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A 2010 movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan.

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  • Jul 26, 2010
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A film like Inception only comes along once a decade, and it's no surprise it took Writer/Director Christopher Nolan over ten years to polish the screenplay into its final form. The loud and frenetic visuals in the trailer all fall into place when you see the film, which represents a masterful blend of genres and ideas, some of which have been attempted before but never in this combination. Unlike so many Jerry Bruckheimer visual onslaughts or the recycled franchises that use continuous split-second cuts to replace plot, the major set pieces in the film leave the audience literally on the edge of their seats, and it's one of the few blockbusters in memory that can be enjoyed as both a top-notch action movie and a deeply cerebral experience. 

In fact, Inception is a perfect film on so many levels that it's breathtaking to watch. Apart from the technical wizardry of bringing some of the mind-bending visuals to the screen, the real triumph is in conveying its complex, layered concepts and plot lines in a way that never lectures or loses the audience and never takes a break from the action to lay down exposition. Unlike the sequels to the Matrix, where the attempt to develop the alternate reality of the first film became convoluted and ludicrous in the second and third installments, Inception has enough fresh ideas to feel like an entire trilogy perfectly woven into one coherent and gripping movie. And with a running time of 2.5 hours, it's remarkable that it never once drags or lingers on unnecessary scenes to reach the conclusion. 

For fans of Memento, it will seem like that film was just Nolan was warming up to getting Inception just right. Roger Ebert made an interesting observation when he said it's a film that defies spoilers, in that even if you know the ending, it's meaningless without knowing how you got there. For film-buffs and screenplay enthusiasts, the richness of the dream-within-a-dream reality and the effortless jumping between different timelines and dreamers' worlds will be studied for years. And even though the film happens primarily in dreams, Nolan avoids the temptation to use the weirdness of the the dream world just to show us something different that ultimately doesn't make sense. 

And yet despite the tight plotting, fastidious direction and pitch-perfect score from Hans Zimmer, it's the performances of a flawless cast that pulls the whole thing together. Leonardo DiCaprio once again shows us he's one of the finest actors working today, and any one of the supporting cast creates an Oscar-worthy performance. Amongst a remarkable cast, the real star is Marion Cotillard who, in playing the subconscious projection of Leonardo's deceased wife, is both warm and completely terrifying, and grounds the challenges of the hero to chilling effect. She provides the darkness of the theme in the same convincing way that Heath Ledger epitomized the black undertones of The Dark Knight. 

With Inception, Christopher Nolan underscores himself as one of the best Writer/Directors in Hollywood, and continues to develop not only his own storytelling but the capabilities of his crew, many of whom we've seen in previous films. I don't think you'll see a better film this year, and seeing this was the first time in a long time I walked out of the movie theater thoroughly entertained, intrigued and inspired.

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August 02, 2010
Excellent review - I can't wait to see it!! I think DiCaprio, with his back-to-back hits with Inception and Shutter Island, is going to be an extremely HOT actor in huge demand.
August 03, 2010
Thanks! I think you'll enjoy this one. DiCaprio is definitely one of the top actors out there right now.
 
July 26, 2010
sweet review! I saw this again for the 2nd time two days ago and it was even better. That ending was an awesome expression of something that made it appear within his brain....that Cobb just didn't care anymore. Thanks for adding your review to our community, this movie is hot!
July 26, 2010
Thanks - I'm going for viewing #2 this weekend. :-)
 
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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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