Updated ‘Inception’ Synopsis Reveals More

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Just over two months away from the July 16th release of Inception, details continue to slowly emerge. Many of you have been able to stay away from every last piece of information, playing along with the mystery of the film. But with so little out there, the extended synopsis of the plot makes for quite a revealing update. So let it be known, if you want to remain in the dark, stop reading now.

Director Christopher Nolan’s films have all dealt with isolation, focusing typically on a central character and their struggles. He has worked with ensemble casts before, like in The Dark Knight, but Inception just feels like something we’ve never seen from the filmmaker. Based on the plot synopsis and one specific line in the middle, it seems clear his main character (Leonardo DiCaprio) will find himself in a lonely place, if only emotionally. Add the idea that you are alone with your dreams and there’s your isolation right there.

But Nolan has previously discussed how the film is technically a heist movie with the dream concept functioning as a device to tell an engaging story. The synopsis seems to expand on the idea that Inception is not quite so bizarre in terms of story, but rather in the way a battle-tested plot is told.

Some of the details you’ll find touched on a bit more are DiCaprio’s role in the overall scheme, the purpose for the movie’s title, and the intention of the main character and his squad. What it does not get into are any of the visual elements or the psychological components of the film. It is strictly plot, which is actually a modest step forward, rather than an overwhelming jump

Here is the more extensive Inception 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.

We’ve seen this kind of film before – skilled assassin/police officer/criminal takes on one last gig before calling it quits, but everything goes wrong. Yet, you look at the trailers and nothing but creativity bleeds from every frame. That is the real beauty of filmmaking. Take a step back and look at all of your favorite films. Once you generalize the plot a bit, you may find many of them are similar. There really are not all that many great core stories – instead, it comes down to the way the story is told and the dialogue that tells it.

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Some digging between the lines of this synopsis can lead to a few more details, but it remains speculation. Cobb losing “everything he has ever loved” seems a clear reference to his wife, played by Marion Cotillard, dying either during the film or before it. She is the one character we have almost no clips for or information about. We also get final assurance Cobb is a criminal.

The amazing thing about this synopsis is, while it reveals quite a bit more about the story, the whole of Inception is still a total mystery. We still have basically no clue what the heck is going on and why it is the way it is. You can put all the information together from other stories and get a basic idea of what Nolan is going for, but still no concrete understanding. I can only imagine what it would have been like if we dissected Memento like this.

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A new Inception trailer hits theaters in front of Iron Man 2 and will hopefully include footage shown at recent conventions like the ski chase, the city falling into the ocean and Marion Cotillard in some fashion. There’s still plenty to be excited about, but don’t get too upset when the spoilers begin to pop up over the next month or so.

What do you think of the latest plot details? Are you just waiting for more visuals or does the extended storyline sound more intriguing to you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Inception is set to fold into theaters on July 16th, 2010.

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  1. It’s gonna be the more revolutionary SciFi film since the Matrix, and this ones gonna have actual good actors!

    • I totally agree! Nolan is, by far, the best director of this decade. If this film is anywhere near what Memento was, this will be the summer us Nolan fans will never forget!

  2. I just don’t understand how the projections can hurt the team when the team knows they’re in a dream. How does Saito die from a wound he got in the first level? So the whole movie is a dream right? Why couldn’t you dream about your token behaving the same way in a dream as in reality?

    • The projections can cause then to awake, or go into ‘limbo’, by shooting and killing them. The todem, or token, is significant to only you and your reality so when you create it to do one thing in reality it can only do it there. The part that confuses me is when Cobb locks away Mal’s top away in the safe ‘forever’ spinning. That means something but I cant figure it out.

      • *locks Mal’s top away

        proofread ha

  3. I believe the whole thing is a dream…
    . Nolan’s dream and  the inception is on us the viewer! The story of a man whose wife  is killed or has 
    killed  herself …? Cobb is the husband who witness the death of  his wife and believes he is the reason she died. Or is he the killer!    Him not wanting to see the face of his children shows his guilt and remorse or sadness? Not being able to save his wife…?  The other characters are persons in his life.  

    His doctor – Yusuf
    His psychatrist- Eames 
    His business partner- Arthur 
    The procecutor – Saito
    His lawyer – ariadne
    Witness – fisher
    Projections: the jury/the media
    Limbo- his unclear memory of what actually happened the day she died!

    We see  his children in his dream to be the same age and at the end they are older Which explains his time away from them during the trial.

    Building collapsing are his life falling apart, being distraught. 

    The isolated hospital in the snow, a jail!

    His only escape, suicide! Mal trying to kill him … He should have died not her.
    Each person in his life become a character in a dream he created to redeem himself.  He is creating dreams within other dreams, trying to find the truth within the truth, trying to escape the inevitable..the real truth that can free him of all charges or finds him guilty. The end shows him going home (he is still dreaming) innocent! That is a dream that we all have! Redemption!   The top spinning at the end…the uncertainty of the final decision.  Is he or is he not guilty of his wife murder?  The genius of Nolan is the story he brought to us and what you make of it!I believe the whole thing is a drean… Nolan’s dream and  the inception is on us the viewer! The story of a man whose wife  is killed or has 
    killed  herself …? Cobb is the husband who witness the death of  his wife and believes he is the reason she died. Or is he the killer!    Him not wanting to see the face of his children shows his guilt and remorse or sadness? Not being able to save his wife…?  The other characters are persons in his life.  

    His doctor – Yusuf
    His psychatrist- Eames 
    His business partner- Arthur 
    The procecutor – Saito
    His lawyer – ariadne
    Witness – fisher
    Projections: the jury/the media
    Limbo- his unclear memory of what actually happened the day she died!

    We see  his children in his dream to be the same age and at the end they are older Which explains his time away from them during the trial.

    Building collapsing are his life falling apart, being distraught. 

    The isolated hospital in the snow, a jail!

    His only escape, suicide! Mal trying to kill him. 
    Each person in his life become a character in a dream he created to redeem himself.  He is creating dreams within other dreams, trying to find the truth within the truth, trying to escape the inevitable..the real truth that can free him of all charges. The end shows him going home (he is still dreaming) innocent! That is a dream that we all have! Redemption!   The top spinning at the end…the uncertainty of the final decision.  Is he or is he not guilty of his wife murder?  The genius of Nolan is the story he brought to us and what you make of it!

  4. Yeaahh Bitchesss

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