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.
- Christopher Nolan
- Christopher Nolan
- Warner Bros.
- Warner Bros.
- Legendary Pictures
Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010) is a thrilling science fiction drama about the art of stealing secrets from a person's dreaming subconscious. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page, the movie involves corporate espionage, a tragic love story, and catastrophic alterations to the world as we know it. The movie is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, for rent on Amazon Prime's streaming service and Netflix DVD.
The most skilled extractor, Dominic Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), is on the run after being blamed for the death of his wife. Extremely gifted but also very much in danger, Cobb takes on risky jobs that involve stealing secrets from the dream worlds of high powered corporate officials. After a failed job, he is contacted by the elusive Mr. Saito (Ken Watanabe), who wants Cobb to perform the an impossible task: inception of an idea into the mind of a rival businessman. Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) is poised to inherit from his father a massive business empire, and Saito wants Fischer to believe that he must break this empire apart. Saito promises that, should Cobb succeed in planting the idea, he will have his name cleared and be able to return to his children. Cobb then enlists a crew of men and women to perform the job, characters played by Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ellen Page (also significant in "Super" available on Netflix). Throughout the course of the story, the characters discover that Cobb is tortured by the memory of his ex-wife, Mal.
While the crew prepares for the job, they also become more and more aware that Mal, played my Marion Cotillard, has a vendetta against Cobb, and infects his subconscious with vicious sabotage. Cotillard appears also in The Immigrant and Big Fish, both of which can be streamed on Netflix. Cobb and his architect, Ariadne (Ellen Page), design a maze that will confuse their target, Fischer, and eventually convince him to allow them into the deepest parts of his mind. They design several levels of dream world, eventually bringing Fischer to a place where he is most vulnerable for the implantation of an idea. Once in the deepest level of his subconscious, Cobb and the others show Fischer the true desires of his ailing father: that he dissolve the empire for his own happiness. The crew must fight with the vindictive presence of Mal, Cobb's pain, and Fischer's own mental protections, all while avoiding the most dangerous mistake of all: falling into limbo, a subconscious state so deep that no one awakes.
Released by Warner Brothers in 2010, Inception boasted a $160,000,000 budget and made over $62 million at opening weekend. The film grossed $292,576,195 in the United States and made a total of $825,532,764 worldwide before its closing date of January 6, 2011. The film shot in England, the United States, Tokyo, Japan, Tangiers, Morocco (as Mombasa), Canada and France. The score was composed by Hans Zimmer, also composer of Nolan's Batman Trilogy and Interstellar. Inception can be rented through the Netflix DVD mailing service. The movie's conclusion is unclear and has generated significant speculation and theory as to whether or not Cobb was successful.