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Smart, innovative, and thrilling, Inception is that rare summer blockbuster that succeeds viscerally as well as intellectually.



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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, 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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Ellen Page
as Ariadne
Tom Hardy
as Eames
Cillian Murphy
as Robert Fischer Jr.
Tom Berenger
as Browning
Pete Postlethwaite
as Maurice Fischer
Tai-Li Lee
as Tadashi
Claire Geare
as Phillipa (3 years)
Magnus Nolan
as James (20 months)
Taylor Geare
as Phillipa (5 years)
Jonathan Geare
as James (3 years)
Johnathan Geare
as James (3 years)
Tohoru Masamune
as Japanese Security Guard
Yuji Okumoto
as Saito's Attendant
Earl Cameron
as Elderly Bald Man
Miranda Nolan
as Flight Attendant
Russ Fega
as Cab Driver
Tim Kelleher
as Thin Man
Nicolas Clerc
as Bridge Sub Con
Coralie Dedykere
as Bridge Sub Con
Silvie Laguna
as Bridge Sub Con
Virgile Bramly
as Bridge Sub Con
Jean-Michel Dagory
as Bridge Sub Con
Helena Cullinan
as Penrose Sub Con
Mark Fleischmann
as Penrose Sub Con
Shelley Lang
as Penrose Sub Con
Adam Cole
as Bar Sub Con
Jack Murray
as Bar Sub Con
Kraig Thornber
as Bar Sub Con
Angela Nathenson
as Bar Sub Con
Natasha Beaumont
as Bar Sub Con
Mark Raducci
as Lobby Sub Con
Marc Raducci
as Lobby Sub Con
Carl Gilliard
as Lobby Sub Con
Jill Maddrell
as Lobby Sub Con
Alex Lombard
as Lobby Sub Con
Nicole Pulliam
as Lobby Sub Con
Peter Basham
as Fischer's Jet Captain
Michael Gaston
as Immigration Officer
Felix Scott
as Businessman
Andrew Pleavin
as Businessman
Lisa Reynolds
as Private Nurse
Jason Tendell
as Fischer's Driver
Jack Gilroy
as Old Cobb
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Critic Reviews for Inception

All Critics (349) | Top Critics (61)

  • This endlessly fascinating swirl of a film could have come only from Nolan, who blends the cerebral twistiness of Memento (his thriller that moves backward in time) with the spectacular action of his Batman megahit, The Dark Knight.

    Feb 7, 2018 | Full Review…

    Caryn James

    Top Critic
  • A spectacular fantasy thriller based on Nolan's own original screenplay, Inception is the smartest CGI head-trip since The Matrix.

    Jul 20, 2015 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity
    Top Critic
  • It's just grade-A filmmaking.

    Jul 20, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Invention runs lower once we're on those snowy slopes, and the hard narrative punch keeps disintegrating into a floating cloud of pixels. But what a display they make.

    Jul 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Inception is the kind of information-packed movie that creates the painful/pleasurable sensation that there's no time to think.

    Jul 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Inception is a grown-up thriller ride through the dreamscapes of the mind, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead. The movie is a sign that Hollywood retains some intellectual oomph.

    Jul 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Inception

  • Sep 29, 2016
    Mind-blowing, amazing, smart, thrilling. That's all.
    Marin ? Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2016
    A truly rare, intelligent summer blockbuster packed with ideas and concepts to keep the audience contemplating long after the credits.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2016
    When you have such a great writer/director as Christopher Nolan making his own thing, you can only expect to be mindblown. And I was, but not in the good way. I was blown away by how inconsistant the story felt to me and how boring the characters in the movie turned out to be. I don't doubt the idea behind it and I understand why many people will like this movie, however, it's not a movie that I would ever put my money on. It's a movie that lacks intensity and the many different story aspects are so badly put together that's it's almost like you'd rather watch "The Room." I truly believe that Nolan is much better at doing movies where we has a lot of source material to go out from. That's where this man truly shines.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2016
    Inception succeeds on multiple levels thanks to it's brilliant script, wonderful direction and outstanding effects - all of which come together to create a unique, surreal experience unseen in mainstream blockbuster entertainment.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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