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Inception (2010)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 16 July 2010 (USA)
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A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.


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Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute 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. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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The dream is real. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inception: The IMAX Experience  »

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$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,912,814 (UK) (16 July 2010)


$292,568,851 (USA) (31 December 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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A big part of Cobb's motivation is his desire to see his children again, and Saito finally convinces Cobb to do the inception by promising to use his political connections to allow Cobb to return to the US. However, no thought is given to bringing Cobb's children to Europe to visit him. See more »


[first lines]
Saito's Attendant: He was delirious but asked for you by name. Show him...
Japanese Security Guard: He was carrying nothing but this...
Japanese Security Guard: And this...
[spinning top]
Saito: Are you here to kill me?
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Written by Hans Zimmer
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Worst Film of 2010
8 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film should have been awarded a Razzie for having the worst plot, that is if such an award exists. The plot was immensely difficult to follow. I remember reading one of a free cinema magazines while watching it at the cinema. The plot is in a dream, that is in another dream that is in a dream while he is dreaming, or something along those lines. For the first half an hour or so I was engaged with the film's plot. Who wouldn't be interested in the idea that Nolan was playing with? But he took his ideas too far in the case of 'Inception.' The whole thing just became ridiculous.

The bizarre plot had an effect on the other aspects of the film. The otherwise brilliant action scenes became surprisingly dull. As I often had little idea of what was going on, to me the action scenes just seemed pointless as I did not know what the characters motives were.Despite this, the action scenes and the cinematography did offer a real spectacle.

Again, one of the positives was that the acting was, admittedly of a good quality. DiCaprio, Page, Caine and Postlewaite all had good performances. But is was such a shame that I was not able to follow the development of the characters because of the plot.

Overall, if you enjoy a mind-boggling plot then 'Inception' will be for you. If you want a film that you will enjoy from start to finish without having to get into it, 'Inception' will not be for you.

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