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Directed byChristopher Nolan
Produced byChristopher Nolan
Emma Thomas
Written byChristopher Nolan
StarringLeonardo DiCaprio
Ken Watanabe
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Marion Cotillard
Ellen Page
Tom Hardy
Cillian Murphy
Tom Berenger
Michael Caine
Music byHans Zimmer[1]
CinematographyWally Pfister
Edited byLee Smith
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • July 8, 2010 (2010-07-08) (London premiere)
  • July 16, 2010 (2010-07-16) (United States)
Running time
148 minutes[2]
  • United States[3]
  • United Kingdom[3]
Box office$659,091,844[5]

Inception is a 2010 British-American science fiction action heist movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan, who also produced the movie with his wife, Emma Thomas. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. He is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious. The ensemble cast includes Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine.[6]

The idea behind Inception was first developed over nine years before it was released. After the 2002 completion of Insomnia, Nolan wrote an 80-page treatment for a horror movie envisioning "dream-stealers", presenting the idea to Warner Bros. based on ideas of lucid dreaming and dream incubation.[7] Deciding he needed more experience before tackling a production of this magnitude and complexity, Nolan shelved the project[8] and instead worked on 2005's Batman Begins, 2006's The Prestige, and The Dark Knight in 2008. He spent six months polishing up the script for Inception before Warner Bros. purchased it in February 2009.[9] Filming spanned in six countries, beginning in Tokyo on June 19 and finishing in Canada in November 22. It was officially budgeted at $160 million, a cost which was shared between Warner Bros. and Legendary.[4] Nolan's success with The Dark Knight helped gain the movie $100 million to spend on advertising.[4]

Inception was first screened in London on July 8, 2010 and was shown in standard and IMAX theatres on July 16, 2010.[10][11] Inception grossed over $828 million worldwide, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing movie of 2010. Considered one of the best movies of the 2010s, Inception received critical praise for its screenplay, direction, themes, action sequences, visual effects, musical score, and ensemble cast.[5] It won four Academy Awards (Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects) and was nominated for four more: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Score.

Release dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 Egypt 14 July 2010
 Kuwait 15 July 2010
 Malaysia 15 July 2010
 Philippines 15 July 2010
 Singapore 15 July 2010
 Syria 15 July 2010
 Thailand 15 July 2010
 Canada 16 July 2010
 United Kingdom 16 July 2010
 Indonesia 16 July 2010
 Ireland 16 July 2010
 India 16 July 2010
 Kazakhstan 16 July 2010
 Netherlands 16 July 2010
 Taiwan 16 July 2010
 United States 16 July 2010
 Belgium 21 July 2010
  Switzerland 21 July 2010 (French speaking region)
 France 21 July 2010
 South Korea 21 July 2010
 Norway 21 July 2010
 Australia 22 July 2010
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 22 July 2010
 Czech Republic 22 July 2010
 Georgia 22 July 2010
 Croatia 22 July 2010
 Hungary 22 July 2010
 Israel 22 July 2010
 Portugal 22 July 2010
 Serbia 22 July 2010
 Russia 22 July 2010
 Slovakia 22 July 2010
 Ukraine 22 July 2010
 Bulgaria 23 July 2010
 Estonia 23 July 2010
 Finland 23 July 2010
 Iceland 23 July 2010
 Japan 23 July 2010
 Lithuania 23 July 2010
 Mexico 23 July 2010
 Sweden 23 July 2010
 Peru 28 July 2010
 Argentina 29 July 2010
  Switzerland 29 July 2010 (German speaking region)
 Germany 29 July 2010
 Denmark 29 July 2010
 Hong Kong 29 July 2010
 Lebanon 29 July 2010
 Austria 30 July 2010
 Latvia 30 July 2010
 Poland 30 July 2010
 Romania 30 July 2010
 Turkey 30 July 2010
 Uruguay 30 July 2010
 South Africa 30 July 2010
 Brazil 6 August 2010
 Colombia 6 August 2010
 Spain 6 August 2010
 Panama 6 August 2010
 Vietnam 6 August 2010
 Armenia 10 August 2010
 Chile 12 August 2010
 Venezuela 13 August 2010
 Greece 24 August 2010
 China 1 September 2010
 Pakistan 11 September 2010
  Switzerland 24 September 2010 (Italian speaking region)
 Italy 24 September 2010

References[change | change source]

  1. George (2009-07-23). "Inception Cast and Crew Updates". Cinema Rewind. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2009-08-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Inception". BBFC. Retrieved 2010-08-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Film: Inception". Lumiere. Retrieved November 7, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Fritz, Ben (July 15, 2010). "Movie projector: 'Inception' headed for No. 1, 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' to open in third". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 2010-07-27. It's also one of the most expensive, at $160 million, a cost that was split by Warner and Legendary Pictures. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Inception(2010)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-08-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. Eisenberg, Mike (2010-05-05). "Updated 'Inception' Synopsis Reveals More". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2010-07-18. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. Sheila Marikar (July 16, 2010). "Inside 'Inception': Could Christopher Nolan's Dream World Exist in Real Life? Dream Experts Say 'Inception's' Conception of the Subconscious Isn't Far From Science". ABC News. The Walt Disney Company.
  8. Itzkoff, Dave (2010-06-30). "A Man and His Dream: Christopher Nolan and Inception". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-01. This is a Film I first pitched to the studio probably nine years ago, and I wasn’t really ready to finish it. I needed more experience in making a big movie. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. Michael Fleming (2009-02-11). "Nolan tackles Inception for WB". Variety. Retrieved 2009-02-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. "Weekend Briefing: 'Inception' Breaks In, 'Apprentice' Lacks Magic". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-07-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. Jenny Peters (July 14, 2010). "Partying for a Cause at the "Inception" Premiere". Fashion Wire Daily. Yahoo!.