Melissa Moseley
Nicole Sperling
July 08, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Inception

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
148 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/16/10
performer
Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe
director
Christopher Nolan
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Christopher Nolan
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

STARRING Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
DIRECTED BY Christopher Nolan
WRITTEN BY Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan’s new movie is about dreams, and if you think he’ll reveal much more than that — well, you’re dreaming. The director of The Dark Knight and Memento has protected Inception from inquiring minds since day one. The actors had to read the script in his office, or have it hand-delivered to their homes, where someone stood guard outside while they perused it. Even the tense, riveting trailer really only tells you that one of Hollywood’s few truly electrifying directors is up to something. But come to think of it, that’s a hell of a good offer. ”After I read the script, I was sweating, I was so exhilarated,” says Ellen Page. ”There were moments when I was pinching myself that I was involved with this Chris Nolan film. The stuff he does is going to blow people’s minds. It definitely blew mine.” Page won’t elaborate beyond saying that the movie had her doing ”the craziest s— I’ve ever done.”

Inception concerns a group of freelance dream thieves who steal people’s ideas for corporate gain by inserting themselves into strangers’ subconscious while they are sleeping. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, the group’s leader, who agrees to take on one last job — an extremely dangerous one that could reunite him with the family from whom he’s long been separated. Page plays Ariadne, a college student who joins Cobb’s team. The PG-13 film toggles between dream states and reality, globe-jumping from Morocco, Tokyo, London, and beyond in what DiCaprio calls ”a collage” in which various landscapes ”all blend together and intersect.”

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