Official Plot Synopsis for Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION

     May 4, 2010

Warner Bros. has released the official plot synopsis for Christopher Nolan’s Inception.  We’ve come along way from April 2009 when all we knew was the logline: “a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind.”  And then Ellen Page warned us in September that we shouldn’t try and find out more about the film.  Then we finally learned it was “Hollywood’s first existential heist film.”  Now we have the official synopsis.  I don’t think it ruins the film because it’s just the premise.  I mean, if you want to know why the film is called “Inception,” then I guess you should stay away.

But we’ve seen from the trailer that this is a film that is meant to be seen, not related second-hand.  You could say the same about Nolan’s Memento.  If I told you, “It’s about a guy with no short-term memory trying to catch his wife’s killer.  Also, the story is told in reverse,” you’d be interested, but you have to watch the film to really appreciate it.  I don’t think the film will be a letdown, but this synopsis kind of proves my original point about the ridiculousness of the secrecy.

Hit the jump to read the synopsis.  Inception hits theaters on July 16th.

Here’s the official plot synopsis for Inception:


In theatres and IMAX on July 16

(Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan

Producers: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan

Executive Producer: Chris Brigham, Thomas Tull

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine

Sci-Fi Action. 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.

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