Inception

Inception

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the best in the dangerous art of extraction: stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse; their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime.--©Official Site 3.7 out of 5 based on 18 reviews
Inception

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Genre Action / Adventure, Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Director Christopher Nolan
Cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe Leonardo DiCaprio
Studio Warner Bros UK
Release Date July 2010
Running Time 142 mins
 

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the best in the dangerous art of extraction: stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse; their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime.--©Official Site

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Reviews

Empire Magazine

Nev Pierce

Like The Matrix mated with Synecdoche, New York — or a Charlie Kaufman 007... With physics-defying, thunderous action, heart-wringing emotion and an astonishing performance from DiCaprio, Nolan delivers another true original

03/11/2010

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The Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

Speaking of Paris, it's one measure of how wide-ranging Nolan's influences are that he used the classic Edith Piaf song "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" as a key plot element. The pleasure of "Inception" is not that Nolan, as the song says, regrets nothing, it's that he has forgotten nothing, expertly blending the best of traditional and modern filmmaking. If you're searching for smart and nervy popular entertainment, this is what it looks like.

16/07/2010

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The Observer

Philip French

. The film is the stuff that dreams are made on, a collaborative work of great technical skill and imaginative detail where everyone is working to help the writer-director realise a personal vision. Like Memento, the most intellectually demanding of Nolan's previous films, Inception demands and rewards our total attention as well as our emotional engagement.

18/07/2010

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Variety

Justin Chang

Applying a vivid sense of procedural detail to a fiendishly intricate yarn set in the labyrinth of the subconscious, the writer-director has devised a heist thriller for surrealists, a Jungian's "Rififi," that challenges viewers to sift through multiple layers of (un)reality. As such, it's a conceptual tour de force...

05/07/2010

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Total Film

Neil Smith

Nolan shifts the goalposts in a high-concept hybrid that fuses existential sci-fi and Bondian mayhem into one captivating whole. But you may just end up craving a little more human connection.

17/06/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

The concept is cool and all, but think about how dreams really function for a second, and it teeters on the brink of wrongheadedness. Don’t we dream of sex, at all? Why are these mindscapes like sterile set pieces in a middling Bond movie? Inception’s not the deep wow we might have hoped for, just the big one we needed.

15/07/2010

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Time Out

Dave Calhoun

Like all good science fiction, ‘Inception’ demands we pay serious attention to pure fantasy on the back of strong ideas and exquisite craft – but it also combines fantasy with real observations about our sleeping lives. Like a dream, Nolan’s film fades swiftly in the light – but while it lasts, it feels like there’s nothing more important to decipher.

15/07/2010

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The Times

Kate Muir

As Inception unfolds, layer upon layer, Nolan provides 21st-century thrills in the way that Jules Verne and H. G. Wells did for the Victorians.

16/07/2010

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The Daily Mail

James O'Brien

Perhaps the most amazing thing is that the visual impact of the film is every bit as immense as its intellectual ambition. Almost a classic.

15/07/2010

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The New York Times

A. O. Scott

But though there is a lot to see in “Inception,” there is nothing that counts as genuine vision. Mr. Nolan’s idea of the mind is too literal, too logical, too rule-bound to allow the full measure of madness — the risk of real confusion, of delirium, of ineffable ambiguity — that this subject requires.

15/07/2010

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The Guardian

Xan Brooks

It is that rarest of beasts: a slippery, cerebral summer blockbuster that slaloms from illusion to reality and back again and leaves its viewer bewitched, bothered and bewildered.

10/07/2010

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The Evening Standard

Charlotte O'Sullivan

So why didn’t I come out of this movie feeling like my mind had been blown? There’s too much exposition and some of the one-liners are lame (“Downwards is the only way forward!”). The real problem, however, lies deeper. A crucial scene in which Cobb and his nemesis have their last encounter is woefully lacking in resonance, emotional or otherwise.

16/07/2010

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

the plot is at times so complex – the multi-level dream-sharing as Team DiCaprio dive in to share their victims’ imposed snooze – that only an IQ of 250, or a child of 10 (teethed on new-age computer games), could possibly decode it.

14/07/2010

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Along with technical brilliance and ingenuity, there is something disconcertingly self-important about Inception with a plot that clogs and flags markedly in its final act, and, however gasp-inducing its effects and invented worlds, the story's drive stalls; I can never suppress the suspicion that something more interesting might be happening in ordinary, unassuming waking reality.

15/07/2010

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The Independent on Sunday

Jonathan Romney

Save yourself a few bob: before you go to bed, watch the trailer online, eat some strong blue cheese, and let your slumbering mind write its own script for Inception. It’ll be more involving than this over-crammed, self-indulgent folly.

18/07/2010

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The New Statesman

Ryan Gilbey

For a film set in the rampant subconscious, Inception is a dismayingly tidy work. With his assumption that every shot should resemble the backdrop to a GQ shoot, Nolan (who made Memento and revived the Batman franchise) is the wrong sort of director to meddle in dreams; his film trespasses on territory covered more emphatically in eXistenZ, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Dreamscape and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, none of which shared Inception's squeamishness about the imagination.

15/07/2010

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

Inception wants badly to be a Matrix-like “reality ain’t what it seems” film, but it has very little to say about reality. It takes itself far too seriously and has no sense of fun. And if it’s a film about dreams, why does sex never appear? No doubt Nolan fans will flock to see it. To them I can only say: sweet dreams.

18/07/2010

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

A lot to digest, even at two-and-a-half hours' length. It is intricate, it is convoluted, it is mysterious. It is also lavishly boring.

16/07/2010

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