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Our top ten of the 2010s: Inception (2010)

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Fine Film FactsInception (2010)

Director(s): Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Prestige).

Writer(s): Christopher Nolan.

Cerficicate: 12A.

Genre: Science-fiction / Action Adventure.

Main Cast: Leanardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street, Django Unchained) as Dom Cobb, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Lincoln, Looper) as Arthur, Ellen Page (Juno, Hard Candy) as Ariadne, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Bronson) as Eames and Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, Sunshine) as Robert Fischer.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures.

Budget/Box Office: $160 million / $828 million.

Major Award(s): Nominated for 8 Academy Awards. Won 4 – Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects. Nominated for 9 BAFTA’s. Won 3 – Best Production Design, Best Sound, Best Special Visual Effects.

IMDB Rating: 8.8/10


If we are talking about important movies, Inception has to definitely be on the list! Not only is the plot engaging, its is intellectually demanding. The real novelty of the movie is the layering of dreams within dreams, yielding addictively vertiginous sequences of parallel action. 

The cinematographer, Wally Pfister, had a vast budget to play with, and play with it he does, with folding Parisian streets back on themselves and anti-gravity shots. Pfister and Nolan’s creativity within this movie showed itself very well.

When you’re not basking in the amazing visuals, you can always lean into DiCaprio and appreciate the emotion he brings to the movie. From start to end he anchors the film with a low-key yet intense performance, despite chaos breaking out all around him.

These days, movies are often repetitive – with sequels remakes and franchises. However, Inception is different, it is wholly original yet structured with action movie basics.

Last modified: 6th December 2019

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