"Inception" is a 2010 film that earned a great deal of critical acclaim for its cast, crew and visual and audio effects. The word "inception" literally means the beginning of something. The film's sci-fi plot centers around a highly skilled thief and the concepts of grief, guilt and redemption. In order to earn much-desired redemption, the thief must enter another person's mind through dream invasion and execute his hardest task ever.
Development of the film originally began in 2001, when director Christopher Nolan wrote an 80-page screenplay that he presented to Warner Brothers. The story was based on the concepts of lucid dreams and dream incubation. Nolan meant for it to become a horror film. He polished the script, and Warner Brothers purchased it in early 2009. The filming was completed in six different countries, and shooting finished in late 2009.
"Inception" is a science fiction and action film that is "set within the architecture of the mind," according to director Christopher Nolan. The story concerns a man named Dom Cobb and his partner, Arthur, who perform corporate espionage. Cobb secretly extracts illegal commercial information, using "dream within a dream" tactics, from the unconscious minds of people who are sleeping and dreaming. He is unable to see his children because he is wanted for murder but is presented with an offer to get his old life back by completing a dangerous task: to successfully plant an idea into his target's subconscious mind.
Cast and Crew
The movie was written, directed and co-produced by Christopher Nolan, a well-known British filmmaker. He is best known for his success directing the "Batman" series and, in particular, the movie "The Dark Knight." "Inception" also features an all-star ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Michael Cain, Cillian Murphy and Tom Berenger.
Cost and Critical Acclaim
"Inception" had an original budget of $160 million, which was split between Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures. "Inception" premiered in July of 2010 in London in both conventional and IMAX theaters. The movie was an instant success, grossing more than $800 million worldwide and nearly $70 million in eventual DVD sales. The movie also received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. It won the awards for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.