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Inception (2010)

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"Your mind is the scene of the crime."

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Details: 148 mins · English, Japanese, French · PG-13 (USA)

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(Review written in 2010)

There are few perfect films in this world, and Inception is one of them. I had extremely high expectations for this film for months before I finally got to see it. Normally, this ends in complete disaster and I am so disappointed by the end that I want to kill myself for looking forward to it. In this case, however, to quote a meme, “everything went better than expected.”

I was incredibly excited to see Tom Hardy in something that wasn’t a period drama, and he definitely didn’t disappoint me in this. The skeazier the character, the better, and Eames delivered. Joseph Gordon-Levitt impressed me in this film, as well. I was glad to see him in less lovesick teenager mode and more adult-with-a-stick-up-his-ass. He plays it well, and I wish he would do it a little more often. Ellen Page was bearable in this movie, which I didn’t expect, because I’ve never seen her play anyone but a teenager – so I was pleasantly surprised by her performance and am now looking f...(more)

(Review written in 2010)

There are few perfect films in this world, and Inception is one of them. I had extremely high expectations for this film for months before I finally got to see it. Normally, this ends in complete disaster and I am so disappointed by the end that I want to kill myself for looking forward to it. In this case, however, to quote a meme, “everything went better than expected.”

I was incredibly excited to see Tom Hardy in something that wasn’t a period drama, and he definitely didn’t disappoint me in this. The skeazier the character, the better, and Eames delivered. Joseph Gordon-Levitt impressed me in this film, as well. I was glad to see him in less lovesick teenager mode and more adult-with-a-stick-up-his-ass. He plays it well, and I wish he would do it a little more often. Ellen Page was bearable in this movie, which I didn’t expect, because I’ve never seen her play anyone but a teenager – so I was pleasantly surprised by her performance and am now looking forward to seeing her in other roles. Cillian Murphy is a god, truly. That man can’t help but be creepy in everything he does – and that is his most attractive quality. Forget the talent, I’m in it for the creeping. And Marion Cotillard? She’s absolutely flawless. I don’t care what she does in any movie, she’s impressive and beautiful. Leo DiCaprio, for me, wasn’t as worth mentioning as the rest of the cast. Perhaps I overlook him because he was on screen the most, but he did a wonderful job that didn’t impress me as much as it probably should have. (And everyone else? Well, they were good, but I’ve spent too much time on this review already.)

Anyway, sometimes you really need an action movie that manages to keep you thinking as well. Something with beautiful people, witty dialogue, explosions, lovely suits, and a mind fuck along the way. Inception was wonderful enough to fill that longing in me for a couple of months, at least. I was highly impressed. (less)

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An all time favorite.

When the credits rolled at the theater I was greatly disappointed that the movie was over. I wanted more! The amazing special effects, and drama, and music, I still did not get enough by the end. This is the movie that made me fall in love with DiCaprio and Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page and Marion Cotillard, and Ken Watanabe, and Tom Hardy, and Cillian Murphy! Did I get everyone? Because I should have because they were all amazing! I don’t care if people say that Nolan over uses this group of actors. They work very well together so why not? And Nolan better stick to Zimmer because even now 2 years after I first saw the movie my heart beats just a little faster when listening to the soundtrack.
If you have not yet seen this, you better. I really wish they would have a second showing at the theaters. I want to feel that overwhelming power of music and imagery again!

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Generally I tend to give movies starring DiCaprio a miss, because I'm not very fond of him as an actor. But the plot to this movie sounded fascinating, so I thought it was worth seeing anyway. And just like everybody else, I was blown away! Good plot, good acting and fascinating details. I'm pretty sure I found some plotholes here and there, and there were certain questions I would have liked answered, but all in all it was a terrific movie.

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"Your mind is the scene of the crime."

Plot:

Dominic Cobb and business partner Arthur perform corporate espionage using an experimental military technology to infiltrate the subconscious of their targets and extract information while dreaming. Their latest target is Japanese businessman Saito. Tiered "dream within a dream" strategies are used and dreamers awaken by a "kick" such as dying in the dream or falling. If the dreamer is the one who awakens, the dream "collapses". Each "extractor" carries a totem, a small object whose behavior only its owner can predict, used to determine whether a dreamer is in someone else's dream. Cobb's totem is implied to be a spinning top that spins perpetually in the dream state. The extraction fails when sabotaged by a memory of Cobb's deceased wife Mal. Saito reveals, after Cobb's and Arthur's associate sells them out, that he was actually auditioning the team to perform the difficult act of "inception": planting an idea in a person's subconscious while they sleep.


Saito wishes to break up the energy conglomerate of his ailing competitor Maurice Fischer by planting the idea in his son and heir Robert Fischer to disintegrate his father's company. Should Cobb succeed, Saito would use his influence to clear a murder charge against Cobb, so he can return to the United States and his children. Cobb accepts the offer and assembles his team: Eames, a conman and identity forger; Yusuf, a chemist who concocts the powerful sedative for a stable "dream within a dream" strategy; Ariadne, an architecture student tasked with designing the labyrinth of the dream landscapes; and Arthur. Saito accompanies so he knows whether Cobb and his team succeeded.


When the elder Fischer dies in Sydney and his body is flown back to Los Angeles, the team share the flight with Robert Fischer. Cobb sedates him, bringing him into the shared dream. At each stage, the member of the team generating the dream stays behind to initiate the "kick", while the other members sleep within the dream to travel a level deeper. In the first level, Yusuf's rainy downtown dream, the team abducts Fischer; however, Fischer's trained subconscious projections attack, wounding Saito severely. Eames temporarily takes the appearance of Fischer's godfather, Peter Browning, to suggest Fischer reconsider his father's will. Yusuf drives the team in a van as they are sedated into the second level, a hotel dreamed by Arthur, where the team recruit Fischer, convincing him his kidnapping was orchestrated by Browning. In the third level, a snowy mountain fortress dreamed by Eames, Fischer is told they are in Browning's subconscious, but they are really going deeper into Fischer's. Yusuf, under assault by trained projections, initiates his kick too soon by driving off a bridge, removing the gravity of Arthur's dream world and causing an avalanche in Eames' dream, a kick in which all missed. Arthur improvises a new kick using an elevator that will be synchronized with the van hitting the water, while the team in Eames' dream races to finish the job before the new round of kicks.


Due to the effects of heavy sedation and multi-layered dreaming, death during this mission will result in entering Limbo, dream space of unknown content where the dreamer could be trapped. Elapsed time in each dream level is roughly twenty times greater than in the level above it; in Limbo, the deepest level of all, the planned ten hours of outer-world time would be experienced as almost two centuries. Cobb reveals to Ariadne that he spent "fifty years" with Mal in Limbo constructing a world from their shared memories while seemingly growing old together. Returning to the waking world, they found less than three hours had passed, but Mal, convinced she was still dreaming, committed suicide, trying to persuade Cobb to do so by retroactively incriminating him in her death. He fled the U.S. and left his children behind, ostensibly in the care of his father-in-law.


Saito succumbs to his wounds, and Cobb's projection of Mal sabotages the plan by killing Fischer, sending them both into Limbo. Cobb and Ariadne enter Limbo to find Fischer and Saito, while Eames remains on his dream level to set up a kick by rigging the fortress with explosives. Cobb confronts his projection of Mal, who tries convincing him to stay in Limbo. Cobb refuses and confesses that he was responsible for Mal's suicide: having convinced her to leave Limbo by using inception to plant the idea in her mind that the world they had been living in for fifty years was not real, and hence the need to kill themselves in order to return to the real world, once back in the real world she continued to believe dying would wake her. Mal attacks Cobb but Ariadne shoots her. Through his confession, Cobb attains catharsis, choosing to remain in Limbo to search for Saito. Ariadne pushes Fischer off a balcony, bringing him back up to the mountain fortress, where he enters a safe room to discover and accept the planted idea: that his father wishes him to be his "own man", and that splitting up the conglomerate might not be a radical notion.


All team members other than Cobb and Saito ride the synchronized kicks back to reality: Ariadne jumps off a balcony in Limbo, Eames detonates the explosives in the fortress, Arthur blasts an elevator containing the team's sleeping bodies up an elevator shaft, and the van in Yusuf's dream hits the water. Cobb eventually finds an aged Saito and the two remember their arrangement, presumably drowning themselves and awakening to outer-world reality on the airplane. Saito honors the arrangement and Cobb passes through U.S. customs once the plane lands in Los Angeles. Before reuniting with his children, Cobb tests reality with his spinning top, but he turns away to greet them before observing the results.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2010-07-16 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2010-07-08 : United Kingdom

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DVD : 2010-12-07 : United States of America

DVD : 2010-12-03 : France

DVD : 2010-12-07 : United Kingdom