To the one who was asking about kicks, you need two simultaneous kicks to wake up - one from the level above, and one in your level. When the van hit the water, that was the time that the elevator hit the top, and the explosions destroyed the mountain bunker. Which is why they just ended up back in the first level - there was no kick in the airplane (ie level above the city streets).
Armandhammer wrote:Seeing that train rumble through the first dream sequence was surely something an average person does not see everyday.
After another viewing, I realize now that the train was only used as a spectacle and did nothing to intensify or contribute to a sequence of events.
In the second dream level, when the bartender shatters a glass, Dom immediately notices his two children.
So I figure it would have been cool to have that train tumble down the mountain side in the snow level when Dom sees Mal through his sniper scope. Seeing Eames dance between the guards and the train would have given that rather bland action sequence some jazz!
That, or at least have the train be a part of the action in the rain level.
I've got a few other aspects that were underused in my opinion, but I will wait on some comments first.