Inception review

Film description

In a nutshell:

A highly trained thief who breaks into people's dreams must use his skills not steal an idea, but to plant one.



Your mind is the scene of the crime


‘Dreams feel real while we're in them. Its only when we wake up then we realize that something was actually strange’

‘It's the chance to build cathedrals, entire cities, things that never existed. Things that couldn't exist in the real world'

‘You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling’


Dom Cobb is a highly trained thief who specialises in break in to peoples’ dreams, manipulating their subconscious into revealing the lucrative secrets locked away in the dark recesses of the mind. 

With a growing list of enemies and a bounty on his head, Cobb is offered a unique opportunity to be reunited with the family he was forced apart from on the condition he completes one final job: Inception. 

Along with a handpicked team, Cobb must enter the dream of a young heir to plant the seed of an idea which will net Cobb's backer a handsome trade monopoly.

The only problem is, Inception is nearly impossible, and Cobb has never managed it before.

To succeed, he must go deeper into the mind than he has gone before, and risk his own mind in the process.  

Written by: Lucy Mick

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Release Dates

UK Cinema release
July 16th 2010
UK DVD release
December 6th 2010
UK Blu-ray release
December 6th 2010

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    • DOLLS

      Aug 4th 2010, 22:40

      Refreshingly imaginative and totally absorbing. Ignore any negative ratings if you loved The Matrix you will adore this film. Stays with you long after viewing as all good plots should. It is surely time Leonardo received an overdue Oscar for yet another flawless performance.

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    • scuzz80

      Aug 4th 2010, 23:43

      Fantastic film. Visually stunning while still maintaining a plot deep enough to really get your teeth into. Once again Nolan has proved himself to be one of the most gifted directors working today. If he can bring this to life then I would love to see what he would do with a book like Stephen Hall's 'The Raw Shark Texts'.

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    • fuzzydunlop1

      Aug 7th 2010, 4:49

      A truly excellent film, makes the Matrix trilogy look like the saturday morning cartoon it should've been. Oh, and Mr Nolan? If you are going to have the Riddler in your next Batman movie, Tom Hardy gets my vote!

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    • Klausming

      Aug 11th 2010, 17:55

      Despite an interesting concept, and a director who is capable of making excellent films, Inception suffers from the need to spend a reported $160 million dollar budget on action sequences and special effects that are superfluous to the story, and which no one had the nerve to leave on the cutting room floor where they belong. The result is a bloated and dull film whose only trick is to fake complexity to dim-witted audiences by simply adding multiple layers of dream states. If Nolan was forced to make this film on a fraction of the budget, the resulting tightening of the screenplay and the film’s runtime would have immeasurably improved the end result of a story whose potential is never fully realized

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    • Mattymourinho

      Aug 17th 2010, 11:13

      Saw this film for the second time last night. Of course this allows you to admire the exquisite design, of course you can soak in the score, of course you can marvel at the effects, of course you can start to keep up with the plot (no humour? the guy who came up with the sedative is so deeply under he's wet the bed!), but I surprised myself - rather than question the nature of dreams, the subconscious, paranoia and global corporate espionage, I connected to the human story and, as they awoke and the music shifted key, I found myself crying. Cobb not only comes to terms with his guilt, but, through sacrifice and huge personal sacrifice,redeems himself. The film is awesome - every performance is pitch perfect - Cillian Murphy has some sublime moments - and I urge you all to a second viewing on the big screen (except for anyone who didn't recognise this film as the exceptional work of art that it is in the first place). Five stars? My amp has eleven.

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    • peachmelba

      Sep 2nd 2010, 11:53

      "The best film I've seen since The Dark Knight". That's what I said to my Mother, as we left the showing. Mind you, I was a tad annoyed at her, and also psychologically alarmed, that she had managed to fall asleep halfway through! Not being that clued up, I didn't realise until now that both films had the same director; wow...makes sense now! Don't read the reviews. Stop reading them now. Make sure you're ready to have your mind stretched as far as it will go, and head off to see this film. No "thrill-seeker" could possibly be disappointed.

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