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A 2010 movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan.

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  • Nov 15, 2010
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Christopher Nolan does it again, and without the need of a giant rubber bat suit. Rather we are privileged to what feels like some of his earlier work in Memento or Following but with the budget of a Batman movie. Nolan takes you through the labyrinth of his mind, and with great relief you come out the other side but with the insatiable urge to go through again.

Open on our hero Dom Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, a thief for hire who can go into your mind while you sleep and extract information. But his next job requires something more, Cobb recruits an incredible ensemble cast to pull off what everyone believes is impossible - Inception.
And that is all I am physically able to say about the plot. Nolan once again creates an intricate world layered upon itself. In normal hands the task may seem daunting but Nolan takes great care in his projects, this particular one about eight years worth of care which shows on the screen.

With a plot so heavy it is easy to get lost in extensive explanation on the rules of this world. Luckily we have Ellen Page as Ariadne, the newbie to the team who is hired to build the dream world. She also serves as a guide to the audience as we travel through the maze of intricate plot points. I know what you must all be thinking, having Nolan name his female lead after the Greek goddess who guided Theseus through the Minotaur's maze in ancient mythology shows little initiative. But I suppose we can give him a pass.

Nolan puts together a great cast including some actors you may remember from his previous movies such as Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, and Cillian Murphy (Nolan reportedly loves Murphy's eyes and tries to draw attention to them whenever possible). Joseph Gordon-Levitt does great work as Leo's right hand man and provides some stability to Leo's character that is starting to play unhinged so well someone may want to put him on suicide watch. Tom Hardy looked to have the most fun in the movie as the Forger of the group. He has a suave coolness about him that steals every scene. Marion Cotillard plays the fem fatale so well that I'm glad there has been a recent resurgence in the fem fatale character.

The cinematics are dazzling in the movie, the scene that pits Joseph Gordon-Levitt fighting in and around a hotel hallway lives up for the hype seen in the trailer. All the big visual cues that would typically be there just to show off the movie are important to the story. I also always appreciate Nolan a little more due to his minimal use of green screens. Especially in this era of cinematography where a man like James Cameron can create entire worlds, Nolan still prefers using sets and wires to give his films a realer look.

Still some of the visual cues Nolan uses are goofy due to the time differential in the different dream worlds. This effect leaves a van hanging in the air for what could be a legitimate hour of the movie. In the same breath that may be the only way to distinguish just how far down the rabbit hole Nolan takes us.

The movie almost demands second and third viewings. I'm sure I will be inclined to join any of my friends who wish to go again, but I fear the length of the film will get to me a second time around. The movie takes its time getting to the main sequence of the plot, not that there were wasted frames, but rather the audience may get weighed down sifting through so much set up material.

Nolan continues his trend of creating an incredibly intricate plot with a huge payoff at the end. Any actor is lucky to gain access to his world. And the audience is treated to a summer blockbuster that will achieve more than just a huge box office earning. A-

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November 17, 2010
very nice review. I liked this movie quite a bit myself but I can see why some had some issues with it. Thanks for the review (featured it) and welcome to Movie Hype!
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review by . January 22, 2011
Inception is a rare breed of movie. Firstly, it came out in July and thus can classify as a summer blockbuster, and secondly, it does not insult the intelligence of the audience and actually takes a few brain cells to keep up with it. It's incredibly well-acted, it has an original story in a time when they are becoming harder and harder to come by, and it's a movie that will definitely be apperciated come awards time. It will probably win more awards for its technical accomplishments, and …
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review by . July 26, 2010
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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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