History YMMV / Inception

6th Feb '18 7:05:40 PM Boggs
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* ActorAllusion: In an early scene, Cobb mentions to his father-in-law that [[Film/CatchMeIfYouCan 'extradition from France to The United States is a bureaucratic nightmare.']]
4th Dec '17 11:50:56 AM fgenzo159
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** "We have to go deeper." Alternately: "We have to go deeper." "[[AccidentalInnuendo That's what]] ''[[DoubleEntendre she]]'' [[DoubleEntendre said.]]"

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** "We have to go deeper." Alternately: "We have to go deeper." "[[AccidentalInnuendo That's what]] ''[[DoubleEntendre ''[[YourMom she]]'' [[DoubleEntendre said.]]"
8th Nov '17 12:01:33 PM MinisterOfSinister
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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Mal, or at least Cobb's projection of her, can wind up being this to anyone who becomes frustrated with her tendency to cause him to make WhatAnIdiot-level decisions. [[spoiler:There ''is'' the angle that she lost the ability to distinguish between dreams and reality, but she ''chose'' to forget it in the first place, and ends up killing Fischer to force Cobb to stay with her in Limbo, which are the real deal breakers.]]
4th Nov '17 8:42:13 PM Angeldeb82
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** At least one fanfic details the aftereffects of the heist on Robert Fischer's psyche, in which he has a mental breakdown [[spoiler:while trying to reconcile the planted message that he was [[SoProudOfYou truly the most important thing in his father's life]] with his real memories of [[WellDoneSonGuy Maurice Fischer's general neglect]].]]

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** At least one fanfic details the aftereffects of the heist on Robert Fischer's psyche, in which he has a mental breakdown [[spoiler:while trying to reconcile the planted message that he was [[SoProudOfYou truly the most important thing in his father's life]] with his real memories of [[WellDoneSonGuy Maurice Fischer's general neglect]].]]neglect]]]].



** Are the main characters themselves [[VillainProtagonist Villain Protagonists]] simply out for a payday, [[spoiler:or in Dom's case, a chance to reclaim a normal life.]]

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** Are the main characters themselves [[VillainProtagonist Villain Protagonists]] {{Villain Protagonist}}s simply out for a payday, [[spoiler:or [[spoiler:or, in Dom's case, a chance to reclaim a normal life.]]life]]?



* AwardSnub: Was nominated for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay at the Golden Globes, but no nominations for acting (leading or supporting). It lost each of those to ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' ([[AndZoidberg even Best Original Score.]]). At the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]], Nolan wasn't nominated for Best Director (yet still managed to nab Best Picture and Best Screenplay nods) while Lee Smith wasn't nominated for Best Editing. It did, however, win best sound editing, best sound mixing, best cinematography and best visual effects. The only other film to win as much was ''Film/TheKingsSpeech''.

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* AwardSnub: Was nominated for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay at the Golden Globes, but no nominations for acting (leading or supporting). It lost each of those to ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' ([[AndZoidberg ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg even Best Original Score.]]).Score]]). At the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]], Nolan wasn't nominated for Best Director (yet still managed to nab Best Picture and Best Screenplay nods) while Lee Smith wasn't nominated for Best Editing. It did, however, win best sound editing, best sound mixing, best cinematography and best visual effects. The only other film to win as much was ''Film/TheKingsSpeech''.''Film/TheKingsSpeech''.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Hans Zimmer's entire score is magnificent. Highlights include "Dream Is Collapsing," "Dream Within A Dream" and "Time."
** Zack Hemsey's "Mind Heist", the trailer music is epically awesome.



* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Hans Zimmer's entire score is magnificent. Highlights include "Dream Is Collapsing," "Dream Within A Dream" and "Time."
** Zack Hemsey's "Mind Heist", the trailer music is epically awesome.



** In the movie itself: The scene with the shared dreamers in Mombasa [[SchrodingersButterfly who have come to see their dream as the reality which they "wake up to."]] Most stinging when the man watching over them asks Cobb what right he would have to tell them they are wrong. Ouch.

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** In the movie itself: The scene with the shared dreamers in Mombasa [[SchrodingersButterfly who have come to see their dream as the reality which they "wake up to."]] to"]]. Most stinging when the man watching over them asks Cobb what right he would have to tell them they are wrong. Ouch.



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** The scene where Ariadne is in Cobb's dream, right after she [[spoiler: presses the button leading to the proverbial Basement of Cobb's memories]]. The scene is presented in such a ''terrifying'' fashion; [[spoiler: the elevator door opens and Ariadne steps into a fancy hotel room...that's been trashed. The background music is gone, and there's absolute silence. Then Ariadne steps on a glass. Then we see Mal. And she's ''looking at you'']]. The net result of the entire scene can be summed up as [[spoiler: Cobb has a grade-S {{Yandere}} in his subconscious ''and she wants out''.]]

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** The scene where Ariadne is in Cobb's dream, right after she [[spoiler: presses the button leading to the proverbial Basement of Cobb's memories]]. The scene is presented in such a ''terrifying'' fashion; [[spoiler: the elevator door opens and Ariadne steps into a fancy hotel room...that's been trashed. The background music is gone, and there's absolute silence. Then Ariadne steps on a glass. Then we see Mal. And she's ''looking at you'']]. The net result of the entire scene can be summed up as [[spoiler: Cobb has a grade-S {{Yandere}} in his subconscious ''and she wants out''.]]out'']].



** Solid example: while Eames is making his way through the [[spoiler:hotel in the second dream, disguised as a gorgeous blonde woman, he stops Saito in the elevator and starts stroking his face. Saito looks pleasantly surprised at first, then catches their reflection in the mirrors, sees through the disguise, and realizes it's not a woman at all. Yeah... he wasn't so pleased then.]]

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** Solid example: while Eames is making his way through the [[spoiler:hotel in the second dream, disguised as a gorgeous blonde woman, he stops Saito in the elevator and starts stroking his face. Saito looks pleasantly surprised at first, then catches their reflection in the mirrors, sees through the disguise, and realizes it's not a woman at all. Yeah... he wasn't so pleased then.]]then]].



** Cobb and Saito. Cobb stays in a rapidly crumbling limbo to find Saito and rescue him from thinking limbo is reality in a direct parallel to what happened between Cobb and Mal. Complete with the similar repeated phrases "grow old together"(Cobb and Mal) and "be young men together" (Cobb and Saito).

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** Cobb and Saito. Cobb stays in a rapidly crumbling limbo to find Saito and rescue him from thinking limbo is reality in a direct parallel to what happened between Cobb and Mal. Complete with the similar repeated phrases "grow old together"(Cobb together" (Cobb and Mal) and "be young men together" (Cobb and Saito).



** ''{{Film/Titanic 1997}}'' ends where ''Inception'' [[http://media-cache-cd0.pinimg.com/736x/b2/76/9e/b2769e9b780e7519129838aaf833ca06.jpg begins.]]

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** ''{{Film/Titanic 1997}}'' ends where ''Inception'' [[http://media-cache-cd0.pinimg.com/736x/b2/76/9e/b2769e9b780e7519129838aaf833ca06.jpg begins.]]begins]].



* SpiritualLicensee: If not for the present-day setting and distinct lack of {{AI}}s, this movie could easily be a film adaptation of Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' (and maybe [[DevelopmentHell the only one that we ever get to see]]). A thief who specializes in stealing data with a machine that puts him in lifelike VR simulations? Check. A mysterious businessman who gives said thief {{one last job}} in exchange for erasing the effects of a major screw-up from his past? Check. [[TheCaper An elaborate heist]] in an ornately designed building with [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} weird architecture]] and [[GravityScrew gravity]]? Check. Scenes where the protagonist is repeatedly visited by the hallucinatory ghost of [[TheLostLenore his dead lover]]? Check. A scene where the protagonist gets trapped in a virtual construct of a surreal seaside locale where [[YearInsideHourOutside time moves at a crawl]]? Check.
** Some people have also considered this a SpiritualLicensee to Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Literature/{{Ubik}}'', as they share similar themes about the nature of reality (as well as recursive levels of [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]]) and almost identical OrWasItADream {{Gainax Ending}}s. If not for the fact that Creator/MichelGondry (of ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' fame) has been attached to a film adaptation of ''Ubik'', it would be easy to snark that ''Inception'' is likely the closest we'll ever get to a film of the novel.

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* SpiritualLicensee: SpiritualAdaptation: If not for the present-day setting and distinct lack of {{AI}}s, this movie could easily be a film adaptation of Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' (and maybe [[DevelopmentHell the only one that we ever get to see]]). A thief who specializes in stealing data with a machine that puts him in lifelike VR simulations? Check. A mysterious businessman who gives said thief {{one last job}} in exchange for erasing the effects of a major screw-up from his past? Check. [[TheCaper An elaborate heist]] in an ornately designed building with [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} weird architecture]] and [[GravityScrew gravity]]? {{gravity|Screw}}? Check. Scenes where the protagonist is repeatedly visited by the hallucinatory ghost of [[TheLostLenore his dead lover]]? Check. A scene where the protagonist gets trapped in a virtual construct of a surreal seaside locale where [[YearInsideHourOutside time moves at a crawl]]? Check.
** Some people have also considered this a SpiritualLicensee to Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Literature/{{Ubik}}'', as they share similar themes about the nature of reality (as well as recursive levels of [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]]) {{Reality Warp|er}}ing) and almost identical OrWasItADream {{Gainax Ending}}s. If not for the fact that Creator/MichelGondry (of ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' fame) has been attached to a film adaptation of ''Ubik'', it would be easy to snark that ''Inception'' is likely the closest we'll ever get to a film of the novel.



* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Just look at {{HSQ}}. The film even won an Academy Award for its effects as well.

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* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Just look at {{HSQ}}.HolyShitQuotient. The film even won an Academy Award for its effects as well.



** Saito. Amoral or underhanded as he might be, he is [[spoiler:sent to the Limbo and passes there what from his perspective could be easily thirty or forty ''years''. Now imagine that much time in a place you can't leave and you know it is not the true reality, away from your life, your friends and loved ones, waiting for a rescue that may never come, and not knowing if your plan to save the world from an energy monopoly had ever success. When Cobb finds him, he has been reduced to a hopeless, decaying old man who barely remembers his own life.]]

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** Saito. Amoral or underhanded as he might be, he is [[spoiler:sent to the Limbo and passes there what from his perspective could be easily thirty or forty ''years''. Now imagine that much time in a place you can't leave and you know it is not the true reality, away from your life, your friends and loved ones, waiting for a rescue that may never come, and not knowing if your plan to save the world from an energy monopoly had ever success. When Cobb finds him, he has been reduced to a hopeless, decaying old man who barely remembers his own life.]]life]].
19th Oct '17 8:53:59 AM ClintEastwood
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** The two female leads were up against each other for the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture" in the same year: Creator/EllenPage for ''Film/{{Juno}}'' and Creator/MarionCotillard for ''Film/LaVieEnRose''. Cotillard won, [[spoiler: but Page got her revenge. In ''Inception'', her character shoots Marion's.]]
** Arthur is played by Creator/JosephGordonLevitt, who played Tommy on ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''. The most memorable episodes of that show are the 3D episodes, which center on dreams. Tommy's own dream included him chasing a book down a hallway, that was not following the laws of physics. Also, he was a young man again, as he was actually the ''oldest'' of the aliens on his home planet.
5th Oct '17 8:26:28 AM BeastC
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* DeathOfTheAuthor: Nolan is fully aware of this. His own answer to the ending's question is that Cobb was [[spoiler:awake]], but even ''then'' he admits he was biased due to being a father as well.
2nd Aug '17 12:02:30 AM DennisRodquin
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** Intricate, original, and well-written story. Fascinating characters with interesting questions about ethics and morality. Stunning visuals and amazing special effects. Loses to yet another drama film which few people saw and nobody remembers.
11th Jun '17 12:42:38 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AwardSnub: Was nominated for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay at the Golden Globes, but no nominations for acting (leading or supporting). It lost each of those to ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' ([[AndZoidberg even Best Original Score.]]). At the Oscars, Nolan wasn't nominated for Best Director (yet still managed to nab Best Picture and Best Screenplay nods) while Lee Smith wasn't nominated for Best Editing. It did, however, win best sound editing, best sound mixing, best cinematography and best visual effects. The only other film to win as much was ''Film/TheKingsSpeech''.

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* AwardSnub: Was nominated for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay at the Golden Globes, but no nominations for acting (leading or supporting). It lost each of those to ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' ([[AndZoidberg even Best Original Score.]]). At the Oscars, [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]], Nolan wasn't nominated for Best Director (yet still managed to nab Best Picture and Best Screenplay nods) while Lee Smith wasn't nominated for Best Editing. It did, however, win best sound editing, best sound mixing, best cinematography and best visual effects. The only other film to win as much was ''Film/TheKingsSpeech''.
30th May '17 1:12:32 PM Rebu
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* WhatAnIdiot:

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* WhatAnIdiot: In general, anything to do with Mal hands Cobb the IdiotBall.



** Mal (the living one) as well. She [[spoiler: killed herself]] fully convinced that this would cause her to wake up in the real world, so she could be with her real children again, unaware that this ''was'' the real world [[spoiler: maybe]], and those ''were'' her children. And it all happened because her husband underestimated the power of [[spoiler: the suggestion he implanted in her mind. Her dream-self, however, is a...]]

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** Mal (the living one) as well. She [[spoiler: killed herself]] herself fully convinced that this would cause her to wake up in the real world, so she could be with her real children again, unaware that this ''was'' the real world [[spoiler: maybe]], world. Maybe, and those ''were'' her children. And it all happened because her husband underestimated the power of [[spoiler: the suggestion he implanted in her mind. Her dream-self, however, is a...]]



** Saito. Amoral or underhanded as he might be, he is [[spoiler:sent to the Limbo and passes there what from his perspective could be easily thirty or fourty ''years''. Now imagine that much time in a place you can't leave and you know it is not the true reality, away from your life, your friends and loved ones, waiting for a rescue that may never come, and not knowing if your plan to save the world from an energy monopoly had ever success. When Cobb finds him, he has been reduced to a hopeless, decaying old man who barely remembers his own life.]]

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** Saito. Amoral or underhanded as he might be, he is [[spoiler:sent to the Limbo and passes there what from his perspective could be easily thirty or fourty forty ''years''. Now imagine that much time in a place you can't leave and you know it is not the true reality, away from your life, your friends and loved ones, waiting for a rescue that may never come, and not knowing if your plan to save the world from an energy monopoly had ever success. When Cobb finds him, he has been reduced to a hopeless, decaying old man who barely remembers his own life.]]
21st May '17 11:11:12 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* LawfulEvil: Saito, though he sides with the protagonist. He uses his inception team to plant a false idea into the mind of his rival businessman to crush the energy monopoly, primarily to clear the obstacle to his own power expansion.
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