Inception’s Endless Staircase


I just had an opportunity to see Christopher Nolan’s new blockbuster titled Inception. It features Leonardo DiCaprio in main role, and the movie is courtesy of Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. Needless to say, this movie got some of the highest ratings in 2010 (9/10). I found it entertaining enough, but not even close to being best movie I’ve ever seen. Will probably forget everything about it in day or two. But why am I writing all this, is because of a peculiar moment, found somewhere at 40th minute of the movie. Not to reveal any spoilers, two of the main characters found themselves on what appears to be Escher inspired staircase. It appears they keep climbing the ascending staircase, while in fact it’s only an illusion. Check out the first screenshot below, and another one inside this article for solution. Would like to hear your comments on movie itself!

  • Xy

    Wow….this illusion is awesome! I never did know how those staircase illusions worked. Thanks!

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  • JMAN12

    This seems to be a very common illusion…AWESOME!!!!!

  • Bryce

    No spoiler alerts here, but Inception IS a great movie. It’s difficult for a movie to be both action packed AND cerebral at the same time, but Inception pulls it off. They’ve also done a great job of keeping several “levels” running at the same time without losing the audience. Best of all, you find that you’re second-guessing yourself the entire movie . . .even at the conclusion. Kind of like Escher staircase . . .you think you know what you’re seeing, but is that REALLY what you’re seeing?

    • Agreed! It was an awesome movie, despite the fact that some of the characters’ personalities seemed one-dimensional.

  • Anon

    “I just had an opportunity to see Christopher Nolan’s new blockbuster titled Inception”
    “I just had the opportunity to download the DVD-Rip of Inception as it has just recently been released” fixed! :P lol xD just kidding of course ;-)

    • Batman

      Not here in Europe

  • Hi

    you can tell that the picture is an illusion because where its not connected, there is no bottom railing thingy

  • Saw the movie and on this specific scene, MOIllusions came to my mind :D

    Excellent movie, indeed!

  • Care Bear

    Welcome to my world.

  • Inception ruined in 3 panels :D ->


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  • Noxie

    I was the opposite of you, i thought this WAS the best movie i’ve seen in 2010 (so far) I’m almost sure Harry Potter 7-1 will beat it when it releases and maybe Sint will as well.

  • jaxx

    It is well done. The only thing that spoils it form me is the one hand rail does not go up the stairs. It is a good illusion none the less.

  • exuse me but you took this long to see inception?!?

    • i dont think spoiler alerts will be a problem

    • Valerie

      Some of us haven’t seen it yet! I am ashamed. I Will buy it and look out for the illusion though.

  • Inception is one of my all time favorites. And this illusion is always cool =)

  • Mizer

    I loved the movie! my brain hurt by the end of it.

  • some optical illusion adect

    thats how it works O_O

  • Blue

    I thought inception was a great movie. Ellen Page’s character was a bit underplayed but other than that it was pretty damn cool.
    I’ve got a book of Echer’s and love this illusion, the use of it in the movie (i thought) was done well. Love the “inception ruined in 3 panels” by the way :D

  • Gman`

    I thought the first half was alright…

    …fell asleep…

  • Leo DiCaprio is a great actor. He was especially terrific in “The Aviator” portraying Howard Hughes. I felt so sorry for Mr. Hughes suffering through that painful mental illness. Leo seemed to be actually living the role. Sad to see that he is no longer as good looking as he was when he was younger, but hey, we ALL get older.

  • Its amazing to see that the stair is like a never ending story, you going and going through it but it really never ends. Thats the perfect illusion and i am sure that its the idea of a beautiful mind that is creative and innovative. Thanks a lot….

  • GaryZ

    What I really like about Inception in addition to the plot is the mind blowing-earth bending CGI magic. Best CGI since the movie 2012 which really raised the bar for CGI.

  • notarealname

    harry potter is that you

  • efrain

    soo cool!!!!

  • The-Penguin


  • LOL


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