OK, I finally got around to seeing this...
Someone help me out here (besides the obvious "OMG, did it fall over?!" stuff)
You have to use your own totem. No one else should know the specifics of your
totem. Well he used Mol's. How can anything be interpreted as reality or dream if his indicator is flawed? Or does it just not matter since she's dead and can't project anything?
Next, looking back after talking to someone else about this today, in all of the dreams he was wearing a wedding ring. In "reality" he was not. I can't remember now, or wasnt paying attention... when he got to the house at the end was he wearing a ring? Was the ring is totem?
Just by nature of the setup, the fact that they all ended up on the plane has to mean it was reality... right?
In that last scene you don't necessarily see it as much, but you definitely hear
top top wobble and come out of the perfect spin that had been seen before.
I did some Googling just to see what other people thought of it...
Mol was right. When she offed herself, she either woke up or went further down into limbo, but I believe Cobb was dreaming the entire time. Cobb said he got inception to work once when everyone else said it was not even possible, and the only reason it worked is because it was his dream. The whole scenario, the people, the 'crew', all manifestations of his subconscious. When they all finally woke up, and he got to finally go home, that was the top layer of his dream. That's why the top kept spinning, because it was HIS dream they were in, he finally 'woke up' from the deeper layers he was in, and made it to that last layer. That's how he was able to see his kids. Remember, Cobb said him and Mol had once gone into Limbo, and they came out of it. Well, he dreamed they came out of it. She finally realized what was going on, thanks to Cobb's inception to get her out of their dream paradise, and finally made it to the top.
I think he was dreaming the entire time. I think his subconscious rendering of Mol was his own subconscious trying to wake him up. He might have been down so deep that he was in a 50 year dream that lasted only 50seconds in real time. He is caught in his own dreamscape, down so deep that he doesn't even know where he is. He wakes up, he's in another dream. Wakes up again, in another dream. Wakes up a third time, he's back to his original dream that he perceives as his reality. That's why, no matter whose dream they were in, Mol was there- regardless of who the architect of the dream was.
WTF?! Where do I get my closure! LOL