Golden Globe Nominee for: Best Picture – Drama, Best Director – Christopher Nolan, Best Screenplay – Christopher Nolan, Best Original Score
Oscar (Academy Award) Nominations: Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Art Direction, Cinematography, Music (Original Score), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects
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. 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. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures
It starts as a dream, then another dream, then a dream within a dream and you have no idea what is real and what is a dream. For the first 10-15 minutes of this film I was confused, then the story starts to fall into place as everyone wakes up and you understand what you have just seen is a dream. It’s not really that hard the rest of the time to tell the dreams from waking, as long as you are paying attention.
About half way through the movie I had it figured out. I can’t really say what I figured out, because that would be a spoiler, but then I had to watch the rest of the movie to see if I was right. This movie has a solid story line, fantastic visual special effects, Leonardo DiCaprio [squeee!] (Yes that was me, squealing like a little girl) along with fantastic co-stars including but not limited to Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Memoirs of a Geisha) and Michael Caine (Secondhand Lions, The Cider House Rules and many others, but I saw these two and recommend them). The non-stop action dream scenes were amazing, well acted, well filmed.
In short, I feel this film very deserving of the Oscar nominations and I hope it wins one. I definitely recommend it.