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21,189 Ratings


Directed by Christopher Nolan
United States, United Kingdom, 2010
Sci-Fi, Action


Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, an elite thief who has mastered the art of stealing valuable secrets from people’s dreams and is given the dangerous task of trying to implant an idea into the mind of a corporate CEO.

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Inception Directed by Christopher Nolan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2011 | 4 wins including: Best Achievement in Cinematography

2011 | 4 nominations including: Best Achievement in Art Direction

Village Voice Film Poll

2010 | Winner: Worst Film

American Film Institute Awards

2011 | Winner: Movie of the Year

National Board of Review

2010 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Nolan’s maximalist style helps gloss over a minimalist conceit: the movie is all pop philosophy minus the philosophy.
August 16, 2010
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I suggest that the purpose of the film not to explore the dream life but rather to use the idea of exploring the dream life to justify creating a complex narrative experience for the viewer. That is the purpose of the film; the dreams operate as alibis.
August 06, 2010
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[When the van begins to fall over the bridge,] it dawned on me that Nolan has elevated exposition of new premises to the main form of communication among characters. Discussion of their personal relationships, hopes, and doubts largely drops out. As the Russian Formalists would say, exposition, usually given early on and at wide intervals later in a plot, becomes the dominant here.
August 06, 2010
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What are people saying?

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Inception

    A megalomaniac conception of post-cinematic, digital and video-game-induced spectacle, Nolan's much lauded film has all the Russian doll-like structure worked out well as the team plunges deeper into the dreamworld and imminent catastrophe, yet for all its digital and adrenaline-pumped pyrotechincs, it remains tethered to the corporate ideological system it aims to debunk, aiming to steal the spectators' dreams...

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Inception

    20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE DREAMS. NOLAN succeeds an original challenge: to explore & manipulate the unknown of mind, by travelling between reality & 3 layers of dreams. Cunning, exciting & gripping. A few lengths. === 20.000 LIEUES SOUS LES REVES. NOLAN réussit un pari original: explorer & manipuler l’inconscient en voyageant entre réalité & 3 couches de rêves. Habile & passionnant. Parfois saisissant. Des longueurs.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Inception

    If Nolan wasn't conforming to the modern plot heavy gymnastics of modern mainstream films, some of his intriguing, but greatly unanalyzed ideas, could have elevated him to an auteur. Instead, it confirms my belief that he's talented, but is the most overrated English-language born director of the aughts decade and beyond, perhaps only with the exception of the film-school-in-a-box technique of Paul Thomas Anderson.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Inception

    Towing the line between his mainstream and experimental affectations, Nolan pays homage to 'La Jetee' in this meta-narrative, hall-of-mirrors, Escher-esque, dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream premise. Whilst 'Memento' remains his greatest cinematic achievement, there is much of merit in a film where an ensemble cast shine alongside the intricacies of this carefully conceived Rubic's cube narrative.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Inception

    Over-the-top praise for this film has obscured any real possibility for discussion. I don't place much value in the ambiguous ending, and I wish earlier parts of the film were infused with more mystery and imaginative disarray. The visual experience is enjoyable, but I never felt any attachment to DiCaprio's character.

  • Ozu_Teapot's rating of the film Inception

    Well... I probably liked it more than two stars might suggest but at the same time it didn't really grip me. I really like Ellen Page but here she was pretty much just used as Ms. Exposition which was disappointing...

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Inception

    Despite criticisms that his work is cold and mechanical, there's an emotional centre here that makes it work. For all its hi-tech adornments, it's really the story of a broken man building a system of artificial representations to keep alive the memory of a departed love. Cities are presented as literal labyrinths of the mind, but it's the decaying city, dying without love, that is the film's most pertinent metaphor.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Inception

    After watching it twice my opinion hasn't changed much. Yes, the theme is original: planting life-changing ideas during sleep time, dreams-within-dreams. However, it seemed more like an excuse to present some cool shots and sequences (like when dreams fall apart, the kicks, the no-gravity hotel, the Limbo) sometimes overpowered by too much gunshot sequences. A little more restraint would have made it better.

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