Inception (2010)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 29 mins

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This thrilling and extraordinary tale follows the exploits of Dom Cobb, a professional thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. He is offered a chance of redemption as payment for a task considered to be impossible: 'inception', the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious. What happens when perceived reality becomes a dream? What will be the result of the inception?
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Cast: Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio

Crew: Christopher Nolan (Director), Wally Pfister (Director of Photography), Hans Zimmer (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Mystery

Release Dates: 16 Jul 2010 (India)

Tagline: Your mind is the scene of the crime

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Did you know? The role of Saito was written exclusively for Ken Watanabe because Christopher Nolan felt that although he had appeared in Batman Begins (2005), he did not have much screen time, and should therefore be given a more prominent supporting role. Read More
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as Ariadne
as Lobby Sub Con
as Businessman
as Lobby Sub Con
as Robert Fischer
as Yusuf
as Elderly Bald Man
as Lobby Sub Con
as Saito
as Nash
as Lobby Sub Con
as Maurice Fischer
as Immigration Officer
as Flight Attendant
as Bar Sub Con
as Maurice Fischer
as Blonde
as Japanese Security Guard
as Browning
as Eames
as Bridge Sub Con
as Saito's Attendant


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


Executive Producer
Line Producer
Associate Producer
Production Manager


Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Sound Re-recording Mixer
Foley Artist
Sound Effects Editor


Production Designer
Set Decorator


Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer



Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator
Special Effects Technician


Stunt Coordinator
Stunt Coordinator Assistant
Stunt Performer

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Artist
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
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Your mind is the scene of the crime
The dream is real.
Filming Locations:
Falls Lake, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA, United States
Tangiers, Tangier-Tétouan, Morocco, Morocco
Fortress Mountain, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada, Canada
Bedfordshire, England, UK, United Kingdom
Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, England, UK, United Kingdom
Spring Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA, United States
France, France
California, USA, United States
Paris 15, Paris, France, France
Paris, France, France
Pont de Bir-Hakeim, Paris, France, France
Rue Bouchut, Paris 15, Paris, France, France
Tokyo, Japan, Japan
Da Stuzzi Delicatessen, 6 Rue César Franck, Paris 15, France, France
Los Angeles, California, USA, United States
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, UK, United Kingdom
Cardington Airship Hangars, Bedfordshire, England, UK, United Kingdom
Commodore Schuyler F. Heim Bridge, Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA, United States
John Ferraro Building, 111 North Hope Street, Los Angeles, California. USA, United States
Kananaskis Village, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada, Canada
Leo Carrillo State Beach - 35000 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, California, USA, United States
Malibu, California, USA, United States
Pasadena, California, USA, United States
Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA, United States
Shizuoka, Japan, Japan
University College London, Bloomsbury, London, England, UK, United Kingdom
1240 S Hope St, Los Angeles, California, USA, United States
453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, California, USA, United States
Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA, United States
Stage 16, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA, United States
Character Error
Dom slipped the sedative into Fischer's drink on the plane. The flight attendant, who was in on the plot, could have slipped it in beforehand, with much less chance of detection.

The crew busts into room 528 by kicking the door down, which should damage the lock. In later scenes, the lock is fully functional.

In the first scene, Saito spins Cobb's totem clockwise. When the same scene is shown at the end of the movie, the totem spins anticlockwise (counterclockwise).

In the falling van, Arthur is sleeping without the headphones that were placed on his head. The headphones reappear before the van hits the water.

One car explosion is shown twice. First, the car explodes in a fireball, filling the frame. Minutes later, the same car explodes in the same fireball, but as part of a bigger shot from further away, in the bottom half of the frame.

Shots of the falling van are interspersed with several stages of the dreams. The van backtracks in several shots.

After the van falls into the water, Fischer saves Peter Browning (actually Eames) from drowning in the van. Saito's eyes are wide open. Back inside the submerged van, when Arthur and Ariadne are breathing from the oxygen tank, Saito's eyes are closed.

When the rain-soaked cars enter the warehouse, the floor already has wet tire tracks, evidently from a previous take. Once they stop and the people exit, the floor behind the cab and back towards the door is dry.

In the warehouse scene between Cobb and Ariadne, a Nikon DSLR camera on a desk behind Cobb disappears and reappears between shots.

When Cobb spins the totem in the final scene, 3 paint pens are in one glass on the table. When the camera moves back to the table a few seconds later, more paint pens are on the table.

When Arthur arrives in the hotel to get Cobb for their ride on the roof, it is dark outside. When they are out on the roof, it is around noon.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Cobb confronts Mal at the hotel, in front of the open window with billowing curtains, a crew member's fingertips can be seen through the sheer fabric.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Fischer's cab is hijacked, numerous production markings are visible on the street.

Errors in Geography
Saito's helicopter takes off from a rooftop in Tokyo, with the distinctive red and white Tokyo Tower in the background of several shots. But it lands moments later at the ultra-modern Farnborough Airport in England, more than 5,900 miles away.

Errors in Geography
During the chase sequence in Mombasa (filmed in Morocco), the cars' steering wheels are on the left. In Kenya, where Mombasa is located, steering wheels are on the right.

Factual Mistake
In Mombasa, the cars have yellow license plates in the front and back. Kenyan cars have white plates in front, and yellow plates in back.

Cobb tells Ariadne to draw a maze in two minutes that takes more than one minute to solve. She eventually draws a circular maze. The circular maze seems to be unsolvable by Cobb. However, it is solvable, and it would probably take most children less than a minute to solve.

Revealing Mistakes
When Ariadne is asked by Cobb to draw a maze she draws 2 that are easy to get out of, but she draws a 3rd that's impossible - the only two ways out of the maze from the center are dead ends.
Edith Piaf's song "Non, je ne regrette rien" - which is featured heavily in the movie 'Inception', has a duration of 2 minutes and 28 seconds. Inception has a runtime of 2 hours and 28 minutes - a deliberate reference, as the song plays a very significant role in the movie.

'Inception' drops a lot of hints that the entire movie may be a dream. The hotel room where Mal and Cobb spend their anniversary has the number 3502 and this number reappears through the entire movie.

If you take the first letters of the main characters' names - Dom, Robert, Eames, Arthur, Mal and Saito - they spell "Dreams". If you add Peter, Ariadne and Yusuf, the whole makes "Dreams Pay", which is what they do for a mind thief.

The role of Saito was written exclusively for Ken Watanabe because Christopher Nolan felt that although he had appeared in Batman Begins (2005), he did not have much screen time, and should therefore be given a more prominent supporting role.

When Cobb gave Ariadne the puzzle test, Ariadne's final solution was a diagram of King Minos' Labyrinth. Ariadne is the name of King Minos' daughter in the same mythology.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt performed all but one of his own stunts during the fight scene in the spinning hallway.

The fifth Christopher Nolan movie (out of the seven) to enter the IMDb Top 250, along with Memento (2000), Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008).

The running time of 2 hours 28 min is a reference to the original length of Édith Piaf's song "Non, je ne regrette rien", which lasts (on its first recorded edition) 2 minutes 28 seconds.

"Yusuf" is the Arabic form of "Joseph", the Biblical figure from Genesis 37-50, who had the gift of interpreting dreams. He was sold out by his brothers to slavery. Through his gift of dream interpretation he helped Pharaoh to prepare for the disaster of the "seven lean years" and was rewarded as a result. The same story is also told in the Koran.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt went to his audition after a brief character summary, wearing a full suit "just in case", unknowingly matching his character's wardrobe perfectly.

During production, details of the film's plot were kept secret. Christopher Nolan, who wrote the script, cryptically described it as a contemporary sci-fi action thriller "set within the architecture of the mind."

Kate Winslet was approached for the role of Mal, but turned it down, citing that she couldn't see herself as the character.

According to Cinematographer Wally Pfister, Warner Brothers executives approached Christopher Nolan about making the film in 3D, but he refused the idea, claiming "it will distract the storytelling experience of Inception".

In spite of the films extensive surreal effects sequences, the majority special effects throughout the film, such as the Penrose stairs, rotating hallway, mountain avalanche, and zero gravity sequences, were created through practical methods, not through the use of computer generated imagery. The film only has around 500 visual effect shots, as opposed to most other visual effects epics which can have upwards of 2000 VFX shots.