Christopher Nolan's high-concept heist film Inception hits theaters in less than two months, and while we've seen some amazing footage from the trailers (as well as an equally amazing remix thanks to Screen Rant's Mike Eisenberg), much of the movie's plot is still shrouded in mystery. Perhaps some of that confusion will go away thanks to seven brand new character posters from the film.
The posters, which were released exclusively to Moviefone, Omelete and Empire, feature each of the main characters in the film and a description of their roles. For instance, Leonardo DiCaprio's poster describes him as "The Extractor." Going down the line, the rest of the characters are described as follows:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - The Point Man
Ellen Page - The Architect
Cillian Murphy - The Mark
Ken Watanabe - The Tourist
Tom Hardy - The Forger
Marion Cotillard - The Shade
Check out the posters below. Click each image for a larger version.
As a reminder, here is the most recent synopsis for the film:
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 come up with some of our own theories about Inception, but these posters give the film some additional context. Earlier, I described Inception as a high-concept heist film, and these posters back that up. However, while there are traditional roles that you might recognize ("The Mark" and "The Point Man"), there are other descriptions that stand out.
For example, what does it mean that Ellen Page's character is The Architect? My initial guess is that DiCaprio's character contracts her to come up with whatever dream or idea they plan on implanting. Then again, perhaps that's Tom Hardy's job as The Forger. Is he forging the idea that they're going to plant, or does he forge memories of the people from whom they steal? And what could Ken Watanabe do as The Tourist?
Clearly, there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered and I'm incredibly happy that there's still a lot of mystery to this movie. Too often, big blockbuster films give away everything in the trailers to try and suck people into the theaters. Then, when we get there, we're disappointed because we already know what's going to happen and we've seen all the best parts.
Christopher Nolan is lucky because the studio isn't forcing him into that trap. With his name recognition and the film's star-studded cast, Inception will likely have a great opening weekend no matter what. Then, if the plot is as intriguing as it appears to be, it will continue to build on strong word of mouth. In other words, we all win.
What do you think of these character posters? What does each character description mean?
Inception opens in theaters on July 16th, 2010.