Inception (USA 2010)

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Writer:

Christopher Nolan

 

Executive Producer:

Chris Brigham

Producer:

Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas

Soundtrack:

Hans Zimmer

 

Cast:

 

Leonardo DiCaprio

Dom Cobb

Ellen Page

Ariadne

Cillian Murphy

Robert Fischer

Marion Cotillard

Mal

Michael Caine

Miles

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Arthur

Ken Watanabe

Saito

Tom Hardy

Eames

Tom Berenger

Peter Browning

Lukas Haas

Nash

Dileep Rao

Yusuf

Pete Postlethwaite

Maurice Fischer

 

(Complete Cast & Crew)

Inception Poster

Ellen Page Online Movie Rating:

 


Genre:

Action / Sci-Fi / Thriller

Runtime:

148 minutes

Language:

English

Budget:

US $170,000,000

Filming dates:

July - December 2009

Filming locations:

Los Angeles/USA, London/England, Tokyo/Japan, Paris/France, Morocco, Tangiers, Calgary/Canada

Rating:

PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout

World premiere:

24th June 2010 (CEI 2010, Amsterdam, Netherlands) [Press] / 8th July 2010 (London, UK) [Public]

Company / Studio:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Syncopy Films, Legendary Pictures

Official website:

inceptionmovie.warnerbros.com / inceptionmovie.com

IMDb website:

www.imdb.com/title/tt1375666/

DVD premiere:

3rd December 2010 (Germany, Region Code 2, Warner Home Video) (click here to see more DVD releases)


Downloads:

 

English Production Notes

(PDF Document, 164 KB)

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Comic - The Cobol Job

(PDF Document, 44,8 MB)

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Inception Trailer Theme - Zack Hemsey - Mind Heist

(MP3 media file, 1,99 MB)

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(Composed, recorded, and mixed by Zack Hemsey in association with PUSHER LLC. All rights reserved.)


Official plot synopsis:

Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in an original sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams.

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) 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. This summer, your mind is the scene of the crime

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Awards:

  • Most Manticipated Movie (2010 Spike Guy's Choice Awards, 5th June 2010)
  • Best Summer Movie (IGN Summer 2010 Movie Awards, 17th September 2010)
  • Best All-Out Brawl (Anti-Gravity Fight, IGN Summer 2010 Movie Awards, 17th September 2010)
  • Best Effects Sequence (The Folding City, IGN Summer 2010 Movie Awards, 17th September 2010)
  • Coolest Weapon (An Idea, IGN Summer 2010 Movie Awards, 17th September 2010)
  • The Ultimate Scream (Spike TV's Scream 2010 Awards, 17th October 2010)
  • Best Science Fiction Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio, Spike TV's Scream 2010 Awards, 17th October 2010)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Spike TV's Scream 2010 Awards, 17th October 2010)
  • Breakout Performance (Tom Hardy, Spike TV's Scream 2010 Awards, 17th October 2010)
  • Fight Scene of the Year (Hallway scene, Spike TV's Scream 2010 Awards, 17th October 2010)
  • Best Science Fiction Movie (Spike TV's Scream 2010 Awards, 17th October 2010)
  • Best Director (Runner-up: Christopher Nolan, Southeastern Film Critics Awards, 12th December 2010)
  • Best Original Screenplay (Runner-up, Southeastern Film Critics Awards, 12th December 2010)
  • Best Cinematography (Runner-up, Southeastern Film Critics Awards, 12th December 2010)
  • Filmmaker of the Year (Christopher Nolan, 5th Richard Attenborough Film Awards, 12th December 2010)
  • Best Production Design (Guy Hendrix Dyas, Los Angeles Film Critic Awards, 12th December 2010)
  • Original Vision (Indiana Film Critics Awards, 12th December 2010)
  • Best Director (Christopher Nolan, Indiana Film Critics Awards, 12th December 2010)
  • Best Editing (Lee Smith, AWFJ EDA Annual Achievement Awards, 10th January 2011)
  • Best Picture (North Texas Film Critics Awards, 11th January 2011)
  • Best Director (Christopher Nolan, North Texas Film Critics Awards, 11th January 2011)
  • Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy film (Rotten Tomatoes’ 12th Annual Golden Tomato Awards, 11th January 2011)
  • Best Cinematography (Wally Pfister, 16th Critics' Choice Movie Awards, 14th January 2011)
  • Best Art Direction (Guy Hendrix Dyas, 16th Critics' Choice Movie Awards, 14th January 2011)
  • Best Editing (Lee Smith, 16th Critics' Choice Movie Awards, 14th January 2011)
  • Best Visual Effects (16th Critics' Choice Movie Awards, 14th January 2011)
  • Best Sound (16th Critics' Choice Movie Awards, 14th January 2011)
  • Best Action Movie (16th Critics' Choice Movie Awards, 14th January 2011)
  • Modern Master Award (Christopher Nolan, 26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 30th January 2011)
  • Best Original Screenplay (Christopher Nolan, 63rd Writers Guild of America Awards, 5th Feburary 2011)
  • Best Fantasy Film Design (Guy Hendrix Dyas, 15th Annual Arts Directors Guild Awards, 5th Feburary 2011)
  • Best Feature Film (Wally Pfister, 25th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards, 13th February 2011)
  • Production Design (Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat, 64th Annual BAFTA Awards, 13th February 2011)
  • Sound (Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick, 64th Annual BAFTA Awards, 13th February 2011)
  • Special Visual Effects (C. Corbould, P. Franklin, A. Lockley, P. Bebb, 64th Annual BAFTA Awards, 13th February 2011)
  • Best Cinematography (Wally Pfister, 83rd Academy Awards, 27th February 2011)
  • Best Sound Mixing (Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick, 83rd Academy Awards, 27th February 2011)
  • Best Sound Editing (Richard King, 83rd Academy Awards, 27th February 2011)
  • Best Visual Effects (Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb, 83rd Academy Awards, 27th February 2011)
  • Best Scared-As-Sh*t Performance (Ellen Page, 20th Annual MTV Movie Awards, 5th June 2011)
  • Best Science Fiction Film (37th annual Saturn Awards, 23rd June 2011)
  • Best Director (Christopher Nolan, 37th annual Saturn Awards, 23rd June 2011)
  • Best Writing (Christopher Nolan, 37th annual Saturn Awards, 23rd June 2011)
  • Best Music (Hans Zimmer, 37th annual Saturn Awards, 23rd June 2011)
  • Best Special Effects (Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Begg, 37th annual Saturn Awards, 23rd June 2011)

Facts:

  • Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Ken Watanabe received private on-hill instruction in Nakiska, Canada because Christopher Nolan wanted them to learn to ski and make real turns, instead of relying on stunt people for the snow scenes (Source: calgaryherald.com)
  • Leonardo Di-Caprio only needed very little ski coaching (Source: calgaryherald.com)
  • The production circled the globe, with principal photography taking place in six countries, on four separate continents
    (Source: official production notes)
  • Christopher Nolan was only 16 when he came up with the concept for the movie (Source: Empire Magazine)
  • The name of Leonardo DiCaprio's character is the same as that of the protagonist in Nolan's first feature film, “Following”
  • The labyrinthine style of the movie's logo resembles the logo of Christopher Nolan's production company Syncopy
  • Leonardo DiCaprio was Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan's only choice for the role of Cobb
  • The cavernous converted airship hangars at Cardington in England were also used for filming in “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” (Source: official production notes)
  • On its opening day the film grossed $21.7 million with 1,600 locations participating in midnight screenings
  • At the end of its opening weekend, it grossed $62.7 million
  • "Cobb" means "dream" in Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi
  • The character of Eames is named after Charles and Ray Eames, a married couple well known in the fields of furniture design, buildings architecture and avant-garde/documentary filmmaking (Source: Official Facebook page)

Quotes:

  • “It’s about a five month shoot. We’re having a blast. We’ve shot in a lot of different places so it kind of feels like…you know you do your England leg and then your France and then we were in Morocco and now we’re in L.A. It is a blast and I’m having so much fun. Working with Chris Nolan is a dream. He’s amazing to work with and a lovely guy. There is no ego at all. He’s just a filmmaker. You know what I mean. And that is totally obvious in his films. He’s an incredible filmmaker…but working with him is such a pleasure and often me and the other cast members will reflect on just how excited we are just to be in his movie. I feel like a little kid.” (Ellen Page on director Christopher Nolan and the shoot; Source: collider.com)
     
  • "It's more of a science-fiction psychological kind of thriller… It has a heist genre to it, but it’s set within the human mind. It’s one of those movies that I wouldn’t be able to describe if I sat here for 20 minutes because it works on a lot of different… I hate to use that term, again, but it’s true, this film literally works on different levels.” (Leonardo DiCaprio on the movie; Source: totalfilm.com)
     
  • "It's so great. I am just really honoured and grateful to be working for Mr Nolan. He has such integrity and what's really cool about Inception is that he's getting to make this enormous movie that's just his own brainchild, just his own idea that he wrote out of his head. [...] It's really important to Chris that nothing about the specifics about the story are revealed before people get to see the movie." (Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Christopher Nolan; Source: google.com)
     
  • "I've looked up to Leonardo DiCaprio ever since I was very little. He was an actor at a young age, always doing it with such integrity and sincerity. So much of what happens in Hollywood is for all the wrong reasons. That guy does it because he loves it and believes in the art and the craft of it, which shows in his work and his choices. It's something I have always aspired to and to get to work with him and be in scenes with him is really special." (Joseph Gordon-Levitt on his adoration for co-star Leonardo DiCaprio; Source: google.com)
     
  • "She's a tremendous athlete, and an amazing person to hang with.” (professional ski coach Matt Mosteller on the training with Ellen Page; Source: calgaryherald.com)
     
  • "He was the most determined on the fitness side. He wanted to practise all the time." (professional ski coach Matt Mosteller on the training with Tom Hardy; Source: calgaryherald.com)
     
  • “Basically the film deals with levels of reality, and perceptions of reality which is something I’m very interested in. Its an action film set in a contemporary world, but with a slight science-fiction bent to it. Cobb [Leonardo DiCaprio's character], who is the center of things and expert in a particular technology that the film revolves around, has put this team around him [Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon Levitt]. It’s very much an ensemble film structured somewhat as a heist movie. It’s an action adventure that spans the globe.” (director Christopher Nolan on the movie; Source: Empire Magazine)
     
  • "It is complicated. It's a complicated story-structure, but it's sprung from the great filmmaker Christopher Nolan's mind, and he's been able to take highly complex jigsaw puzzles in a narrative and put them together like we've never seen. This is a plot-structure that's working on multiple layers simultaneously - and quite literally when I say simultaneously, I do mean multiple narratives simultaneously. So everyone's going to be in for a treat when they see it, including me." (Leonardo DiCaprio on the movie; Source: Empire Magazine)
     
  • "I think it's really a balance between creating intrigue about the movie, getting people excited to see something original, something different that they don't know what they're going to get. We have to start giving people a little bit of information, a little bit about what 'Inception' is. We're making a film that is a grand-scale action film. 'Inception' is about the world of dreams and the interior of the human mind. It's about a guy played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who has a team of people who have access to a technology that allows them to enter people's minds through their dreams. That allowed us to craft a film with no limits, a film that could take you anywhere and raise all different kinds of action scenarios, different realities, really play with the fabric of what constitutes a grand-scale summer movie. We certainly tried to fuse some of the more intimate things I find fascinating about human beings and about human interaction and character with the grand-scale filmmaking we were doing on 'The Dark Knight' and 'Batman Begins.'” (director Christopher Nolan on the premise of Inception; Source: mtv.com)
     
  • "There's a tangible realism even when it gets crazy, and somehow that makes the jeopardy feel more real. It's like reading a Haruki Murakami novel -- it's fantasy, but instead of feeling like some strange surreal world it feels very honest. The emotional spine of the story is there too, which is the key to his movies. There's the big scale, but the sincerity isn't left behind. The story is complicated but never confusing." (Ellen Page on the movie; Source: latimesblogs.latimes.com)
     
  • "About ten years ago, I became fascinated with the subject of dreams, about the relationship of our waking life to our dreaming life. I’ve always found it to be an interesting paradox that everything within a dream—whether frightening, or happy, or fantastic—is being produced by your own mind as it happens, and what that says about the potential of the imagination is quite extraordinary. I started thinking how that could be applied to a grand-scale action movie with a very human dimension."
    (director Christopher Nolan on creating the world of “Inception” almost a decade before he made the movie; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “The movie has some great roles, and the actors really responded to the material, which made the casting process very smooth. We felt very lucky to have such a remarkable level of talent. I think the actors were also inspired by the rest of the cast; they wanted to work together and be a part of it.” (producer Emma Thomas on the cast; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “In essence, that’s what was immediately engaging to me about the script. It is this highly entertaining, complex thriller where anything can happen, but at the heart is one man’s quest to uncover a long-buried truth and to get back home. It’s also completely original; I don’t think anyone could say they’ve experienced anything like it before. That combination made me excited about working on the project, as well as with Chris Nolan. He is an expert at taking this kind of multi-layered storyline and making it true and tangible to an audience.” (Leonardo DiCaprio on the emotional driving force throughout the movie; Source: official production notes)
     
  • I am such a fan of Chris’s, so the idea of being a part of this film was very exciting. And I was blown away by the script; it was like nothing I had ever read. I completely disappeared into it, and when I finished, I was literally sweating. It was so conceptually original and so incredibly moving, with a powerful emotional spine that one can really connect to. It was phenomenal to work with a filmmaker who is able to create entire worlds, things you’ve never seen before, in such an amazing way.” (Ellen Page on reading the script and working with Christopher Nolan; Source: official production notes)
     
  • "When Cobb brings Ariadne into his world, so to speak, she immediately displays a natural ability to think outside the box and broaden her mind enough to facilitate what he’s trying to accomplish. She ends up becoming even more involved in the job as she discovers what’s really going on with Cobb and learns about things he can’t control. But, despite the fears that arise, she wants to try and help him in order for the team to succeed. [...] I was excited that Chris had written an awesome role for a young woman who is intelligent and comfortable in her own skin. She is thrust into this completely new environment and unusual situation and deals with it very eloquently. She can very much hold her own, especially in a group that’s a bit of a boys’ club." (Ellen Page on her character Ariadne; Source: official production notes)
     
  • "All the stunts I got to do on this film were an absolute blast. I love that stuff. As we were filming, I kept thinking that I couldn’t wait to see it all come together because I think it’s going to be really exciting, and I hope people go and enjoy the ride as much as I did.” (Ellen Page on the stunts; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “When Chris called and asked me to join him, it was easy to say yes, because it was a wonderful opportunity to work with a director I loved working with before [Batman Begins]. And after I read it, I was even more pleased. So my heart and my head told me I definitely had to do this movie.” (Ken Watanabe on reteaming with Christopher Nolan; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “I was very excited by the script, and then when Chris told me the other actors involved, I knew it couldn’t get any better. I think Chris’s films are intelligent and hugely entertaining, and this one fits that bill beautifully.” (Cillian Murphy on joining the project; Source: official production notes)
     
  • "His mind is so rich and that’s one reason Chris is such an extraordinary director and writer. On a movie as imaginative as this, you need a director you can trust—someone to take your hand and share his vision—and I trusted him 100 percent. He really inspired me and gave me the keys I needed.” (Marion Cotillard on working with Christopher Nolan; Source: official production notes)
     
  • "Chris is an extremely talented filmmaker. I also appreciated getting to collaborate so closely with such an unbelievable cast. We had lengthy conversations about our characters, and their individual histories and relationships. And Chris definitely encouraged that; he wanted every actor, no matter how big or small the part, to have a real sense of our characters and to bring something to the table to make them our own.” (Leonardo DiCaprio on the character development and working with the cast; Source: official production notes
     
  • "I have always been a great fan of his work, so it was amazing to work with him. His commitment is total and his intensity is unlimited. You can see it in his eyes. When you share a scene with him, you can trust everything he does because he’s so authentic.” (Marion Cotillard on working with Leonardo DiCaprio; Source: official production notes)
     
  • "It was wonderful to act alongside Marion. She can be strong and vulnerable and hopeful and heartbreaking all in the same moment, which was perfect for all the contradictions of her character.” (Leonardo DiCaprio on working with Marion Cotillard; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “It was fascinating to watch the actors evolve as a group, very much the way the characters do in the story. It really brought a richness to their scenes together. As a writer, you hope for that kind of chemistry, but it’s not until you get on the set that you see the cast bring out their characters’ idiosyncrasies and interesting interrelationships. That’s a vital part of any movie, especially a heist movie, and I think these actors really delivered that. The film follows a team of very different people, each with singular skills, who are brought together to accomplish a very special task. If any one of them fails, it can spell disaster, so each individual is integral to their success. And we understand everything they’re going through because we are on that journey with them.” (Christopher Nolan on working with the cast on the set; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “I think Leonardo DiCaprio is one of our finest actors and his performance in the film is extraordinary [...] Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a tremendous actor to work with—very charismatic, extremely dedicated, and also physically adept. He is a performer who doesn’t just find the internal life of the character but also projects the physical expression of that through his movements and expressions. And that’s good because there was definitely a very physical component to playing Arthur [...] when I met with Ellen Page, she had the perfect combination of freshness and savvy and maturity beyond her years. She is an extraordinary performer with incredible creativity and an innate curiosity of her own and, therefore, naturally infused Ariadne with those qualities. Ellen was able to balance the emotional life of her character with the need for Ariadne to bring the audience in and show them the truth.” [...] Tom Hardy is an actor who can absolutely jump into the skin of a character and inhabit a role, and he did that very effectively with Eames. He saw the potential of the character right away and brought a wonderfully cheeky quality to his performance, which I was delighted to see come through [...] Marion Cotillard brought an exceptionally haunting quality to her performance. What she was able to do with just her 10 eyes and her emotional openness is quite beautiful. And she and Leo together portray an incredibly moving couple. Underneath all of the action, I think ‘Inception’ is very much founded on a love story, and these two actors found the truth of that in a most remarkable way. [...] Ken Watanabe is an extremely charismatic performer, a true movie star. He is a consummate actor who knows how to get the most out of every scene. It’s just a pleasure to watch him work. [...] It’s always good to have Sir Michael Caine in your film, and he was gracious enough to do this role for us. It’s a joy to have him on set.” (Christopher Nolan on the cast; Source: official production notes)
     
  • “In writing the script for Inception, it was very important to me that there be a conduit for the audience—a character who is being shown this world for the first time and is eager to explore it. That’s how the character of Ariadne was born. It was also very important for the audience to see Cobb through Ariadne’s eyes and get to the core of that character.” (Christopher Nolan on developing Ariadne and her importance in the movie, Source: official production notes)

Release Dates:
 

Country

Date

Festival / Event / Location / Comment

Website

Netherlands

24th June 2010

Cinema Expo International / World premiere

cinemaexpo.com

USA

24th June 2010

Los Angeles / Special screening

 

United Kingdom

30th June 2010

London / Special screening

 

USA

8th July 2010

Denver, Kansas City / Special screenings

 

United Kingdom

8th July 2010

London / World premiere (public)

 

France

10th July 2010

Gaumont Champs Elysees, Paris / French premiere

 

USA

12th July 2010

Denver, Omaha, Portland, Salt Lake City, and others

 

USA

13th July 2010

Grauman's Chinese Theatre, LA / US premiere

 

Egypt

14th July 2010

 

 

Russia

15th July 2010

 

 

Singapore

15th July 2010

 

 

Ukraine

15th July 2010

 

 

Canada

16th July 2010

 

 

Kazakhstan

16th July 2010

 

 

United Kingdom

16th July 2010

 

 

USA

16th July 2010

 

 

Japan

19th July 2010

Tokyo / Japan premiere

 

France

21st July 2010

 

 

Switzerland

21st July 2010

French speaking region

 

Australia

22nd July 2010

 

 

Netherlands

22nd July 2010

 

 

Portugal

22nd July 2010

 

 

Slovakia

22nd July 2010

 

 

Estonia

23rd July 2010

 

 

Finland

23rd July 2010

 

 

Japan

23rd July 2010

 

 

Lithuania

23rd July 2010

 

 

Norway

23rd July 2010

 

 

Spain

23rd July 2010

 

 

Sweden

23rd July 2010

 

 

Czech Republic

29th July 2010

 

 

Germany

29th July 2010

 

 

Poland

30th July 2010

 

 

Romania

30th July 2010

 

 

Argentina

31st July 2010

 

 

Brazil

4th August 2010

 

 

Belgium

12th August 2010

 

 

Serbia

18th August 2010

 

 

Switzerland

19th August 2010

German speaking region

 

Italy

19th August 2010

 

 

Switzerland

19th August 2010

Italian speaking region

 

Germany

3rd December 2010

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

France

3rd December 2010

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

Netherlands

3rd December 2010

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

United Kingdom

6th December 2010

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

USA

7th December 2010

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

Japan

7th December 2010

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

Poland

7th December 2010

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

China

16th December 2010

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

Taiwan

17th December 2010

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

Korea

21st December 2010

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

Italy

27th January 2011

DVD / Blu-ray release

 

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