2010) the maze-maker they recruit is named Ariadne after the Greek labyrinth myth.

Micheal Caine's character hires Ariadne to be part of the job, but also to help Cobb get out of his downward spiral following his wife's death. Ariadne is the name of the Greek myth who helped Theseus escape the labyrinth.

1 - Before shooting a guard with a silenced pistol, Cobb covers the ejection port with his hand to catch the expended shell casing, not letting it fall to the floor
Before shooting a guard with a silenced pistol, Cobb covers the ejection port with his hand to catch the expended shell casing, not letting it fall to the floor
1 - Ariadne draws the circular maze that gets her the job on the cover of the notepad. This is because the paper is gridded, which would trick a human into drawing a square or rectangular shape.
Ariadne draws the circular maze that gets her the job on the cover of the notepad. This is because the paper is gridded, which would trick a human into drawing a square or rectangular shape.
1 - Ellen Page plays Ariadne in Christophe Nolan's Inception (2010). In Greek mythology Ariadne is the one who helps Theseus find his way out of the Labyrinth after slaying the Minotaur.
Ellen Page plays Ariadne in Christophe Nolan's Inception (2010). In Greek mythology Ariadne is the one who helps Theseus find his way out of the Labyrinth after slaying the Minotaur.
1 - The movie title never appears in the beginning of the movie, but appears three times during the end credits. Once at the beginning, again after the main actors and developers, and once more at the very end.
The movie title never appears in the beginning of the movie, but appears three times during the end credits. Once at the beginning, again after the main actors and developers, and once more at the very end.
1 - Christopher Nolan had Ellen Page's hair put into a bun in the dream level where they become weightless, as it was easier than her hair being down and figuring out how to shoot it floating around
Christopher Nolan had Ellen Page's hair put into a bun in the dream level where they become weightless, as it was easier than her hair being down and figuring out how to shoot it floating around

Cobb incepted into Fischer the idea to drink some water so that he could easily drug him.

: Before Yusuf ditches the van, he briefly flips off the dude trying to kill them.

1 - In the cafe where Cobb talks to Eames in Mombassa, a gentleman can be seen reading Taifa Leo. It's a real thing - and the only Swahili-language newspaper published in Kenya.
In the cafe where Cobb talks to Eames in Mombassa, a gentleman can be seen reading Taifa Leo. It's a real thing - and the only Swahili-language newspaper published in Kenya.

Ariadne gets annoyed, flips the notebook and draws the final maze on the cardboard cover because Cobb keeps tearing the pages on which she's designing her mazes.

Dom Cobb quickly leaves after Saito's heist fails because he "doesn't like trains". This foreshadows the event that continues to traumatize him throughout his career - him and Mal escaping from limbo.

A series of numbers keeps appearing. The number that Fischer gives Cobb is 528491. The two hotel rooms used are rooms 528 and 491. The number that Eames gives to Fischer is 528-491. The combination to the strongroom starts with 52, and the combination to the safe is 528-491.

Yusuf gives the finger to the guys shooting at him as he reverses off the bridge.

When Eams changes his appearance in the dream, you can see his reflection gradually change between shots

When planning the heist, they spend a lot of time within the dreams they are going to create, not only to test their architecture, but to use the time dilation effect to increase the time they have to plan the heist. [explanation in comments]

1 - Yusuf (the chemist) can be seen flipping off Fischers security right before he drives off the bridge. First time noticing it after 5+ watches.
Yusuf (the chemist) can be seen flipping off Fischers security right before he drives off the bridge. First time noticing it after 5+ watches.

When they go into different layers of sleep, you can see camera shakes and effects from the upper layers in real time.

1 - The room that Cobb and Mal spent their anniversary in is number 3502. The train that invaded the first dream level is number number 3502. A reference to Mal infiltrating Cobb's dreams.
The room that Cobb and Mal spent their anniversary in is number 3502. The train that invaded the first dream level is number number 3502. A reference to Mal infiltrating Cobb's dreams.
1 - Fischer's private jet that was supposed to make the Sydney to Los Angeles trip has the registration number VH-7JL. All Australian registered aircraft begin the letters VH
Fischer's private jet that was supposed to make the Sydney to Los Angeles trip has the registration number VH-7JL. All Australian registered aircraft begin the letters VH
1 - This location that Ariadne creates in her introduction scene to the dream world looks the same as that seen briefly in Kieslowski's Three Colours: Blue (1993).
This location that Ariadne creates in her introduction scene to the dream world looks the same as that seen briefly in Kieslowski's Three Colours: Blue (1993).

When Hobbs is shooting the guards with a silenced pistol he catches the casings to avoid detection from the other guards.

1 - If you take the first letters of the main character's names, Dom, Robert, Eames, Arthur, Mal and Saito, they spell "DREAMS". If you add Peter, Ariadne and Yusuf, the whole makes "DREAMS PAY", which is what they do as mind thiefs.
If you take the first letters of the main character's names, Dom, Robert, Eames, Arthur, Mal and Saito, they spell "DREAMS". If you add Peter, Ariadne and Yusuf, the whole makes "DREAMS PAY", which is what they do as mind thiefs.

Ending debate is finally over. Cobb's Totem is his Ring. In the real world he has no ring whereas the ring is present in the dreams. In the final scene he has no ring so the "happy ending" is reality.

The side mirrors on the van have a hard time remembering which one is supposed to be folded in

Tom Hardy's character disguises himself as their target's godfather. His transformation can be seen in the mirrors he is sitting at during a dialogue scene with DiCaprio's character.

When closing the mirrors Ellen Page seems to step over something that "isn't there." @3:00

Cobb is only seen wearing his wedding ring when he's inside a dream.

Inception poster
Inception poster

Inception Plot

A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Inception. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Christopher Nolan
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy
IMDB score 8.8