Film Review 3: Inception


‘Inception’ is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan, and co-produced by Emma Thomas.

Nolan presented Warner Bros with an 80 page treatment (a treatment is the first draft of a screen play, it reads like a short story but is told in the present tense to describe events as they happen) in 2002 after his success with Insomnia. This 80 page treatment was about a horror film envisioning ‘dream stealers’, based off of lucid dreams. Nolan retired this project and decided instead to work on 2005’s ‘Batman Begins’, 2006’s ‘The Prestige’, and ‘The Dark Knight’ in 2008. After this the treatment was revisited over 6 months and then purchased by Warner Bros in 2009. ‘Inception’ was filmed in six countries, beginning in Tokyo in June 19 and ending in Canada in November 22. The official budget for this film was US$160 million, which was split between Warner Bros and Legendary. With the hemp of Nolan’s good reputation, this helped them secure $100 million in advertising expenditure.


The Trailer



Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible – inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

Written by Warner Bros. Pictures


Narrative Structure 

The narrative structure for ‘Inception’ is difficult to analyse. It is definitely non linear, however ‘Inception’ uses a unique blend of narrative strategies. This is done to tell a genre-bending and involving story.


My Opinion

I thought this film was fantastic. Outstanding editing was done to really represent peoples dreams, a great use of fasted pace cuts where used in action scenes, the sound was stunning and relevant to each scene, and the mise-en-scene was astonishing, especially the wonderful and beautiful locations that were used. The factor that really stood out for me that made this film great however was the impeccable and intellectual story line that this film possesses. I would rate this film 9/10 as it was near perfection however even though I did just say how great the story line was, it was almost too complex as at some points as it would leave the audience unsure or disorientated as to what is happening, which was the only downfall I could think of.


Director and Actor


Christopher Edward Nolan (born 30 July 1970) is an English-American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and editor. He is one of the highest-grossing directors in history, and among the most successful and acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century.

Having made his directorial debut with ‘Following’ (1998), Nolan gained considerable attention for his second feature, ‘Memento'(2000), for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The acclaim garnered by his independent films gave Nolan the opportunity to make the big-budget thriller ‘Insomnia’ (2002), and the mystery drama ‘The Prestige'(2006). He found further popular and critical success with the ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’ (2005–2012); ‘Inception’ (2010), for which he received a second Original Screenplay nomination and one for the Academy Award for Best Picture; and ‘Interstellar’ (2014). His nine films have grossed over US$4.2 billion worldwide and garnered a total of 26 Oscar nominations and seven wins. Nolan has co-written several of his films with his younger brother, Jonathan, and runs the production company Syncopy Inc. with his wife, Emma Thomas.

Nolan’s films are rooted in philosophical, Sociological and ethical concepts, exploring human morality, the construction of time, and the malleable nature of memory and Personal Identity. His body of work is permeated by labyrinth plots, nonlinear storytelling, temporal shifts, solipsistic perspective,practical special effects, and analogous relationships between visual language and narrative elements.

This information above is from the Wikipedia page of Christopher Nolan- . Through this research on Nolan, I have decided to watch more of his films as his films seem to focus on areas that appear in crime thrillers (which is the sub genre of thriller my team have decided to do for our main task) such as sociological concepts and human morals.


leonardo Dicaprio plays the protagonist ‘Cob’ in ‘Inception’. He is definitely an iconic actor for the film as he appears in many films of the thriller genre. A couple examples of other thriller films he is in is ‘Shutter Island’ and also ‘The Departed’ (which will be my next film review).



I was interested to know more about the films, and what it all meant, so I did some YouTube film research and here is what I found.

After watching the video, like so many other fans of this film, I just wanted to know more, so I saw that the YouTuber who made the video above had another video on Inception (probably because he is as obsessed by this film as me!) and so I decided to watch this to learn more about the films motive and meaning.

This video starts by providing the audience with an idea that films are dream-like, and this film was done to almost mimic that. I just find it so clever and fascinating how directors and their films can be so clever, creative and manipulative towards the audience and how films can incorporate loads of the different meanings into films.





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