History Film / Inception

9th Jan '16 2:55:16 PM crazysamaritan
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* IntangibleTheft: A crew of thieves steal ideas for a living. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since they do this by reading the subject's mind. In a situation like that, ''all'' you can steal are ideas.
6th Jan '16 9:23:58 AM Temmere
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* BadassBoast: Ariadne has a subtle ''non-verbal'' one. Cobb hands her a notebook and tells her to draw a maze he can't quickly solve. She draws one, but he solves it, rips the paper out, and tells her to try again. She does, he solves it, rips the paper out, and tells her to try again. She gets a look in her eye and draws the next maze on the ''cardboard'' of the notebook, as if to say, "You won't be ripping this page out." And he doesn't.
26th Dec '15 7:58:25 PM MinisterOfSinister
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--->'''Eames:''' Too much free champagne before we went under, eh Yusuf? --->'''Yusuf:''' Ha ha bloody ha.
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--->'''Eames:''' -->'''Eames:''' Too much free champagne before we went under, eh Yusuf? --->'''Yusuf:''' Yusuf?\\ '''Yusuf:''' Ha ha bloody ha.
7th Dec '15 12:55:26 PM eroock
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* SmashToBlack: Done at the end of the final scene.
30th Sep '15 11:46:39 AM SoloMael
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: While most examples are villains, Saito is a rare anti-heroic version of this trope. He is willing to hire people who try to steal from him, hires Cobb's crew to MindRape a rival, and can undo a murder charge with a single phone call. However, [[IGaveMyWord he also honors the agreement]] he makes with Cobb.
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: While most examples are villains, Saito is a rare anti-heroic anti-hero version of this trope. He is willing to hire people who try to steal from him, hires Cobb's crew to MindRape a rival, and can undo a murder charge with a single phone call. However, [[IGaveMyWord he also honors the agreement]] he makes with Cobb.

* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:The projection of al]] in Cobb's arms.
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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:The projection of al]] Mal]] in Cobb's arms.
28th Sep '15 4:21:26 AM PaulA
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* AntiHero: Both Cobb and Saito have rather selfish motives for messing with Robert Fischer's subconscious, and all the other team members are motivated by either money, curiosity, the thrill of the challenge, or a combination of all these. [[spoiler:They're arguably altering Fischer's subconscious for the better, in that he'll have a more positive outlook on his father and life in general, but it's an outlook that was based on lies.]] ** Even if you put aside their selfish motives, the team's remarkably deceptive and manipulative methods are morally questionable, to say the least. ** Could be justifiable on Saito's behalf: when Saito explains the job to Cobb in Mombasa, he mentions that if Fischer's company isn't broken up then it will become a global energy monopoly, so by forcing the company to dissolve it would be preventing a possible global energy crisis.
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* AndStarring: The headline credits at the end of the film end with "and Michael Caine". * AntiHero: Both Cobb and Saito have rather selfish motives for messing with Robert Fischer's subconscious, and all the other team members are motivated by either money, curiosity, the thrill of the challenge, or a combination of all these. [[spoiler:They're arguably altering Fischer's subconscious for the better, in that he'll have a more positive outlook on his father and life in general, but it's an outlook that was based on lies.]] ** ]] Even if you put aside their selfish motives, the team's remarkably deceptive and manipulative methods are morally questionable, to say the least. ** least. Could be justifiable on Saito's behalf: when Saito explains the job to Cobb in Mombasa, he mentions that if Fischer's company isn't broken up then it will become a global energy monopoly, so by forcing the company to dissolve it would be preventing a possible global energy crisis.

* ArcWords: Several.
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* ArcWords: Several.ArcWords:

* BadassBookworm: Arthur. Cobb mentions that he's in charge of doing the research, and he's smart enough to figure out how to simulate falling in zero gravity. He's also badass enough to pull it off, in limited time, while fighting off mooks. Again, in zero gravity.
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* BadassBookworm: BadassBookworm: ** Arthur. Cobb mentions that he's in charge of doing the research, and he's smart enough to figure out how to simulate falling in zero gravity. He's also badass enough to pull it off, in limited time, while fighting off mooks. Again, in zero gravity.

%%* BatmanColdOpen: See ActionPrologue.

* BilingualBonus: The French song used as a signal to wake up is about letting go of the past. Due to the language's love of double negatives, it could be literally translated to "I regret nothing of nothing:" how can one regret something that only took place in a dream? Also, although that part may not be audible in the film, the song famously goes on to say "(I don't regret) any of the evil/hurt inflicted to me" with the word for "evil/hurt" being... ''[[MeaningfulName mal]]''. ItGetsBetter: Marion Cotillard, playing Mal in Inception, impersonated Music/EdithPiaf (singer of the aforementioned French song) in ''La Vie en rose'', the movie that gave her an Oscar (and thus made her known to American audiences). ** Regarding the "double negative" above: repeating a word (especially an adjective or an adverb) in the "X de X" construction is commonly used as an intensifier. While "I regret nothing of nothing" is a possible (if unlikely) translation for "rien de rien", it's really closer to "I ''really'' don't regret anything."
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* BilingualBonus: The French song used as a signal to wake up is about letting go of the past. Due to the language's love of double negatives, it could be literally translated to "I regret nothing of nothing:" how can one regret something that only took place in a dream? Also, although Although that part may not be audible in the film, the song famously goes on to say "(I don't regret) any of the evil/hurt inflicted to me" with the word for "evil/hurt" being... ''[[MeaningfulName mal]]''. ItGetsBetter: Marion Cotillard, playing Mal in Inception, impersonated Music/EdithPiaf (singer of the aforementioned French song) in ''La Vie en rose'', the movie that gave her an Oscar (and thus made her known to American audiences).\n** Regarding the "double negative" above: repeating a word (especially an adjective or an adverb) in the "X de X" construction is commonly used as an intensifier. While "I regret nothing of nothing" is a possible (if unlikely) translation for "rien de rien", it's really closer to "I ''really'' don't regret anything."

* BlankBook: The papers recovered from the safe that appear white.
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* BlankBook: The papers recovered from After Cobb is caught stealing the safe envelope representing Saito's secret knowledge, Saito takes it back, but when he opens the envelope it's full of blank pages, revealing that appear white.it's not the real envelope but a decoy Cobb was shown with earlier.

%%* BondOpeningSequence: see ActionPrologue.

* ButtMonkey: Poor Arthur. Especially when it comes to testing out the "kicks", somehow Arthur's always the one getting his chair knocked over, his gun dissed by Eames, and so on. His awesomeness at the end makes up for it, though. ** Not to mention he gets shot twice at the beginning. Once just to cause him pain, and once BY HIS OWN TEAMMATE (admittedly to wake him up).
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* ButtMonkey: Poor Arthur. Especially when it comes to testing out the "kicks", somehow Arthur's always the one getting his chair knocked over, his gun dissed by Eames, and so on. His awesomeness at the end makes up for it, though. ** though. Not to mention he gets shot twice at in the beginning.opening caper. Once just to cause him pain, and once BY HIS OWN TEAMMATE (admittedly to wake him up).

-->'''Eames:''' Cobb ? Did we miss it? -->'''Cobb:''' [''who just saw the huge avalanche, as did everyone''] Yeah, we missed it.
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-->'''Eames:''' Cobb ? Cobb? Did we miss it? -->'''Cobb:''' it?\\ '''Cobb:''' [''who just saw the huge avalanche, as did everyone''] Yeah, we missed it.

** The top comes back with a vengeance, and the train makes a few appearances before it gets any context. ** [[spoiler:The Penrose stairs.]]
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** The top comes back with a vengeance, and the train makes a few appearances before it gets any context. vengeance. ** [[spoiler:The Penrose stairs.stairs that Arthur demonstrates during Ariadne's training come in handy during the actual caper.]]

** Cobb mentions early on that he doesn't like trains. [[spoiler:Ariadne also briefly sees a freight train in his memory. In the first level of the inception job, Cobb's subconscious rams them with a freight train. Turns out it's the train he and Mal killed themselves with to get out of Limbo.]]
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** The train makes a few appearances before it gets any context. Cobb mentions early on that he doesn't like trains. [[spoiler:Ariadne also briefly sees a freight train in his memory. In the first level of the inception job, Cobb's subconscious rams them with a freight train. Turns out it's the train he and Mal killed themselves with to get out of Limbo.]]

* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: In the snow level of the dream, Cobb's crew carry guns and/or wear goggles that have all been colored white, and the mooks defending the fortress cover their faces in black while carrying black guns without winterized camouflage. Helpful since everyone is wearing winter combat gear and would be otherwise indistinguishable. Possible JustifiedTrope: [[spoiler:Eames]] may have made this adjustment as the dreamer for the snow level, or [[spoiler:Fischer]] may be influencing the projections because [[spoiler:the Mister Charles gambit worked and he wants the Inception team to win.]] ** The dream layers are also tinted differently to help the viewer discern between the switching scenes. The top dream layer is blue, the second is brown and the final dream level is white. * ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Saito does this to Dom. In a subversion, Dom (as Mr. Charles) does it to Fischer, albeit it's "if you want your secrets kept safe."
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* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: ColourCodedForYourConvenience: ** The dream layers are tinted differently to help the viewer discern between the switching scenes. The top dream layer is blue, the second is brown and the final dream level is white. ** In the snow level of the dream, Cobb's crew carry guns and/or wear goggles that have all been colored white, and the mooks defending the fortress cover their faces in black while carrying black guns without winterized camouflage. Helpful since everyone is wearing winter combat gear and would be otherwise indistinguishable. Possible JustifiedTrope: [[spoiler:Eames]] may have made this adjustment as the dreamer for the snow level, or [[spoiler:Fischer]] may be influencing the projections because [[spoiler:the Mister Charles gambit worked and he wants the Inception team to win.]] * ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: ** The dream layers are also tinted differently to help the viewer discern between the switching scenes. The top dream layer is blue, the second is brown and the final dream level is white. * ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Saito does this to Dom. Dom when he's being chased by Cobol's agents. ** In a subversion, Dom (as Mr. Charles) does it to Fischer, albeit it's "if you want your secrets kept safe."

* CoolGun: So many to list. Highlights include Eames Milkor MGL grenade launcher, Arthur's FN SCAR assault rifle and Cobb's suppressed Beretta [=PX4=] Storm handgun. * CoolTrain: The Shinkansen at the beginning and (for fans of American freight trains) the train from Cobb's dreams.
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* CoolGun: So many to list. Highlights include Eames Milkor MGL grenade launcher, Arthur's FN SCAR assault rifle and Cobb's suppressed Beretta [=PX4=] Storm handgun. * CoolTrain: CoolTrain: ** The Shinkansen at the beginning and (for beginning. ** For fans of American freight trains) trains, the train from Cobb's dreams.

* {{Cyberpunk}}: Actually done believably for once. See TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. ** More accurately, the movie is PostCyberpunk, lacking both the "cyber" and the "punk", while still being clearly a successor to the parent genre.

* DeathIsCheap: Being killed in a dream merely leads to the subject waking up, although if it happens while they're sedated, it can lead to remaining in limbo for what feels like ''years'' (see AndIMustScream).
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* DeathIsCheap: Being killed in a dream merely leads to the subject waking up, although if it happens while they're sedated, it can lead to remaining in limbo for what feels like ''years'' (see AndIMustScream).''years''.

* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Mal]] in Cobb's arms.
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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Mal]] [[spoiler:The projection of al]] in Cobb's arms.

* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler:Cobb's first inception.]] * GravityScrew: The entire hotel corridor fight sequence between Arthur and the projections. There's also Cobb and Ariadne walking straight up a wall in the "Paris folding" sequence.
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* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler:Cobb's first inception. Mal accepted the idea, and never realised it had been induced, but it led directly to her death.]] * GravityScrew: The entire hotel corridor fight sequence between Arthur and the projections. There's also GravityScrew: ** Cobb and Ariadne walking straight up a wall in the "Paris folding" sequence.sequence. ** The hotel corridor fight sequence between Arthur and the projections while the van in the next dream level is flipping over.

* HonorBeforeReason: When Saito is shot in the first layer of the dream and Cobb explains about the consequences of the sedative and how death will send the dreamer to limbo until he wakes up, Saito tells Cobb that he will still follow through on his promise to Cobb. [[spoiler:Cut to the end and Saito has died within the dream and has gone into Limbo and Cobb goes in to get him out. After they wake up, Saito who would understandably be shaken after having spent decades in Limbo having all but forgotten everything about himself until Cobb jolted his memory, takes one quick look at Cobb and reaches for the phone and starts dialing, indicating that holding to his promise was the first thing on his mind when he woke up.]] Saito is Japanese right? So honor would be incredibly important culturally speaking.

* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: All over the place. A nasty {{subver|ted trope}}sion occurs in the first dream level (the rainy city). Apparently in the world of ''Inception'', executives and other people with secrets to guard can receive dream security training -- Cobb poses as such a trainer early in the movie. Fischer has apparently had it, and as such has military projections who can shoot quite straight. They [[spoiler:fatally wound Saito]] and send the entire team scrambling.\\ \\ However, the {{mooks}} from the corporation who hunt Cobb and Arthur in what is allegedly the real world absolutely live by this trope. Two of them are equipped with semi-auto handguns and can't hit Cobb while he is running just few feet from them in the alleyway in Mombasa.
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* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: All over ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: ** The {{mooks}} from the place. Cobol Corporation who hunt Cobb and Arthur in what is allegedly the real world absolutely live by this trope. Two of them are equipped with semi-auto handguns and can't hit Cobb while he is running just few feet from them in the alleyway in Mombasa. ** A nasty {{subver|ted trope}}sion occurs in the first dream level (the rainy city). Apparently in the world of ''Inception'', executives and other people with secrets to guard can receive dream security training -- Cobb poses as such a trainer early in the movie. Fischer has apparently had it, and as such has military projections who can shoot quite straight. They [[spoiler:fatally wound Saito]] and send the entire team scrambling.\\ \\ However, the {{mooks}} from the corporation who hunt Cobb and Arthur in what is allegedly the real world absolutely live by this trope. Two of them are equipped with semi-auto handguns and can't hit Cobb while he is running just few feet from them in the alleyway in Mombasa.

* IronicEcho: No room for tourists.
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* IronicEcho: No When Cobb is resisting having Saito along during the caper, Eames says they have "no room for tourists.tourists". Saito repeats this to Eames when they turn out to need his help on the last dream level.

* LoveMakesYouEvil: Played with interestingly. [[spoiler:Cobb's love for Mal prompted him to MindRape her in order to get her out of Limbo. In turn, the brainwashed Mal ruined Cobb's life to make sure he would commit suicide with her. Cobb then knowingly risked the lives of his crew by trying to keep Mal alive in his dreams, whereupon she constantly sabotaged his jobs and attempted to kill his comrades so that he would join her in Limbo.]] You follow all that? * MagicAIsMagicA: The rules of the dream world and extraction are continually elaborated upon throughout the movie; the movie makes more sense when you take notes.
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* LoveMakesYouEvil: Played with interestingly. [[spoiler:Cobb's love for Mal prompted him to MindRape her in order to get her out of Limbo. In turn, the brainwashed Mal ruined Cobb's life to make sure he would commit suicide with her. Cobb then knowingly risked the lives of his crew by trying to keep Mal alive in his dreams, whereupon she constantly sabotaged his jobs and attempted to kill his comrades so that he would join her in Limbo.]] You follow all that? ]] * MagicAIsMagicA: MagicAIsMagicA: ** The rules of the dream world and extraction are continually elaborated upon throughout the movie; the movie makes more sense when you take notes.

* MegaCorp: Cobol Engineering is Absurdly Powerful. They have dozens of assassins in, say, Kenya, waiting to be activated in a strangely dream-like plot development (though we are warned beforehand that Cobol operates heavily there). See Disproportionate Retribution.
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* MegaCorp: MegaCorp: ** Cobol Engineering is Absurdly Powerful. They have dozens of assassins in, say, Kenya, waiting to be activated in a strangely dream-like plot development (though we are warned beforehand that Cobol operates heavily there). See Disproportionate Retribution.

* MercyKill: ** There's a non-fatal version in the introductory sequence. See ShootTheHostage. ** Also, it's being discussed as a solution to end Saito's suffering. * MetaTwist: [[spoiler:Given the circumstances or their arrangement, a GenreSavvy viewer might expect Saito to try to screw Cobb over on their deal by the end. Theories on the ending aside, Saito appears to be on the level with Cobb and honors the deal.]] ** [[spoiler:Perhaps less so-- would you want to screw them over after what they just pulled off? Besides, Saito is the [[Film/TheLastSamurai Honorable Samurai.]] ]]
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* MercyKill: ** MercyKill: There's a non-fatal version in that killing someone can be used to snap them out of a dream if it's going badly. Cobb does it for Arthur in the introductory sequence. See ShootTheHostage. ** Also, sequence, and later it's being discussed as a solution to end Saito's suffering. * MetaTwist: [[spoiler:Given the circumstances or their arrangement, a GenreSavvy viewer might expect after Saito to try to screw Cobb over on their deal by gets seriously injured during the end. Theories on the ending aside, Saito appears to be on the level with Cobb and honors the deal.]] ** [[spoiler:Perhaps less so-- would you want to screw them over after what they just pulled off? Besides, Saito is the [[Film/TheLastSamurai Honorable Samurai.]] ]]caper.

* MindRape: FromACertainPointOfView. [[spoiler:Cobb did it with the best of intentions, and it [[GoneHorriblyRight went horribly right]].]] ** This is basically the entire point of inception itself -- to plant an idea in someone's head that will consume them.
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* MindRape: FromACertainPointOfView. This is basically the entire point of inception itself -- to plant an idea in someone's head that will consume them. [[spoiler:Cobb did it with the best of intentions, and it [[GoneHorriblyRight went horribly right]].]] ** This is basically the entire point of inception itself -- to plant an idea in someone's head that will consume them.]]

* MoreDakka: After Arthur's [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy firing proves ineffective]], Eames pulls out a grenade launcher to deal with the mooks.
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* MoreDakka: MoreDakka: ** After Arthur's [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy firing proves ineffective]], Eames pulls out a grenade launcher to deal with the mooks.

* NarniaTime: Five minutes of real time is an hour in a dream (possibly more depending on the specific sedative that you use). This is compounded with each level of dream you go down.

* [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary College Student]]: Ariadne, while a skilled architectural student, and as we soon discover, an excellent and precocious architect of the mind, acts as our AudienceSurrogate during the planning of the mind-heist, [[TheEveryman as she is the only character unschooled in the ways of mind crime]]. She gets to ask questions about the rules of the dream world.

* PlotArmor: The team (and Fischer, to some extent) seem to be wearing this during the shootout in the rainy city. Their cab is riddled with bullet holes, all of the windows have been shot out, and yet only [[spoiler:Saito]] is hit--once. The car chase in the van [[spoiler:with the sleeping heroes]] is even more {{egregious}}.
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* PlotArmor: The team (and Fischer, to some extent) seem to be wearing this during the shootout in the rainy city. Their cab is riddled with bullet holes, all of the windows have been shot out, and yet only [[spoiler:Saito]] is hit--once. The car chase in the van [[spoiler:with the sleeping heroes]] is even more {{egregious}}.egregious.

* PowerPerversionPotential: The projections are one's subconscious. This could get really creepy, really fast.
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* PowerPerversionPotential: PowerPerversionPotential: ** The projections are one's subconscious. This could get really creepy, really fast.

** During the early HostageSituation involving Arthur. * [[spoiler: [[PsychoExGirlfriend Psycho Dead Wife]]: Mal.]]

* RuleOfCool: A simple and safe solution for the kick in first level could have been for Jusuf to kick everybody off a chair, but instead of this boring variant they chose to drive a van off a bridge. This was unnecessary risky, since Cobb knew that drowning here would drop them down to limbo. ** Cool, but actually necessary also. It's pointed out that Cobb's team has to keep moving, as Fischer's projections will just find them wherever they're hiding (they're already closing in on them in the warehouse). They have to keep moving, which precludes simpler solutions.

* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Saito is rich/powerful enough to [[spoiler:clear Cobb of his murder charge with a single phone call. (Which isn't really that far-fetched; it probably wouldn't even take that much money to either buy off a crooked member of the investigation or to make key evidence disappear. Put it this way: what's the likelihood of Bill Gates or Warren Buffet doing time for murder?)]] Then there was this priceless moment when TheTeam is discussing how to be left alone with Fischer for ten hours during a flight...
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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: ** Saito is rich/powerful enough to [[spoiler:clear [[spoiler:have Cobb cleared of his murder charge with a single phone call. (Which isn't really charge, so effectively that far-fetched; it probably wouldn't even take that much money to either buy off a crooked member of Cobb is cleared through customs less than an hour after Saito gives the investigation or to make key evidence disappear. Put it this way: what's the likelihood of Bill Gates or Warren Buffet doing time for murder?)]] Then there was this priceless moment when final confirmation]]. ** When TheTeam is discussing how to be left alone with Fischer for ten hours during a flight...

'''Saito:''' ''[awkward]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It seemed neater]].
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'''Saito:''' ''[awkward]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It seemed neater]].neater.

* ShipTease: A small one between Ariadne and Arthur after the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny rather humorous]] FakeoutMakeout.
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* ShipTease: A small one between Ariadne and Arthur after the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny rather humorous]] FakeoutMakeout.

* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Yusuf, despite being a key player in the dreamscape, doesn't appear much in the promotional material, certainly not as much as the big stars. Mal isn't in much of the trailers either, though she does make it to the posters. In fact, on the main theatrical release poster that shows the entire team, Yusuf is pictured despite the fact his actor isn't among the [[AllStarCast sizeable billing list of actors]]; even Creator/PetePostlethwaite and Tom Berenger receive a mention in the billing despite appearing just a few minutes apiece in the film, but poor Dileep Rao is left out... ** On a positive note, his is one of only three actors names to appear on the Netflix envelope for the movie.
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* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Yusuf, despite being a key player in the dreamscape, doesn't appear much in the promotional material, certainly not as much as the big stars. Mal isn't in much of the trailers either, though she does make it to the posters. In fact, on the main theatrical release poster that shows the entire team, Yusuf is pictured despite the fact his actor isn't among the [[AllStarCast sizeable billing list of actors]]; even Creator/PetePostlethwaite and Tom Berenger receive a mention in the billing despite appearing just a few minutes apiece in the film, but poor Dileep Rao is left out... ** On a positive note, his is one of only three actors names to appear on the Netflix envelope for the movie.out.

* ToiletHumor: See PottyEmergency

* UndisclosedFunds: It isn't out right stated how rich Saito is, but he seems rich enough to buy an entire airline for the operation (in what appears to be seconds), plus have enough connections to [[spoiler:clear Cobb's murder charge.]] ** The speed of the airline purchase is actually the result of how quickly his line goes by. He ''already'' took the precaution of buying the airline, ''before'' telling the group that they would be using it.
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* UndisclosedFunds: It isn't out right stated how rich Saito is, but he seems rich enough to buy an entire airline for the operation (in what appears to be seconds), operation, plus have enough connections to [[spoiler:clear Cobb's murder charge.]] ** The speed of the airline purchase is actually the result of how quickly his line goes by. He ''already'' took the precaution of buying the airline, ''before'' telling the group that they would be using it.]]

* WeNeedADistraction: Eames' role in the snow level is to keep the defense forces away from the fortress. Eventually the mooks catch on and are about to return to the fortress, at which point Cobb asks Eames to buy them more time. Eames goes on to [[OneManArmy take the mooks out one by one]].
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* WeNeedADistraction: WeNeedADistraction: ** In Mombassa, after Eames points out that he's being followed, Cobb asks Eames to distract the tail to give him a chance to get away, and Eames obliges. ** Eames' role in the snow level is to keep the defense forces away from the fortress. Eventually the mooks catch on and are about to return to the fortress, at which point Cobb asks Eames to buy them more time. Eames goes on to [[OneManArmy take the mooks out one by one]].

* ZigZaggingTrope: As noted above, the film initially subverts the typical "[[YourMindMakesItReal if you die in a dream, you die in reality]]" idea, but then plays it straighter later on, as [[spoiler:if you are very deeply sedated, dying in the dream means you lose your mind in real life due to being [[AndIMustScream trapped]] in a LotusEaterMachine for what might seem like eternity, and then subverts it again as it is possible to escape from said LotusEaterMachine very easily if you know how, and if you're willing to, which is, of course, much harder when you don't know that you're in the dream world, or just plain refuse to leave.]]
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* ZigZaggingTrope: As noted above, the The film initially subverts the typical "[[YourMindMakesItReal if you die in a dream, you die in reality]]" idea, but then plays it straighter later on, as [[spoiler:if you are very deeply sedated, dying in the dream means you lose your mind in real life due to being [[AndIMustScream trapped]] in a LotusEaterMachine for what might seem like eternity, and then subverts it again as it is possible to escape from said LotusEaterMachine very easily if you know how, and if you're willing to, which is, of course, much harder when you don't know that you're in the dream world, or just plain refuse to leave.]]
28th Sep '15 3:14:58 AM PaulA
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* CastingGag: ** An inadvertent one. As mentioned above, Nolan cast Creator/MarionCotillard, who played famous French singer Music/EdithPiaf in the biopic ''Film/LaVieEnRose'', in a film that heavily features Piaf's song ''Je ne regrette rien''. Creator/ChristopherNolan considered taking the song out of the movie when he cast Cotillard, but ultimately decided against after HansZimmer insisted -- he had already built quite a bit of score around it. ** Some of the actors that previously appeared in ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' appear here with their situations changed. Creator/CillianMurphy is the one being [[MindRape mind raped]], starting with a dose of drugged water, KenWatanabe again "dies" in an exploding fortress atop a snowy mountain, and Michael Caine plays the mentor/father figure to the main character. Creator/TomHardy, Creator/JosephGordonLevitt and Creator/MarionCotillard are all playing roles in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Nolan has built himself quite a ProductionPosse. ** It has been acknowledged that Nolan does seem to enjoy putting a bag over Murphy's head in his films.
26th Sep '15 2:51:41 AM axle-k89
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** A few elements of the Mombasa chase set up the elements of the inception job, such as the maze-like layout of the streets and alleyways, and constant danger in every direction from Cobol men, like the projections he and the team will be up against later.
16th Sep '15 2:19:49 PM eroock
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* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: Cobb tells Ariadne that when awake, people use only "a fraction" of their brains, but when sleeping, their whole subconscious is unlocked. This makes sense, to a degree. When you are conscious, immense resources are used to process sensory data. When dreaming these resources are known to be co-opted for other purposes.

* FollowTheLeader: Not the movie itself, but the advertising: it's become increasingly common for movie trailers to use the same '''''[[MemeticMutation BWOOOONNNG]]''''' sound effect used in ''Inception'''s teaser.
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* * FollowTheLeader: Not the movie itself, but the advertising: it's become increasingly common for movie trailers to use the same '''''[[MemeticMutation BWOOOONNNG]]''''' sound effect used in ''Inception'''s teaser.

* FollowTheLeader: Not * GravityScrew: The entire hotel corridor fight sequence between Arthur and the movie itself, but projections. There's also Cobb and Ariadne walking straight up a wall in the advertising: it's become increasingly common for movie trailers to use the same '''''[[MemeticMutation BWOOOONNNG]]''''' sound effect used in ''Inception'''s teaser."Paris folding" sequence.

* GravityScrew: The entire hotel corridor fight sequence between Arthur and the projections. There's also Cobb and Ariadne walking straight up a wall in the "Paris folding" sequence.

* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: Cobb tells Ariadne that when awake, people use only "a fraction" of their brains, but when sleeping, their whole subconscious is unlocked. This makes sense, to a degree. When you are conscious, immense resources are used to process sensory data. When dreaming these resources are known to be co-opted for other purposes.

* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: Cobb tells Ariadne PreviewsPulse: The most famous! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hP9D6kZseM Its trailer featured a distinctive sound]] that when awake, people use only "a fraction" of their brains, but when sleeping, their whole subconscious is unlocked. This makes sense, to a degree. When you are conscious, immense resources are used to process sensory data. When dreaming these resources are known to be co-opted for other purposes.[[MemeticMutation quickly became memetic]].

* PreviewsPulse: The most famous! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hP9D6kZseM Its trailer featured a distinctive sound]] that [[MemeticMutation quickly became memetic]].
4th Sep '15 8:28:28 AM dmcreif
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** Though when Saito is explaining the job to Cobb in Mombasa, he mentions that if Fischer's company isn't broken up then it would become a global energy monopoly, so by forcing the company to dissolve it would be preventing a possible global energy crisis.
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** Though **Could be justifiable on Saito's behalf: when Saito is explaining explains the job to Cobb in Mombasa, he mentions that if Fischer's company isn't broken up then it would will become a global energy monopoly, so by forcing the company to dissolve it would be preventing a possible global energy crisis.
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