Inception

Inception

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Inception

Cryptically described as a contemporary sci-fi action thriller "set within the architecture of the mind", this is director Christopher Nolan's follow-up to smash-hit The Dark Knight.

Leonardo DiCaprio is Dom Cobb, an expert in "subconscious security". He's a high-tech agent who steals ideas from his targets while they sleep, manoeuvring through their complex and surreal dreamscapes. Cobb's rare ability has made him both a coveted player in the world of corporate espionage, and an international fugitive. Now Cobb is offered one last job and the chance to get his life back. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: not steal an idea but to plant one.

His wife is played by Marion Cotillard, and Ellen Page is his intern sidekick. Joining them are Nolan regulars Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy and Ken Watanabe. The film was shot around the globe, including Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris and London.

Winner of 4 2011 Academy Awards - Best Cinematography, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.
2010Rating: M150 minsUSA, UK
ActionScience FictionThriller
Director:
Christopher Nolan ('The Dark Knight', 'The Prestige', 'Batman Begins', 'Insomnia', 'Memento')
Writer:
Christopher Nolan
Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprioEllen PageMarion CotillardJoseph Gordon-LevittCillian MurphyMichael CaineKen Watanabe
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

If Inception is a metaphysical puzzle, it's also a metaphorical one: It's hard not to draw connections between Cobb's dream-weaving and Nolan's filmmaking -- an activity devoted to constructing a simulacrum of reality, intended to seduce us, mess with our heads and leave a lasting impression. Mission accomplished.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

Quite frankly though, Inception is mind blowing, mind bending kind of stuff.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Inception does a difficult thing. It is wholly original, cut from new cloth, and yet structured with action movie basics so it feels like it makes more sense than (quite possibly) it does.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Popcorn meets profound in mind-bending sci-fi thriller.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A tremendously exciting science-fiction thriller that's as disturbing as it sounds. This is a popular entertainment with a knockout punch so intense and unnerving it'll have you worrying if it's safe to close your eyes at night.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

In a summer of remakes, reboots and sequels comes Inception, easily the most original movie idea in ages.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Like The Matrix mated with Synecdoche, New York — or a Charlie Kaufman 007. To paraphrase Casino Royale’s Vesper Lynd, it’s a meaningful pursuit in a summer of disposable entertainments. With physics-defying, thunderous action, heart-wringing emotion and an astonishing performance from DiCaprio, Nolan delivers another true original: welcome to an undiscovered country.

5.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Sometime in the near future, some clever clog has invented the device that will let us share our dreams with other people, or more sinisterly, to invade those of someone else.

0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

This film gave me a bit of a headache, but oddly, not in a bad way. It was from concentrating so hard not to miss anything while trying to take it all in.

0

Movies are like dreams. INCEPTION plays with the dream theory, spinning illusion assuredly as the director's pevious THE PRESTIGE. Wonderful soundtrack, editing, effects and cinematography and a great cast (including the great Tom Hardy). One that benefits from repeated viewing. Yes, it's easy to pastiche (see SOUTH PARK's brilliant "It's like a taco...

5.0
0

This movie is brilliant. Visually amazing and a great story. Have heard people say that it is hard to follow, but if you pay attention, you will keep up just fine. I will say that the dvd release is disappointing. Given the interesting way that the movie was made, it would have been awesome for the standard dvd to include much more behind-the-scenes stuff.

5.0
0

My teenage kids & I watched it & loved the special effects but that was all. Story line was like a dog's breakfast, all over the place. Most comments here centre around not being intelligent enough to appreciate it. Well, I'm a high school teacher & my teenage kids attend Uni achieving regular high grades so you so called intellectual people go & suck eggs.

2.0
0

You must be intelligent and prepared to concentrate hard on this one! Its story line is confusing and far fetched but I still loved it surprisingly. Room for a sequel??

4.0
0

Awsome movie! must see

5.0
0

Despite the excellent concept, superb effects and outstanding cast, Inception fails to engage emotionally. At no stage are you particularly interested in the characters or their predicament. It's stunning viewing, but overly long. Those who consider this a complex and intellectual movie were clearly distracted by the ultra slow mo and explosions. The ending...

3.0
0

Too much action and not enough plot/character development for my taste, got a bit bored. Some great ideas, acting and visuals. Leonardo really is brilliant in these kind of angsty roles. Always a mistake to expect a 5 star movie to be perfect....so I'm giving it 4.

4.0
0

Inception has to be one of the best film going experiences I have ever had. Sure, the rest of Christopher Nolan's films have been amazing, but Inception tops them all with the awesome scenes and a strong, original and intelligent script. Not to forget the amazing ensemble cast, headed by a wonderful Leonardo DiCaprio with stand-outs from Joseph...

5.0
0

The effects were good but the story failed to engage, with the movie seeming overlong. (Time slowed down alright). The romantic part of the story failed to spark, what with one of the characters already being non-present (in a way). Disappointing. I never felt the on-edge excitement of hoping the characters get out of a predicament.

2.0
0

I enjoy plot-driven, procedural films. This is essentially a heist movie, so I liked how all the parts of the plan came together. It was fun to watch. I particularly liked the music and the way it was cut together.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

If Inception is a metaphysical puzzle, it's also a metaphorical one: It's hard not to draw connections between Cobb's dream-weaving and Nolan's filmmaking -- an activity devoted to constructing a simulacrum of reality, intended to seduce us, mess with our heads and leave a lasting impression. Mission accomplished.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

Quite frankly though, Inception is mind blowing, mind bending kind of stuff.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Inception does a difficult thing. It is wholly original, cut from new cloth, and yet structured with action movie basics so it feels like it makes more sense than (quite possibly) it does.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Popcorn meets profound in mind-bending sci-fi thriller.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A tremendously exciting science-fiction thriller that's as disturbing as it sounds. This is a popular entertainment with a knockout punch so intense and unnerving it'll have you worrying if it's safe to close your eyes at night.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

In a summer of remakes, reboots and sequels comes Inception, easily the most original movie idea in ages.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Like The Matrix mated with Synecdoche, New York — or a Charlie Kaufman 007. To paraphrase Casino Royale’s Vesper Lynd, it’s a meaningful pursuit in a summer of disposable entertainments. With physics-defying, thunderous action, heart-wringing emotion and an astonishing performance from DiCaprio, Nolan delivers another true original: welcome to an undiscovered country.

5.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Sometime in the near future, some clever clog has invented the device that will let us share our dreams with other people, or more sinisterly, to invade those of someone else.

0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

This film gave me a bit of a headache, but oddly, not in a bad way. It was from concentrating so hard not to miss anything while trying to take it all in.

0

Movies are like dreams. INCEPTION plays with the dream theory, spinning illusion assuredly as the director's pevious THE PRESTIGE. Wonderful soundtrack, editing, effects and cinematography and a great cast (including the great Tom Hardy). One that benefits from repeated viewing. Yes, it's easy to pastiche (see SOUTH PARK's brilliant "It's like a taco...

5.0
0

This movie is brilliant. Visually amazing and a great story. Have heard people say that it is hard to follow, but if you pay attention, you will keep up just fine. I will say that the dvd release is disappointing. Given the interesting way that the movie was made, it would have been awesome for the standard dvd to include much more behind-the-scenes stuff.

5.0
0

My teenage kids & I watched it & loved the special effects but that was all. Story line was like a dog's breakfast, all over the place. Most comments here centre around not being intelligent enough to appreciate it. Well, I'm a high school teacher & my teenage kids attend Uni achieving regular high grades so you so called intellectual people go & suck eggs.

2.0
0

You must be intelligent and prepared to concentrate hard on this one! Its story line is confusing and far fetched but I still loved it surprisingly. Room for a sequel??

4.0
0

Awsome movie! must see

5.0
0

Despite the excellent concept, superb effects and outstanding cast, Inception fails to engage emotionally. At no stage are you particularly interested in the characters or their predicament. It's stunning viewing, but overly long. Those who consider this a complex and intellectual movie were clearly distracted by the ultra slow mo and explosions. The...

3.0
0

Too much action and not enough plot/character development for my taste, got a bit bored. Some great ideas, acting and visuals. Leonardo really is brilliant in these kind of angsty roles. Always a mistake to expect a 5 star movie to be perfect....so I'm giving it 4.

4.0
0

Inception has to be one of the best film going experiences I have ever had. Sure, the rest of Christopher Nolan's films have been amazing, but Inception tops them all with the awesome scenes and a strong, original and intelligent script. Not to forget the amazing ensemble cast, headed by a wonderful Leonardo DiCaprio with stand-outs from Joseph...

5.0
0

The effects were good but the story failed to engage, with the movie seeming overlong. (Time slowed down alright). The romantic part of the story failed to spark, what with one of the characters already being non-present (in a way). Disappointing. I never felt the on-edge excitement of hoping the characters get out of a predicament.

2.0
0

I enjoy plot-driven, procedural films. This is essentially a heist movie, so I liked how all the parts of the plan came together. It was fun to watch. I particularly liked the music and the way it was cut together.

4.0
0