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Christopher Nolan, 2010
USA/UK | Format: 35mm | 148 minutes
In the most audacious Hollywood film of the last decade, technology known as "dream sharing" has enabled a whole new kind of corporate espionage, allowing a master thief (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of associates to plunder their victims' neural pathways with the balletic grace of John Dillinger knocking over a bank. But does this same technology also make it possible to introduce an idea into someone else’s mind and have them accept it as their own? Such is the task that DiCaprio’s Cobb finds himself faced with when a billionaire businessman (Ken Watanabe) enlists him to literally plant the seeds of a competitor’s downfall. Decked out with masterful special effects and action sequences that take us deeper and deeper into a multi-layered dream world, Nolan’s brain-teasing triumph is that true rarity in today’s Hollywood: a big-budget blockbuster as stimulating to the mind as it is to the senses. Nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and winner of four (Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects).