Inception Review – Wiki and Synopsis

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Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Christopher Nolan
Music: Hans Zimmer
Principal cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy and Ken Watanabe.
Release date: 16th July 2010 (on general release).

Inception Wiki: According to Wikipedia, nception is a 2010 American science fiction action film written, produced and directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, and Cillian Murphy. The film is about Dom Cobb, a thief who has the power to enter into the dreams of others by thrusting himself into the subconscious of his targets, thus obtaining information that is otherwise impossible to access. His abilities have cost him coveted things, but a second chance allows the situation to be turned around. However, when an unforeseen enemy predicts Cobb’s every move, Cobb and his team of specialists are forced to plant an idea in a target’s subconscious. The film’s title refers to the task of planting a dream rather than stealing one, a concept that Cobb is less acquainted with.

Development of Inception began roughly ten years before the film’s actual release when Nolan wrote an 80-page treatment about dream-stealers. After presenting the idea to Warner Bros. in 2001, he felt that he needed to have more experience with large scale films. Therefore, Nolan opted to work on Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. He spent six months polishing up the film’s script before Warner Bros. purchased the script in February 2009. Filming began in Tokyo on June 19, 2009 and finished in Canada in late November of the same year.

Inception was officially budgeted at $160 million, a cost which was split between Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Nolan’s reputation and success with The Dark Knight helped secure the film $100 million in advertising expenditure. The film premiered in London on July 13, 2010 and was released in approximately 6,700 conventional theaters, 197 of which are IMAX, on July 16, 2010.

Inception Synopsis: Don Cobb (DiCaprio) specialises in Extraction – tapping into the subconscious of individuals whilst creating dream worlds and images to steal information from their victims.

When Cobb is approached by a shadowy figure (Watanabe) representing a business wishing to target a globally dominating corporation, he is presented with the perfect challenge – Inception (not to steal information from an individual but to plant the seeds of an idea into the mind of the heir to the rival business).

Cobb’s motivation is further fuelled by the fact that Inception’s success may reunite him with his estranged children in the US, where Cobb is wanted by authorities in relation to the death of his wife (Cotillard).

Inception Reviews: It’s a brain-bender, all right. One of the more audacious narrative experiments since his own Memento (2000), writer-director Nolan’s seventh feature is every bit as intelligent as it is gripping. For starters, consider the concept. A hi-tech
security consultant (DiCaprio) has devised a contraption that allows him to sneak into people’s dreams and extract vital corporate secrets. To complicate matters, his own subconscious is haunted by the figure of his late wife (Cotillard) and their two young children. Moreover, his new mission is fraught with danger as it involves planting an idea in the target’s mind instead of merely pilfering one.

Assembling a crack team, the ‘dream thief’ sends them (and us) down the proverbial rabbit hole where nothing is as it seems.

Needless to say, Inception forever confounds the viewer’s expectations. Leaving little doubt as to his talent as a story teller, Nolan demands our undivided attention. A cross between the James Bond adventures, and a Matrix-ish jigsaw thriller, the outcome is nerve-wracking till the very last frame.

The film is given a further boost not only from Leonardo DiCaprio’s persuasive performance but from the imaginative set designs, gravity-defying stunts and a pulse-pounding musical score by Hans Zimmer.

Inception is recommended whole-heartedly for those with a taste for encounters of the skittish sort.