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Christopher Nolan, director of Memento, The Prestige, and brain behind the two-movie deep reboot of the Batman series, has unleashed Inception, a sci-fi movie that he's been writing for near a decade.
Inception deals with the idea of a "Dream thief". Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a man who can steal your ideas in a procedure called extraction. Along with extraction, Cobb and his team also provide extraction defense (the prevention of extraction), and inception... that is, the planting of an idea in your head by invading your dreams using godmachines.
Here's the official plot synopsis:
Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in an original sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) 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. This summer, your mind is the scene of the crime. This movie has been rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout.
The movie, both written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight), also stars Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger and Michael Caine.
Inception was a very large success, with a domestic total take double that of the production ($292 mil and $160 mil, respectively), not to mention foreign box office gross and DVD/BluRay sales that are just heating up. It's nice to see a movie not made by Bay or Cameron being successful.