Check This Out: Nifty 'Inception Explained' Scrollable Online Guide

March 23, 2012

Inception Explained

"You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling." We've already seen endless posters, graphics and artwork online illustrating the various layers of the complex plot in Christopher Nolan's 2010 dream action-thriller Inception, but this one takes the cake. A web designer named Matt Dempsey has created a site called Inception Explained (found via The Pixel Pulse), that uses javascript and CSS to explain various layers/dreams of the plot, as you scroll down. I'm sure by now many of us completely understand what happens in Inception, but this is still a cool recap and beautifully designed explanation, worth checking out.

Inception Explained

All you have to do to follow the story is click over to and start scrolling down on the page, and you will see the explanation and animations as they pop up. Beware there are spoilers, of course, as this goes through a full explanation of what happens in Inception. But by now, if you've seen the movie as many times as I have, you already know what every layer is and who gets lost where, and how, and why, but of course the ending is still ambiguous. Or is it? That one will always remain a mystery, and I keep hearing theories about what's really going on. I love well-designed movie stuff like this anyway, cool to see.

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments


This is cool stuff. Inception is timeless. Nolan is genius. TDKR will shake the world. I need to write longer sentences.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 23, 2012


'nuff said.

Manuel on Mar 23, 2012


Hemingway would disagree about the longer sentences. =]

2na Lordhavemercy on Mar 27, 2012


He would, wouldn't he?  What about Inception? He should be down with that. 🙂

Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 27, 2012


Was anyone really that confused with Inception? I mean for a movie that was supposedly a mindf_ck it was very easy to follow, imo. 

Xerxexx on Mar 23, 2012


Yeah, had no problems following, it was well done. Still, it's great to see stuff like this, it just proves what a boom Inception was (and will be).  However, I found Donnie Darko to be quite difficult to follow. Didn't figure it out until after I watched the director's cut and read an explanation on a site. Stupendous...

Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 23, 2012


 Agreed. Inception is awesome, and I'm not the biggest Nolan fan ever. Donnie Darko was hard for me at first, but reading comments from Richard Kelly really helped. The movie was/is fantastic. For Kelly its Donnie Darko and Southland Tales then the rest.

Xerxexx on Mar 23, 2012


Okay, I'm trying to load the page and it's taking forever. It must be stuck in limbo.

Brad Stephens on Mar 23, 2012


I thought Inception was daft. But Nolan isn't my most favourite director in the world. Nice bit of CSS/Javascripting though, it's funny though if that was done in Flash 5 years ago I doubt anyone would have cared.

Crapola on Mar 23, 2012


I take it you're a Twilight fan?

Geoffrey Shauger on Mar 25, 2012


Eh? Why does not liking Inception mean I have to like Twiglets?The way that the whole film told you the plot in blow by blow breakdowns of everything that was happening like a parent explaining something to a child proved to me that Inception was made for people with very little brain power.It left nothing to the imagination at all. Secretly you probably like Twilight, it's cool man, it's a geeky film site, we won't judge you.

Crapola on Mar 27, 2012


We are offtopic, but Donny Darko was mentioned 🙂 Go take a listen to this podcast, it's Kevin Smith and Richard Kelly talking about Darko. Well, it's more Kelly explaining Darko to us. It's not what you think it is.

David Banner on Mar 24, 2012


Everyone keeps asking things like, "Was it reality or a dream?" and that isn't even what it was supposed to mean... the ending was supposed to imply that Cobb simply didn't care anymore. He went to his kids, as opposed to watching and waiting to see if it was a dream. It didn't matter anymore. Also, it wasn't a dream. Earlier in the film, he had used the pin, or whatever it was, and it fell over. If the camera was on it 5-10 seconds longer at the end, it would've fallen over.

GregDinskisk on Mar 25, 2012


I think you're contradicting yourself. If it doesn't matter if it's a dream or reality then why do you state it's reality and bring arguments to the table? Also, I find your arguments to be futile. [SPOILER ALERT - for anyone who hasn't seen it] The pin is Mal's to begin with. How do you know it works correctly for Cobb? And how do you know the pin would've fallen over "if the camera was on it 5-10 seconds longer"? You can't know that. But it's how you perceived the film and I can't argue with that. It's all subjective. That is why this film is so great: you can talk for hours and still find different angles of understanding what's going on. I think there are as many opinions of what happens as people watched this film. And that was Christopher Nolan's goal from the start: to make us question. 

Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 25, 2012


You could hear it drop after the credits.

Panzerknecker on Mar 26, 2012

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