Rent Inception (2010)

3.8 of 5 from 1462 ratings
2h 22min
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Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best there is at extraction: stealing valuable secrets inside the subconscious during the mind's vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage but has also made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he may get a second chance if he can do the impossible: inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime.
But no planning or expertise can prepare them for a dangerous enemy who seems to predict their every move. An enemy only Cobb could have seen coming.
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Christopher Nolan, Kanjirô Sakura, Yoshikuni Taki, Emma Thomas
Christopher Nolan
Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb, Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat, Wally Pfister, Pete Bebb, Paul J. Franklin, Gary A. Rizzo, Richard King, Lee Smith, Lora Hirschberg, Ed Novick, Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat, Hans Zimmer
Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers

2011 BAFTA Best Production Design

2011 BAFTA Best Sound

2011 BAFTA Best Visual Effects

2011 Oscar Best Cinematography

2011 Oscar Best Sound Editing

2011 Oscar Best Sound Mixing

2011 Oscar Best Visual Effects

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142 minutes
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Widescreen 2.40:1
English, Hungarian, Polish
Arabic, English, English Hard of Hearing, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian
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148 minutes
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Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
English, Spanish
Castillian, Danish, English, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Extraction mode
  • Dreams: Cinema of the subconscious
  • Inception: The cobol job
  • Soundtrack from Hans Zimmer's versatile score
Release Date:
Run Time:
148 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Castilian Spanish, Czech, English, English Audio Description, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latin American Spanish, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Thai, Turkish
Arabic, Brazilian, Cantonese, Castillian, Chinese, Complex Mandarin, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German Hard of Hearing, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Mandarin, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
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Reviews (11) of Inception

Over-rated tricksy blockbuster - Inception review by PV

I know some people love this movie and that the critics loved it too and that the script is favourite to win the best screenplay oscar but - I just didn't like it. I found it boring, predicatble and nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is.

I do so hate these Hollywood mocies that think they're intellectual and profound; OH NO THEY ARE NOT! They are just tricksy and gimmicky and adolescent.

Not original either - the Stephen King TV movie the Dead Zone was about living in dreams too - as were many ancient texts. I suppose the difference here is that this is big budget with loads of CGI and Leonardo di Capuccino doing this thing. But it did nothing for me, I'm afraid.

I found myself looking at my watch wondering how long before it finished - BUT if you like adolescent stuff like the Matrix, you'll love this.

1 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Head-spinning - Inception review by PS

Dream worlds that people can enter. How do they know what is real and what isn't? What happens if they don;t come back out of the dream world? Slickly edited, head-spinning stuff, with superior effects and enough excitement to paper over the ambiguities, complexities and implausibilities (what does a dream architect actually DO?). Well worth watching, and with good added extras.

0 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Rubbish - Inception review by AB

Only managed to watch 10 minutes of this before giving up. The sound quality is terrible (really quiet dialogue prompting you to turn the sound up, followed by booming music and action, which is then far too loud) but worse than that the film is totally incomprehensible! Call me old fashioned but I do like to have a clue what's going on when I watch a film.

3 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Inception review by Adam Minor - Cinema Paradiso

2010’s Inception is a mind-bending foray into the land of nod. Director Christopher Nolan helms this unique story about a man who specializes in extracting information from people’s dreams.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb, an experienced extractor who, along with his partner Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are hired by various entities to extract information from certain people. The team, however, is hired by Saito (Ken Watanbe) to do just the opposite, implant an idea in a rival businessman’s (Cillian Murphy).

Though not impossible, inception, as it’s called, is much harder than extraction. For this, Cobb and Arthur assemble a team of other dreamers played by Ellen Paige, Tom Hardy and Dileep Rao to complete the mission. But can Cobb, who still struggles with remorse from his wife’s suicide, keep himself together long enough to complete the mission and keep everyone alive?

What follows is a supremely interesting and confusing story.

Essentially, Inception is a modern day heist film told that boldly distinguishes itself through its originality.

Christopher Nolan has always set himself apart from the pack with his unique point-of-view towards story. He even manages to make a 70-year old character seem new with his Batman films. He gets credit for writing and directing this one.

Where the film loses its steam is throughout its complex plot. There are moments in the film when it seems as though the movie takes its rules for granted. For example, in the opening scene, it is stated that if you die in a dream, you simply wake up. However, later in the plot and deeper into the dream world, they say that if you die while you’re a dream this deep, that you die in real life. Though they give an explanation, it still seems as though they’re changing the rules to fit the plot.

Wally Pfister, the director of photography, won the Oscar for best cinematography, and it was more than deserved. The beautiful landscapes, intricate motion and flawless framing added a sense of pulchritude that’s hard to get in an urban setting. The film also brought home awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing at this year’s Oscars, and again, all of them deserved.

The actors and characters of the film are what ground its complexity. Leo is wonderful as the broken Cobb and Joseph’s Arthur is the perfect compliment for the team. Ariadne, whose name is as complex as the plot serves as little more than the audience’s guide to the dream-world is saved by Ellen Paige. Even Nolan alum Michael Caine makes a guest appearance as Cobb’s father.

Though it struggles with maintaining its structural integrity, the talent with which it was made and its sheer originality gives the modern audience, who’ve grown tired of the consistently hackneyed stories permeating our cinemas, what we’ve been dreaming of.

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