Am I the only one who sees the glaring parallels between the two films? I saw Jacob's Ladder fairly recently, but after giving the movie some thought, it came to me that it reminds a lot of Inception -- or Inception reminds a lot of Jacob's Ladder. They not only share a similar plot structure, but similar themes as well. Jacob's Ladder is obviously a much more gritty and cerebral film, but see for yourself:
The protagonist is unsure if the world around him is real or not? Check.
The protagonist grieves for the loss of his loved one and blames himself for it? Check.
The plot of the film revolves around a conspiracy? Check.
The plot shifts between time periods and settings to confuse the audience on what is real and what is not real? Check.
The ending is about the protagonist coming back to his past and facing the truth to be reunited with someone he loves? Check.
And there are some more literal similarities. Such as the scene where the protagonist is thrown into the bath of water in order to come back from the dream.
Since Inception was originally meant to be a horror movie, I think Mr. Nolan could've used that movie as an inspiration for the original version of the movie, which he wrote back in the early 2000s. Which I buy more than that nonsense about Nolan "ripping off" Paprika.