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Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe


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Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) writes and directs this psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) doesn't steal things, heSee more details below


Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) writes and directs this psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) doesn't steal things, he steals ideas. By projecting himself deep into the subconscious of his targets, he can glean information that even the best computer hackers can't get to. In the world of corporate espionage, Cobb is the ultimate weapon. But even weapons have their weakness, and when Cobb loses everything, he's forced to embark on one final mission in a desperate quest for redemption. This time, Cobb won't be harvesting an idea, but sowing one. Should he and his team of specialists succeed, they will have discovered a new frontier in the art of psychic espionage. They've planned everything to perfection, and they have all the tools to get the job done. Their mission is complicated, however, by the sudden appearance of a malevolent foe that seems to know exactly what they're up to, and precisely how to stop them.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Directors have been trying to replicate the world of dreams since the beginning of cinema, and acknowledged masters like Buñuel and David Lynch became renowned for their ability to visually articulate the subconscious mind. With his ingeniously inventive psychological thriller Inception, Christopher Nolan stakes his claim on this ambitious cinematic territory. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a thief who, with the help of his partner Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), steals information from victims' dreams while they sleep. After a rare failure on his most recent corporate espionage job, their intended mark, Saito (Ken Watanabe), makes Dom an offer he can't refuse. Turns out our main character has legal problems stemming from his wife's death that prevent Dom from returning to the United States to see his children. The rich and powerful Saito offers to wipe away those troubles if Dom will, instead of stealing an idea from a particular business competitor, put an idea into the man's mind. Most believe this task, known as "inception," isn't possible, but Dom knows from personal history that he can do it. Aside from putting together the right team to get the job done, Dom's biggest obstacle is his deceased wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard). More precisely, it's his memories of her, because when he goes into people's dreams he brings his own subconscious with him, and Dom's projections of Mal constantly undermine his efforts. One of the most striking aspects of Inception is that it looks like a big-budget special-effects spectacle, but it sounds like a talky art film -- it's an ambitious combination of something like Dreamscape and Last Year at Marienbad, but with a somber tone. Revealing much more about the plot would be unkind because learning Nolan's rules for traveling through other people's subconscious is most of the fun. For a movie so dependent on exposition -- traditionally the most boring element of any story -- Inception skillfully (though not always gracefully) makes it work. Nolan keeps us off-balance with both the visuals and the storytelling so that we will listen closely when the characters explain various intricacies -- like how to force themselves awake out of a dream within a dream within a dream. Half the reason a director casts a powerful figure like DiCaprio is to help the viewer through all the information. Sure, DiCaprio has the chops to play a haunted man with magnetic vulnerability -- much as he did in Shutter Island -- and Inception is another chance to appreciate why he's on the short list of genuine movie stars. But his engaging presence also helps sell the movie's insanely intricate plot developments; since Cobb always seems like he knows exactly what's going on, we trust that it all makes sense. And what exactly makes sense is an unavoidable question throughout Inception. Nowhere do we suspend disbelief as readily, willingly, and automatically as when we dream, but Inception comes uncannily close to grabbing us just as authoritatively. Because of that, it makes complete and total sense while it's playing, but upon reflection the gaping logical holes are too numerous to list here. Logic isn't what matters most in Inception, though. For all the detailed talk about mazes and architecture and chemistry and neuroscience, the movie is most concerned not with the brain but with the heart. Like The Prestige, Nolan gives viewers an ending that is open-ended enough that you could read the film in various ways, and how you react to the movie will tell you more about yourself than it will about Nolan. But that's true of dreams as well, because interpretations of dreams mean far more than experiencing them. Nolan has given us a dream we can share -- a puzzle to dissect, debate, and ponder -- and odds are strong that the conversations Inception inspires will end up being just as interesting as the movie itself.

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Performance Credits
Leonardo DiCaprio Actor,Cobb
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Arthur,Actor
Ken Watanabe Actor,Saito
Ellen Page Ariadne,Actor
Marion Cotillard Actor,Mal
Tom Hardy Eames,Actor
Dileep Rao Yusuf
Cillian Murphy Actor,Robert Fischer Jr
Tom Berenger Actor,Browning
Michael Caine Actor,Miles
Pete Postlethwaite Maurice Fischer
Lukas Haas Nash
Tai-Li Lee Tadashi
Claire Geare Phillipa (3 years)
Magnus Nolan James (20 months)
Taylor Geare Phillipa (5 years)
Jonathan Geare James (3 years)
Tohoru Masamune Japanese Security Guard
Yuji Okumoto Saito's Attendant
Earl Cameron Elderly Bald Man
Ryan Hayward Lawyer
Miranda Nolan Flight Attendant
Russ Fega Cab Driver
Tim Kelleher Thin Man
Talulah Riley Blonde
Nicolas Clerc Bridge Con Sub
Coralie Dedykere Bridge Con Sub
Silvie Laguna Bridge Con Sub
Virgile Bramly Bridge Con Sub
Jean-Michel Dagory Bridge Con Sub
Helena Cullinan Penrose Sub Con
Mark Fleischmann Penrose Sub Con
Shelley Lang Penrose Sub Con
Adam Cole Bar Sub Con
Jack Murray Bar Sub Con
Kraig Thornber Bar Sub Con
Angela Nathenson Bar Sub Con
Natasha Beaumont Bar Sub Con
Marc Raducci Lobby Sub Con
Carl Gilliard Lobby Sub Con
Jill Maddrell Lobby Sub Con
Alex Lombard Lobby Sub Con
Nicole Pulliam Lobby Sub Con
Peter Basham Fischer's Jet Captain
Michael Gaston Immigration Officer
Felix Scott Businessman
Andrew Pleavin Businessman
Lisa Reynolds Private Nurse
Jason Tendell Fischer's Driver
Jack Gilroy Old Cobb
Shannon Welles Old Mal

Technical Credits
Christopher Nolan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Chris Brigham Executive Producer
Chris Courbould Special Effects Supervisor
Guy H. Dyas Production Designer
Maggie E. Elliott Makeup
Bob Fechtman Set Decoration/Design
Luke Freeborn Art Director
Jordan Goldberg Co-producer
Sian Grigg Makeup
Mark Hitchler Set Decoration/Design
Greg Hooper Set Decoration/Design
Larry Hubbs Set Decoration/Design
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Ed Novick Sound Mixer
Nilo Otero Asst. Director
Sam Page Set Decoration/Design
John Papsidera Casting
Wally Pfister Cinematographer
Lee Smith Editor
Emma Thomas Producer
Thomas Tull Executive Producer
Dean Wolcott Art Director
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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