(12,991)8.82 h 28 min2010X-RayPG-13
A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.
Christopher Nolan
Leonardo DiCaprioKen WatanabeJoseph Gordon-Levitt
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Marion CotillardElliot PageTom HardyCillian MurphyTom BerengerDileep RaoMichael Caine
Christopher NolanEmma Thomas
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JazzReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Overacting: Inside the Actors's Studio...
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Why would Saito hire a group of people for a job when they couldn't even accomplish their first job extracting information from his mind? Wouldn't he want to hire people with a better success ratio? Cobb says he's the best and then his whole team fails right after, so... I guess perception is subjective eh? Lol

Why did Cobb rush to the belief that accepting Saito's inception job offer would also solve his law troubles so he could return back the states on faith alone so quickly? Wouldn't he want to know more information about him first before accepting the offer? When he talks to Michael Caine in the lecture hall he sounds overwhelmingly convinced the job offer is the solution to everything, but why? Overacting?

Where did the first "kick" come from to trigger the avalanche in the 3rd level if JGL hadn't blown the floor in the 2nd level and the van hadn't hit the water in the 1st level?

How also was JGL on Level 2 with only "3 minutes" remaining able to make it down a flight of stairs and fight/kill a guy in the process, then fight/kill a guy in the hallway while bouncing around, THEN find the time to rope and bundle all of his comrades, push them into the elevator and THEN blow it.

When Fischer dies on Level 3 and gets pushed into Level 4/Limbo, why is Level 4 Cobb's world? Shouldn't it still be Fischer's limbo world since they're all still inside his multi-layered dream??

Every few years, I rewatch this movie hoping to get insight into why so many people consider it in their Top 5 of all-time, but it falls short every time. Yes the CGI and slow-mo is uber creative and cool and the concept is a nice spin on the "dream within a dream" trope, but a little more attention to the story setup would've been nice to add some plausibility. Suspension of disbelief really only stretches so far in the minds of your audience, not to mention Marion Cotillard and Leonardo Dicaprio have ZERO on-screen chemistry with each other and we're supposed to believe they were married and he can't get over her? Eh...

Names... Dom Cobb, Mal Cobb, Ariadne... There's something that feels pretentious about the character names chosen for the story. None of them seem to fit any particular person terribly well, which adds to their unrelatability. Even though you know the names of Cobb's children, it feels like he's fighting to get back to the "idea" of them, but you don't get any sense of why really? Come to think of it - most characters in the movie feel like "ideas of people" instead of multi-dimensional characters we can invest in. Granted not every movie requires a backstory for every character, but I do want to at least care about some of them?

Cobb doesn't emanate love for who his kids actually are and we get no real sense of them as people. They're one-dimensional plot devices used to justify his obsession, which is incredibly disappointing. I would feel a lot more for Cobb's struggle if we could actually feel for and empathize with the people that matter (or are "supposed to matter") most in Cobb's life. Also, who the hell is his children staying with after he flees the country? Their grandmother we're meant to insinuate from the earlier phone conversation? If he was able to arrange for them to have someone to stay with, he would've had time to see their faces again, no? Are the grandparents divorced or why does Michael Caine's grandpa work and live in a different country than grandma but will still be able to bring home "presents" for Cobb's kids? Is he flying back to the states after the semester? Who gives Cobb the suggestion/plane ticket to flee in the first place and why does he have to leave at that EXACT moment? You mean to tell me he couldn't have taken 5 seconds to run outside and wave goodbye to his kids to see their faces even while in a rush? Yeah, no.

And how long has Cobb been gone from the states exactly after he fled? A few months, a few years? If it's the latter and the kids still haven't aged at the end of the movie, why is everyone asking if Cobb is still dreaming? They're literally wearing exactly the same outfits and have the same hairstyles as the day he left however long ago lmao.

I wonder if the studio execs demanded Christopher Nolan cut down the movie's runtime significantly which subsequently removed a lot of the necessary plot setup scenes, which would be a damn shame. Nolan is a great director, but I doubt an extra 10/20 minutes to smooth out and not rush through all of the aforementioned issues would've been that big of an issue. They did a disservice to what could've been a truly great story, hence why I keep rewatching.
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CantanopyReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is something amazing...
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Inception has been making it to my favorite movie I have ever seen, and pushed E.T. out of the way. With a lot of effort though; I love the little alien that I had seen in the cinema when I was 6 years old.
But Inception is something special; something really amazing.

It is not often that you will find a story-line so well thought out, and a movie so well written and acted as this one. Movies about dreaming and hi-jacking other people's dreams usually feel corny. And here it feels so real that you take it all to be unquestionable. Clearly, the people writing this movie have covered the tracks so well, that just like the people who get dreams force-fed in the movies, we take it all for reality.

Like a freight-train this movie starts with a slow pace to quickly pick up speed, and instead of leaving it there, adds only more speed to the mix. It never is over-done, but when the movie comes to an end and the pacing slows down again - it is a welcome experience. It is a long movie, but it is a ride that you won't forget.

I like Christopher Nolan's work, and love his style of approaching a story and putting it into a film, but this to me is his masterpiece.
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AmygdalaReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Japanese stereotyping - check.
James Bond - check.
Stylized concept (think Matrix) - check
Sexy movie star - check
Sexy movie star's sex interest - check.

The writers obviously were tied because no professional writer would put out crap like this. Someone should sue them for theft. Also, can't they "age" someone to look half-natural? There has to be a makeup artist who knows how to age someone.

It was horrible. I hated every second.
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Knuckle87Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
) Leonardo DiCaprio does a fantastic job as the main protagonist in the film
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I'm not going to bore you with a drawn out armchair review, I'll give you 5 bullet points in favor of the film(1 for each star).

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!
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A classic that introduced a story and effects never seen before and questioned what is real
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Inception was one of those movies that so blew your mind after watching it you had to see it again and again to try to figure it out. I saw it three times in a theater and many more times afterward. I’d been impressed with Christopher Nolan when I saw Memento in 2000 which has one of the most original scripts ever put to film, then with the Prestige in 2006 and the Dark Knight in 2008. Inception took his movie making to a new level. The movie is about questioning reality. If dreams are part of your subconscious and feel real who is to say they aren’t?

The plot surrounds Leonardo DiCaprio as Cobb, a man that used military technology to delve into people’s brains using dreams to steal from them. He’s hired by Mr. Saito (Ken Watanabe) to do something different, in plant an idea into his rival’s mind, something called inception. The problem for Cobb is that he has a problem separating his dreams and past memories from reality. If someone is lost in a dream they may never come out and be lost in a place called limbo. Cobb takes an entire team into the mind of Saito’s rival a businessman named Fischer (Cilian Murphy) and there lies the dilemma. Will they be lost down there? Will Cobb’s own memories come in and trap them? This ties to the theme about what is reality. Cobb thinks his past is still alive by his own doing. Doesn’t that make them real?

The story is part science fiction, part espionage, part personal exploration. Nothing like it had been seen before. The plot was thick and rich. The acting was amazing. The effects in the dream scape where landscapes could fold and bend were never seen before. The ending left everyone talking about exactly what it meant. In short, Inception became a classic and remains so to this day.
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Jon WatersReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
You Can Be in My Dream If I Can Be in Yours
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Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010) imagines a lucid-dreaming scenario in which humans can deliberately enter into a common dreamscape and interact with each other within their individual dreams. Is it possible? The answer from Christopher Nolan is, “Yes.” His stellar cast of actors drives home the point.

The Nolan brothers like to start with a giant leap into a theoretically possible world as a premise for a film, then work out the elaborate details into a believable fantastical universe. Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2000) imagines a life in which the main character has no short-term memory—barmaid Carrie-Ann Moss tests him by spitting into Guy Pearce’s drink after he tells her he can’t remember what he did or said five minutes ago, and sure enough a few minutes later he drinks it down. Jonathan Nolan’s Westworld (HBO) imagines a world in which human-like androids are indistinguishable from humans—gorgeous Talulah Riley meets newcomer Jimmi Simpson as he gets off the train to begin his visit, and answers his question “Are you real?” with “If you can’t tell, what difference does it make?”

The real mental phenomenon of lucid dreaming is what supplies the believability to the dreamworld of Nolan’s Inception, that occasional dream that is so vivid, so accurate, so prescient that we seem to be sharing the dream. Artists know the experience. It can be life-changing. Patti Smith sings, “I was dreaming in my dreaming Of an aspect bright and fair And my sleeping it was broken But my dream it lingered near And my senses newly opened I awakened to the cry That people have the power To redeem the work of fools.” And Patti lived every waking moment as a champion of her lucid dream of social justice. The inspired artist’s unconventional work outlasts the ideologue’s bland slogans. Join the dream!
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Logan J MaceReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is laughably inconsistent
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This movie is not difficult to understand and its "depth" doesn't amount to much. Its also one of the worst offenders of show don't tell, where all these rules are declared in order to make the plot function (the limbo stuff, the "specially formulated sedative that also makes your brain work faster" etc) rather than showing consequences to make it a believable world. Even more annoyingly, the movie then violates its own internal logic, rendering all those dramatic contrivances kinda silly. The emotional climax with Leo and his wife/children also fell completely flat and felt boringly cliche. Visually speaking, still very impressive, even 8 years later. Which I suppose is why everyone loves this movie. So can we stop pretending it was great for its plot and "depth?"
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J HoltReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Bad Audio
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The audio is clear, but it's too loud during action scenes, then too soft during dialogue. If you're going to watch this on Amazon, prepare yourself to constantly adjust your audio.
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