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A 2010 movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan.

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Extremely Thought Provoking Film!

  • Aug 9, 2010
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+4
I was blown away by this film which has a great cast of actors!  Leonardo DiCaprio (Cobb) has mastered the art of "architecting" dreams and pulling others into the dream.  Once in, he is able to gain the other person's secrets, as people are less cautious about guarding information in their dreams. 

Throughout the film he has a goal of getting back to the United States to see his two children.  This may be impossible because he is somewhat responsible for the death of his wife (Mal).  He makes a deal with a powerful businessman (Saito) that if he can plant an idea for another businessman (Fisher) to break up his company, Saito will ensure that Cobb can pass through customs without a second look.

Cobb uses a team to accomplish this mission including Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Arthur) and Ellen Page (Ariadne).  Ariadne has exceptional talent and learns to see and architect dreams rapidly.   The team needs to bring Fisher through three levels of a dream to put the idea in his mind that his company needs to be broken up.

The movie goes on to explain that at each deeper level of dreaming time can pass very slowly (as much as decades in the lowest level) because the brain is so powerful, while very little time passes in the real world.  Cobb and his Mal had experienced and entire lifetime within a dream.  Mal seems to constantly be in Cobb's dreams and always wants to destroy the fabric of the dream.  Cobb carries a small top that he uses to let him know whether her is the dreamer or he has been brought into a dream created by Mal.

I highly enjoyed this film and found it so thought provoking.  The acting was first-rate and Ellen Page is developing into one of the top actresses around.  The film is very complicated and requires several viewings to really understand everything.  For that reason I didn't give it a full five stars.

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August 13, 2010
I'm gasping at your +3 rating! :P  All the other folks rated this a +4 to +5 and the only other person who rated it lowly was @jrjohnson with this review.   Sounds like you still enjoyed it though.  I'll have to check it out.  Thanks for sharing!
August 13, 2010
Good catch! I first posted the review at Amazon as a four and copied it over. I must have been asleep when I was clicking on the stars. I have made the adjustment.
August 13, 2010
Oh! So @jrjohnson's still on his own :P
 
August 09, 2010
hey, nice review! I forgot to mention that 'time' thing in my own review--it is pretty amazing how that works out. I wonder how many actual years passed since Cobb and his wife did grow old once in the dreamworld...thanks for the review, Michael!
August 09, 2010
Thanks Woopak. One of the things I probably missed from this viewing was how Cobb and Mal got to the level where the dreams could last that long without the drugs. I am not sure whether that was explained. This is one of the things I need to rewatch the film to see if I missed something.
 
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Inception is a 2010 American science fiction film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a thief  who extracts information from the subconscious mind of his victims while they dream. Unable to visit his children, Cobb is offered a chance to regain his old life in exchange for one last job: performing inception, the planting of an idea into the mind of his client's competitor.
 
Development began roughly nine years before Inception was released. In 2001, Nolan wrote an 80-page treatment about dream-stealers, presenting the idea to Warner Bros. The story was originally written as a heist film, inspired by concepts of lucid dreaming and dream incubation. Feeling he needed to have more experience with large-scale films, Nolan opted to work on Batman Begins, The Prestige and The Dark Knight. He spent six months polishing up the script for Inception before Warner Bros. purchased it in February 2009. Filming spanned six countries and four continents, beginning in Tokyo on June 19, 2009 and finishing in Canada in late November of the same year. Composer Hans Zimmer scored the film, using parts of Edith Piaf's song "Non, je ne regrette rien".
 
Inception was officially budgeted at $160 million, a cost that was split between Warner Bros. and Legendary ...
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Director: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: July 16, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Christopher Nolan
Runtime: 148 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Syncopy Films, Legendary Pictures
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