Movie Name: Inception
Director: Christopher Nolan
Producer: Emma Thomas,
Writer: Christopher Nolan
IMDB Rating: 8.8
IMDB Vote: 2004563
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 8.7
Google Rating: 9.1
Budget ($): 16,00,00,000
World-wide Gross ($): 82,98,95,144
Movie Length (Minute): 148
Oscar Nominations: 8
Oscar Won: 4
Editor: Lee Smith
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio,
Plot: Dominick “Dom” Cobb and Arthur are “extractors”: they perform corporate espionage using experimental military technology to infiltrate their targets’ subconscious and extract information through a shared dream world. Their latest target, Saito, reveals he arranged their mission to test Cobb for a seemingly impossible job: implanting an idea in a person’s subconscious, or “inception”. Saito wants Cobb to convince Robert, the son of Saito’s ailing competitor Maurice Fischer, to dissolve his father’s company. In return, Saito promises to clear Cobb’s criminal status, which prevents him from returning home to his children.
Cobb accepts the offer and assembles his team: Eames, an identity forger; Yusuf, a chemist with a sedative for a “dream within a dream” strategy; and Ariadne, an architecture student tasked with designing the dream labyrinth, recruited through Cobb’s father-in-law, Professor Stephen Miles. Ariadne learns Cobb’s subconscious houses an invasive projection of his late wife, Mal. After Maurice dies, Robert accompanies the body on a ten-hour flight, where the team, including Saito, sedate him into a shared dream. At each dream level, the person generating the dream stays behind to set up a “kick” to awaken the other team members from the deeper dream, coordinated by “Non, je ne regrette rien” as an auditory cue; these kicks must occur simultaneously, despite time flowing faster in each successive level.
The first level is Yusuf’s dream of a rainy Los Angeles. The team abducts Robert, but are attacked by projections from his subconscious. Saito is wounded, and Cobb reveals that while dying in the dream would normally waken dreamers, the sedatives stabilizing the multi-level dream will instead send them into “limbo”: a world of infinite subconscious in which dreamers risk forgetting they are in a dream. Eames impersonates Robert’s godfather, Peter Browning, to suggest that Robert reconsider his father’s will. Cobb tells Ariadne that he and Mal entered limbo while experimenting with the dream-sharing technology. Sedated for five hours of real time, they spent fifty years in a dream world. When Mal refused to return to reality, Cobb used a rudimentary form of inception by reactivating her totem, an object dreamers use to distinguish dreams from reality. After waking up, Mal still believed she was dreaming. Attempting to “wake up” for real, she committed suicide and framed Cobb for her death to force him to do the same. Cobb fled the U.S., leaving his children in Miles’ care. Yusuf drives the team in a van as they are sedated into the second level, a hotel dreamed by Arthur. Cobb persuades Robert that he has been kidnapped by Browning, and that Cobb is his subconscious protector, leading Robert into another level in a ruse to enter Robert’s subconscious.
The team infiltrate the third level, a fortified mountain hospital dreamed by Eames, and hold off the guards as Saito takes Robert into the equivalent of his subconscious. Yusuf, pursued by Robert’s projections in the first level, deliberately drives off a bridge, initiating his kick too soon. 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. Mal’s projection emerges in Eames’ level and kills Robert; Cobb kills Mal, and Saito succumbs to his wounds. Cobb and Ariadne enter limbo to rescue Robert and Saito, while Eames prepares a kick by rigging the hospital with explosives.
Cobb makes peace with his guilt over Mal’s death. Ariadne kills Mal’s projection and wakes Robert up with a kick. Revived at the third level, he discovers the planted idea: a projection of his dying father telling him to be his own man. While Cobb searches for Saito in limbo, the others ride the synchronized kicks back to reality. Cobb finds an aged Saito and reminds him of their agreement. The dreamers all awaken on the plane, and Saito makes a phone call.
Arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, Cobb passes the U.S. immigration checkpoint and Miles accompanies him to his home. Using Mal’s totem a top that spins indefinitely in a dream to test if he is indeed in the real world, Cobb does not observe the result and instead joins his children.