[68], In Inception, Nolan wanted to explore "the idea of people sharing a dream space... That gives you the ability to access somebody's unconscious mind. Inception Summary. INCEPTION has continued to baffle viewers since its release in 2010, with the ambiguous ending sparking many theories and opinions when it comes to … [42] A hotel corridor was also constructed by Guy Hendrix Dyas, the production designer, Chris Corbould, the special effects supervisor, and Wally Pfister, the director of photography; it rotated a full 360 degrees to create the effect of alternate directions of gravity for scenes set during the second level of dreaming, where dream-sector physics become chaotic. When Cobb realized they were living in an unreal world, he wanted to return and performed inception on Mal, telling her the world wasn’t real. While Cobb searches for Saito in limbo, the others ride the kicks back to reality. The dreamers all awaken on the plane, and Saito makes a phone call. Later during principal photography, Nolan was able to direct DiCaprio and Page based on this rough computer animation that Franklin had created. For the fight scene that takes place in zero gravity, he used CG-based effects to "subtly bend elements like physics, space and time. ", "Christopher Nolan on his 'last' Batman movie, an 'Inception' videogame, and that spinning top", "Michael Caine Says 'Inception' Ending Was No Dream", The Lost Unconscious: Delusions and Dreams in, "Warner gambles on an unproven commodity", "First Poster from Christopher Nolan's INCEPTION Starring Leonardo DiCaprio", "Official Full-Length Inception Trailer Is Here! Beyond the complex logistics of the dream architecture of the case and some unknowns concerning Fischer, the biggest obstacles in success for the team become worrying about one aspect of inception which Cobb fails to disclose to the other team members prior to the job, and Cobb's newest associate Ariadne's belief that Cobb's own subconscious, especially as it relates to Mal, may be taking over what happens in the dreams. [77], Nolan drew inspiration from the works of Jorge Luis Borges,[8][78] including "The Secret Miracle" and "The Circular Ruins,"[79] along with the films Blade Runner (1982) and The Matrix (1999). Nolan said, "It's always very important to me to do as much as possible in-camera, and then, if necessary, computer graphics are very useful to build on or enhance what you have achieved physically. The historic medina is south west of the cited ". Initially, Nolan wrote an 80-page treatment about dream-stealers. [117] The film held the top spot of the box office rankings in its second and third weekends, with drops of just 32% (US$42.7 million) and 36% (US$27.5 million), respectively,[118][119] before dropping to second place in its fourth week, behind The Other Guys. [189] The showrunners of the television series The Flash said its season 4 finale was inspired by Inception. The whole point of cinematic imagery is it's three dimensional... You know 95% of our depth cues come from occlusion, resolution, color and so forth, so the idea of calling a 2D movie a '2D movie' is a little misleading. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. Someone approaches Cobb and wants to hire him but instead of getting information out, the man wants Cobb to implant something, a process called "inception", which is not easy to do. Saito promises to clear Cobb's criminal status, which prevents him from returning home to his children. With Inception, viewers have a chance to see that notion get a state-of-the-art update. However, according to one interpretation Nolan's world has more in common with the works of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. An amazing story stunningly described by Christopher Nolan, in which dreams within dreams can … Yusuf, pursued by Robert's projections in the first level, deliberately drives off a bridge, initiating his kick too soon. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) perform illegal corporate espionage by entering the subconscious minds of their targets, using two-level "dream within a dream" strategies to "extract" valuable information. "Out of six times that we shot on the digital format, we only had one usable piece and it didn't end up in the film. [48] Tangier was also used as the setting for filming an important riot scene during the initial foray into Saito's mind. [190] In February 2020, American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift released a lyric video for her single "The Man", which featured visuals bearing resemblance to the film. Saito (Ken Watanabe) – The person who needs the inception to be performed on Fischer. Read full review "[136] Richard Roeper, also of the Sun-Times, gave Inception an "A+" score and called it "one of the best movies of the [21st] century. [113][114] The film had its world premiere at Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom on July 8, 2010. So he assembles his team but when they begin, there are things Cobb didn't tell his team that could jeopardize the job, and when they occur, they're not sure if they should continue. Édith Piaf's "Non, je ne regrette rien" ("No, I Regret Nothing") appears throughout the film, used to accurately time the dreams, and Zimmer reworked pieces of the song into cues of the score. The first level is Yusuf's dream of Los Angeles. In the third level, the team infiltrate a fortified mountain hospital dreamed by Eames, and hold off the guards as Saito takes Robert into the equivalent of his subconscious. ", "Did Inception Really Rip Off Scrooge McDuck? This is why the Story Goal of Inceptioncannot simply be Cobb returning home to his family. [53] The production had to wait for a huge snowstorm, which eventually arrived. Dominic Cobb is an spy who instead of breaking into a person's home, office, or even computer, gets the information he needs by getting into the person's mind through their dreams. [100], Inception and its film trailers are widely credited for launching the trend throughout the 2010s in which blockbuster movie trailers repeatedly hit audiences with so-called "braam" sounds: "bassy, brassy, thunderous notes—like a foghorn on steroids—meant to impart a sense of apocalyptic momentousness[. "[185] The animated series South Park parodies the film in the show's tenth episode of its fourteenth season, titled "Insheeption. Club, Empire magazine, and Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter. Saito wants him to initiate ideas that will lead to the surrender of his rival's corporation. Nolan took a long time re-writing the script in order "to make sure that the emotional journey of his [DiCaprio's] character was the driving force of the movie. ", "Was 'Inception' inspired by Donald Duck? "[44] On July 15, 2009, filming took place at University College London for the sequences occurring inside a Paris college of architecture in the story,[8] including the library, Flaxman Gallery and Gustav Tuck Theatre. Come in to read, write, review, and interact with other fans. For the most part "Inception" is a handsome, clever and grindingly self-serious boy-movie, shorn of imagination, libido, spirituality or emotional depth. When Mal refused to return to reality, Cobb used a form of inception by reactivating her totem, an object dreamers use to distinguish dreams from reality. [117] Inception's opening weekend gross made it the second-highest-grossing debut for a science fiction film that was not a sequel, remake or adaptation, behind Avatar's US$77 million opening-weekend gross in 2009. [166] In 2014, Empire ranked Inception the tenth-greatest film ever made on their list of "The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time" as voted by the magazine's readers,[167] while Rolling Stone magazine named it the second-best science fiction film since the turn of the century. "[134] The New York Post's Lou Lumenick gave the film a four-star rating and wrote, "DiCaprio, who has never been better as the tortured hero, draws you in with a love story that will appeal even to non-sci-fi fans. USA Today's Claudia Puig gave the film three-and-a-half out of four stars and felt that Nolan "regards his viewers as possibly smarter than they are—or at least as capable of rising to his inventive level. "[140] Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times felt that Nolan was able to blend "the best of traditional and modern filmmaking. Kroll declared that "We don't have the brand equity that usually drives a big summer opening, but we have a great cast and a fresh idea from a filmmaker with a track record of making incredible movies. "[81] Also, Michael Caine explained his interpretation of the ending, saying, "If I'm there it's real, because I'm never in the dream. [9] Nolan said that the key to completing the script was wondering what would happen if several people shared the same dream. The team abducts Robert, but are attacked by projections from his subconscious. Nominated for over 15 awards for best original screenplay, and soaring away with the coveted WGA award for writing, Inception took the world like a storm. In this way, exposition takes precedence over characterization. [125], On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 87% based on 359 reviews, with an average rating of 8.10/10. 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[58], Wally Pfister gave each location and dream level a distinctive look to aid the audience's recognition of the narrative's location during the heavily crosscut portion of the film: the mountain fortress appears sterile and cool, the hotel hallways have warm hues, and the scenes in the van are more neutral. Yusuf drives the team around the first level as they are sedated into the second level, a hotel dreamed by Arthur. "[70], While some critics have tended to view the film as perfectly straightforward, and even criticize its overarching themes as "the stuff of torpid platitudes," online discussion has been much more positive. I realized I needed to raise the emotional stakes." These sets were inspired by a mix of Japanese architecture and Western influences.[48]. Types of dreams in Inception. [150][151][152][153][154] Several sources have also noted plot similarities between the film and the 2002 Uncle Scrooge comic The Dream of a Lifetime by Don Rosa. [92][93] Warner also released an online prequel comic, Inception: The Cobol Job. [72] Paul argued that the experience of going to a picturehouse is itself an exercise in shared dreaming, particularly when viewing Inception: the film's sharp cutting between scenes forces the viewer to create larger narrative arcs to stitch the pieces together. This demand of production parallel to consumption of the images, on the part of the audience is analogous to dreaming itself. "[54], The film was shot primarily in the anamorphic format on 35 mm film, with key sequences filmed on 65 mm, and aerial sequences in VistaVision. It's a breathtaking juggling act. Mr. Cobb a unique con artist can enter anyone's dreams and extract the most valuable ideas and secrets of people with the help of "inception" (a dream sharing technology) when the state of mind is at its vulnerable best. Saito's target is Robert Michael Fischer, the heir to an energy business empire, which has the potential to rule the world if continued on the current trajectory. [88] The rest of the campaign unrolled after WonderCon in April 2010, where Warner gave away promotional T-shirts featuring the PASIV briefcase used to create the dream space, and had a QR code linking to an online manual of the device. And the only outlandish idea that the film presents, really, is the existence of a technology that allows you to enter and share the same dream as someone else. I think I get it. This structure creates a framework where actions in the real or dream worlds ripple across others. The production staged a multi-vehicle car chase on the streets of downtown Los Angeles, which involved a freight train crashing down the middle of a street. [45], Filming moved to France, where they shot Cobb entering the college of architecture (the place used for the entrance was the Musée Galliera) and the pivotal scenes between Ariadne and Cobb, in a bistro (a fictional one set up at the corner of Rue César Franck and Rue Bouchut), and lastly on the Bir-Hakeim bridge. "[138], Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 3 out of 4 stars and wrote, "I found myself wishing Inception were weirder, further out [...] the film is Nolan's labyrinth all the way, and it's gratifying to experience a summer movie with large visual ambitions and with nothing more or less on its mind than (as Shakespeare said) a dream that hath no bottom. Out of the six times we shot with the Photo-Sonics camera and 35 mm running through it, every single shot was in the movie. In Inception, this moment occurs when Cobb accepts the job from Saito effectively creating the inequity, or Big Dramatic Question, that propels the conflict to follow. The latter captures "the peculiar malign intensity of actual dreams. "[87], A viral marketing campaign was employed for the film. Marion Cotillard plays "Mal" Cobb, Dom Cobb's projection of his guilt over his deceased wife's suicide. The final phase of principal photography took place in Alberta in late November 2009. Credited as Ellen Page; he came out as transgender in 2020. Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of … [69] At Bir-Hakeim bridge in Paris, Ariadne creates an illusion of infinity by adding facing mirrors underneath its struts, Stephanie Dreyfus in la Croix asked "Is this not a strong, beautiful metaphor for the cinema and its power of illusion? Inception's premiere was held in London on July 8, 2010; it was released in both conventional and IMAX theaters beginning on July 16, 2010. [13][14] Inception grossed over $828 million worldwide, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2010. [41] There, the hotel bar set which tilted 30 degrees was built. "[36], Nolan worked on the script for nine to ten years. Seeing his abilities, he is approached by Saito to carry out an almost impossible mission not to steal, but to plant the idea into the mind of the legal heir of a billion dollar enterprenauer. Although Inception was not part of an existing franchise, Sue Kroll, president of Warner's worldwide marketing, said the company believed it could gain awareness due to the strength of "Christopher Nolan as a brand". After the 2002 completion of Insomnia, Nolan presented to Warner Bros. a written 80-page treatment for a horror film envisioning "dream stealers," based on lucid dreaming. 1, 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' to open in third", "Weekend Briefing: 'Inception' Breaks In, 'Apprentice' Lacks Magic", "Partying for a Cause at the "Inception" Premiere", "The Best Movies of the Decade (2010-19), According to Film Critics", "Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas Interview", "Joseph Gordon-Levitt Inception Interview", "Christopher Nolan Trades James Franco for Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 'Inception, "Inception's Tom Hardy Is The Forger, Darling", "Interview: Japanese Actor Ken Watanabe – Saito in Inception", "Hollywood golden boy Cillian Murphy talks about 'Inception, "Inside 'Inception': Could Christopher Nolan's Dream World Exist in Real Life? Dom is also a wanted man, as many of his past subjects have learned what Dom has done to them. [56] Nolan has also criticized the dim image that 3D projection produces, and disputes that traditional film does not allow realistic depth perception, saying "I think it's a misnomer to call it 3D versus 2D. [120], Inception grossed US$292 million in the United States and Canada, US$56 million in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta and US$475 million in other countries for a total of US$823 million worldwide. [65] The music was written simultaneously to filming,[64] and features a guitar sound reminiscent of Ennio Morricone, played by Johnny Marr, former guitarist of the Smiths. Originally, Nolan had envisioned Inception as a horror film, but eventually wrote it as a heist film even though he found that "traditionally [they] are very deliberately superficial in emotional terms." "That's very much how real stimuli get incorporated, and you very often wake up right after that intrusion. "[142], Not all reviewers gave the film positive reviews. On or about May 23, 2010, the film was in status. That's a tall order. On or about June 9, 2010, the film was in Completed status. On a 10 hour flight, Cobb (the extractor) and his team drug Fischer (the mark). High-pressure nitrogen was used to create the effect of a series of explosions. Dom is unable to control these projections of her, challenging his abilities as an extractor. Synopsis The location manager discovered a temporarily closed ski resort, Fortress Mountain. These kicks must occur simultaneously, despite time flowing faster in each successive level. Inception is the kind of movie that gets you thinking and the film’s complex plot is the sort of thing that almost demands unraveling. "[126] Metacritic, another review aggregator, assigned the film a weighted average score of 74 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Nolan did not shoot any footage with IMAX cameras as he had with The Dark Knight. Everything in life starts off as an idea. A Film Analysis of Inception If “true inspiration is impossible to fake,” explains a character in Christopher Nolan’s existentialist heist film Inception and If that’s the case, then Inception is one of the realest films ever made. [162], In March 2011, the film was voted by BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra listeners as their ninth-favorite film of all time. [7] The ensemble cast includes Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Elliot Page,[a] Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. This causes an avalanche in Eames' level, and removes gravity on Arthur's level, forcing Arthur to improvise a new kick synchronized with the van hitting the water. [105] Inception was released on 4K Blu-ray and digital copy along with other Christopher Nolan films on December 19, 2017. Cobb is also a fugitive who misses his children. If you're searching for smart and nervy popular entertainment, this is what it looks like. ]"[101] However, different composers worked on the teaser trailer, first trailer, second trailer, and film score, meaning that identifying the composer(s) responsible for that trend is a complicated task. "[141] [43] The filmmakers originally planned to make the hallway only 40 feet (12 m) long, but as the action sequence became more elaborate, the hallway's length was increased to 100 feet (30 m). Cobb makes peace with Mal's death. "[135] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film a full four stars and said that Inception "is all about process, about fighting our way through enveloping sheets of reality and dream, reality within dreams, dreams without reality. It's as if someone went into their heads while they were sleeping and planted the idea that Inception is a visionary masterpiece and—hold on ... Whoa! Cobb tells Ariadne that he and Mal entered limbo while experimenting with the dream-sharing technology. For the Paris-folding sequence, Franklin had artists producing concept sketches and then they created rough computer animations to give them an idea of what the sequence looked like while in motion. [46] For the explosion that takes place during the bistro scene, local authorities would not allow the use of real explosives. An air hostess connects the group to a machine which administers a heavy sedative and puts them all to sleep inside Yusuf (the chemist's) dream. "[71], Nolan himself said, "I tried to work that idea of manipulation and management of a conscious dream being a skill that these people have. Production: What we know about Inception Filming Timeline. Inception can fundamentally alter that person as a being. Filming moved to the Los Angeles area, where some sets were built on a Warner Bros. sound stage, including the interior rooms of Saito's Japanese castle (the exterior was done on a small set built in Malibu Beach). The main story of Inception is: A father, Dominic Cobb is trying to get back to his children, James and Phillipa. This time we want to share a very contemporary film. With a production run of less than 2,000, it sold out in one weekend. The science fiction action movie tells the story of a man named Dominick Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) who accepts a challenging offer, an impossible mission called “Inception” - transplant one person's ideas into another's subconscious. Arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, Cobb passes the immigration checkpoint and Miles accompanies him to his home. 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. "[81] The film's script concludes with "Behind him, on the table, the spinning top is STILL SPINNING. [147] Other critics read Inception as Christian allegory and focus on the film's use of religious and water symbolism. Of course, some cinematic dreams are tougher to crack than others, like all the mind-bending visions in Inception.Christopher Nolan's dream-heist film tells the story of … But Inception is something special; something really amazing. Taglines Inception had nearly 500 visual effects shots (in comparison, Batman Begins had approximately 620), which is relatively few in comparison to contemporary effects-heavy films, which can have as many as 2,000 visual effects shots. Cobb's house was in Pasadena. [69] By contrast, the world of The Matrix (1999) is an authoritarian, computer-controlled one, alluding to theories of social control developed by thinkers Michel Foucault and Jean Baudrillard. [103][104] Warner Bros. also made available in the United States a limited Blu-ray edition packaged in a metal replica of the PASIV briefcase, which included extras such as a metal replica of the spinning top totem. [146] Heated debate has centered on the ambiguity of the ending, with many critics like Devin Faraci making the case that the film is self-referential and tongue-in-cheek, both a film about film-making and a dream about dreams. Tangier, Morocco, doubled as Mombasa, where Cobb hires Eames and Yusuf. The idea was inspired by a technique used in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). [60], For dream sequences in Inception, Nolan used little computer-generated imagery, preferring practical effects whenever possible. [62], The score for Inception was written by Hans Zimmer,[30] who described his work as "a very electronic,[63] dense score",[64] filled with "nostalgia and sadness" to match Cobb's feelings throughout the film. But it's refreshing to find a director who makes us stretch, even occasionally struggle, to keep up. [149], Several critics and scholars have noted the film has many striking similarities to the 2006 anime film Paprika by Satoshi Kon (and Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1993 novel of the same name), including plot similarities, similar scenes, and similar characters, arguing that Inception was influenced by Paprika. [31] Nolan described Mal as "the essence of the femme fatale",[74] the key noir reference in the film. Cobbs ability has made him the face of corporate spying, hence a wanted man too. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. [181] In most of its artistic nominations, such as Film, Director, and Screenplay at the Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes, the film was defeated by The Social Network or The King's Speech. "[144] A. O. Scott of The New York Times commented "there is a lot to see in Inception, there is nothing that counts as genuine vision. And we—FADE OUT". An instrumental track by Joe Budden is titled "Inception. Ariadne discovers that Cobb's subconscious houses an invasive projection of his late wife, Mal. Inception's Characters Explained The Extractor - The extractor is a master con man, a person who knows how to manipulate a dreaming mark into revealing their deepest mental secrets. "[130] Jim Vejvoda of IGN rated the film as perfect, deeming it "a singular accomplishment from a filmmaker who has only gotten better with each film. As I mentioned earlier, the premise of the film is this: Saito, a … At heart, an extractor is a classic con man - he creates a false set of circumstances that manipulate the mark into revealing his secrets. In July of 2012 Nolan crafted a movie that’s beyond brilliant and layered both narratively and thematically. In 2012, Inception was ranked the 35th-best-edited film of all time by the Motion Picture Editors Guild. After Fischer dies, the team accompanies Robert on a flight where they sedate him into a shared dream. "[36], Others have argued that the film is itself a metaphor for filmmaking, and that the filmgoing experience itself, images flashing before one's eyes in a darkened room, is akin to a dream. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. "[70], Deirdre Barrett, a dream researcher at Harvard University, said that Nolan did not get every detail accurate regarding dreams, but their illogical, rambling, disjointed plots would not make for a great thriller anyway. 'Limbo' was made on location in Los Angeles and Morocco, with the beach scene filmed at Palos Verdes beach with CGI buildings. [65] For the "Paris folding" sequence and when Ariadne "creates" the bridges, green screen and CGI were used on location.[46]. Franklin had artists build concepts while Nolan expressed his ideal vision: "Something glacial, with clear modernist architecture, but with chunks of it breaking off into the sea like icebergs". [8] Deciding he needed more experience before tackling a production of this magnitude and complexity, Nolan shelved the project and instead worked on 2005's Batman Begins, 2006's The Prestige, and The Dark Knight in 2008. The characters' relationships are created by their respective skills and roles. A foot chase was shot in the streets and alleyways of the historic medina quarter. [11] Its official budget was $160 million, split between Warner Bros. and Legendary. [41], Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Arthur, spent several weeks learning to fight in a corridor that spun like "a giant hamster wheel". [66] The majority of the score was also included in high resolution 5.1 surround sound on the second disc of the two-disc Blu-ray release. Really the script is based on those common, very basic experiences and concepts, and where can those take you? Thorsten Bothz-Bornstein "The Movie as a Thinking Machine", In: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form), "A Minute With: Director Nolan talks about "Inception, "Updated 'Inception' Synopsis Reveals More", "A Man and His Dream: Christopher Nolan and 'Inception, "Movie projector: 'Inception' headed for No. [163] Producer Roger Corman cited Inception as an example of "great imagination and originality". It's an action film set in a contemporary world, but with a slight science-fiction bent to it," while also describing it as "very much an ensemble film structured somewhat as a heist movie. Cobb finds an aged Saito and reminds him of their agreement. N Hope St. in Los Angeles was the primary filming location for 'limbo,' with green screen and CGI being used to create the dream landscape. Ariadne kills Mal's projection and wakes up Robert with a kick. As a "classic femme fatale" her relationship with Cobb is in his mind, a manifestation of Cobb's own neurosis and fear of how little he knows about the woman he loves. Saito is wounded, and Cobb reveals that while dying in the dream would normally waken dreamers, the sedatives will instead send them into "limbo": a world of infinite subconscious. 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