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This Time, the Dream is Real
Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, Inception is a complex sci-fi thriller that takes you around the globe and into the world of dreams. At the center of the action is ace extractor and international fugitive Dominic Cobb. He is given a chance to redeem himself and regain his life by taking on one final mission, but this time the tables are turned. Instead of stealing a dream, he has to implant one. A smart and original mystery movie, Inception will keep you in suspense from start to finish.
As of 2015, Inception is one of the top 50 highest grossing films of all time.
It took Christopher Nolan 10 years to write the screenplay for the movie.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt performed all but one of his own stunts during the fight scene in the spinning hallway.
The only characters in the film who call Cobb by his first name are his wife, Mal, and father-in-law, Miles.
The role of Arthur was originally intended for Heath Ledger before his untimely death.
- Winner of four Oscars: Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects
- Featuring an all-star cast and first-rate story telling
- Two-disc Blu-ray edition contains tons of must-see bonus material
- Also available in wide-screen DVD format
Meet the Cast
Dominic Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio)
As super-thief and hunted criminal, Cobb earns his living by extracting ideas and secrets from deep in a person’s mind and selling them to competitors.
Ariadne (Ellen Page)
A graduate student from Paris, Ariadne is hired by Cobb to architect dreams and build virtual mazes for the dreamers’ subconscious to inhabit.
Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
Cobb’s closest friend and right-hand man, Arthur is the mission’s point man. He’s in charge of collecting facts and details about their intended victim.
Mal (Marion Cotillard)
Mal is Cobb’s deceased wife, and she appears only in his dream sequences. Will she help Cobb achieve his final mission or stand in his way?
Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best there is at extraction: stealing valuable secrets inside the subconscious during the mind’s vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage but also has made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he may get a second chance if he can do the impossible: inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime. But no planning or expertise can prepare them for a dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy only Cobb could have seen coming.
In terms of sheer originality, ambition and achievement, Inception is the movie of the summer, the movie of the year and the movie of our dreams --Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine
As engrossing and logic-resistant as the state of dreaming it seeks to replicate, Christopher Nolan's audacious new creation demands further study to fully absorb the multiple, simultaneous stories Nolan finagles into one narrative experience. --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
This is a deeply felt work of art in the form of a big, brassy movie-movie. --Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian
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Hans Zimmer's score uses the song Édith Piaf made famous, Charles Dumont's "Non, je ne regrette rien," as its leitmotiv. Outstanding among the cast are Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the charming Tom Hardy, as well as Lukas Haas (as Nash). Haas is always a particularly arresting presence on-screen.
Christopher Nolan is an extremely talented director; one of my favorites I must say. Don't let bad reviews misguide you. They just misunderstand the director and his ambitions. If you need something more palatable, try his Batman series, The Dark Knight.
The acting is fantastic. The story is a great trip that really leaves you questioning what was real and what wasn't. (Sort of like The Matrix, but with less "bullet time" and crazy sunglasses)
This movie will tire you out just watching it trying to figure out what's going on.
The thing I appreciated most about this movie is that they never tried to explain the science behind the dream control machine. They just said "this is it, it works, accept it" rather than spending a half hour of the film showing how it works with some impossible explanation that made no sense. They just asked you to suspend disbelief for the length of the film and it works great!
As for the quality of the Blu Ray print, it's incredible. This film was made with a great combination of strong set design a limited (but well done) use of CGI. So the look of the film is fantastic and the Blu Ray print really picks it up masterfully.
1.) Leonardo DiCaprio does a fantastic job as the main protagonist in the film.
2.) The 'dream world' dream within a dream moments and the theory of time slowing are fun mind puzzles to unravel.
3.) The action is well paced and suspenseful.
4.) The music score and settings all flow together well.
5.) The action is nothing to sneeze at, there's quite a bit of gun play and fist fights.
I hope you check this movie out if you haven't, it's a true gem!
Nowhere is this more obvious than "Inception," which turns into a multi-level Möbius strip -- worlds within worlds, dreams within dreams. Nolan delights in being able to conjure strange worlds that could never exist in real life, but he crafts a very heartfelt, powerful story for those visuals -- a story of love and loss, ambition and power, and a broken man haunted by guilt that constantly chases him through every dream.
In the not-too-distant future (next Sunday A.D.), the military has created a technology that allows artificial shared dreaming. Within multi-leveled dreams, architects can create elaborate worlds, and special "extractors" can get information from a sleeping subject's brain. Oh, and there are several layers of dreaming, each with a different period of time passing.
The movie opens with Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) trying to extract some information from tycoon Saito (Ken Watanabe). It turns out that this was actually an elaborate audition by Saito, who wants to hire them for an "inception" -- to plant a new idea in someone's head. Cobb isn't interested until Saito offers to clear him of the murder of his wife, which would allow him to return to his young children.
Their target: Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy), who has just inherited a massive energy conglomerate from his cold, callous father. Saito wants the company dissolved before it can become too powerful, so he wants the idea incepted into Robert's head.
So Cobb gets together a gang of the best: clever forger Eames (Tom Hardy), dream-chemist Yusuf (Dileep Rao), and the new architect Ariadne (Ellen Page). But only Ariadne sees how troubled Cobb is, and that the memory of his dead wife Mal (Marion Cotillard) is deliberately sabotaging every mission he undertakes. As the team weaves their elaborate web of deception and dreams around Robert, Cobb finds that his demons are threatening their mission.
You have to give it to Christopher Nolan: he doesn't dumb down his movies for the masses. "Inception" is a hard movie to even summarize because it's constantly growing more complicated -- the team is spread out over different dream levels, with different time periods passing and different perils attacking them simultaneously. It's half heist caper and half sci-fi meta-thriller... if that even makes sense.
And while Nolan sculpts a strange Escheresque dream-world of labyrinths and never-ending stairs, he also crafts some powerful subplots about love and loss. As the plot unwinds, he intertwines Cobb and Fischer's personal issues with the main story of inception. Suddenly the constant firefights, explosions and free-falling elevators/vans aren't the only reason we're invested -- the audience is truly left wanting to see both men work out their issues and find some measure of inner peace.
It also has spectacularly good special effects, particularly Arthur's battle in the hotel -- he scampers across the walls and ceilings, grappling with projections as he floats through empty halls. Not to mention the scene where Ariadne turns a whole city upside-down... literally.
Honestly, the biggest problem with the movie is that the dreams sometimes make too much sense. Why do Fischer's projections have to actually TRAVEL to attack the team instead of... I don't know, materializing inside the building?
Nolan also populates "Inception" with a lot of actors that he's cast in other projects, especially "The Dark Knight Rises." In fact, I can't help but wonder if DiCaprio's role was originally offered to Christian Bale, because we've also got Cotillard, Hardy, Watanabe, Murphy, Gordon-Levitt and Michael Caine. There are actually only a couple major actors who haven't worked with Nolan elsewhere.
But this is one of DiCaprio's best roles, even if he's not very convincing as a father -- his Cobb is riddled with guilt and numb sorrow, and it's only prodding from Ariadne that finally gets him to confront his issues. All the other actors give lovely performances as well -- Cotillard is particularly wrenching as a strange shallow shade of a madwoman, as is Murphy as the downtrodden son of a powerful man.
"Inception" is the kind of movie that we desperately need more of -- a wild Möbius strip of complex ideas, brilliant direction and powerful acting. This is truly a one-of-a-kind film, and not one to be missed.