5 LEVELS OF INCEPTION DEATH INJURED
HE POINT MANT
Ariadne HE ARCHITECT
YUSUF U DREAM EA
ARTHURS RT D DREAM
MAL COBB’S PROJECTION
Fischer THE MARK
KICK CK 1
VAN FALLS A
KICK CK 2
ELEVATOR FALLS A
KICK CK 3
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COBBS DREAM EA
MAL COBB’S M PROJECTION
DOMINIC COBB Introduction Cobb is Extractor
He enters people’s dreams, steals their secrets, and sells them to their competitors. He used to have a legal job involving extraction and dream sharing, but is currently a wanted man and must resort to other means. Cobb is wanted by the government for killing his wife, Mal, on their anniversary. He’s innocent, but the government won’t believe him. He has two children, James and Phillipa, whom he was forced to leave behind when he went on the run. They now live with their grandmother in the states. Cobb visits their grandfather, who works in Paris, and gives his children gifts through him. Everything Cobb does he does to find a way home to his kids.
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Cobb has a work history with Arthur and Eames, but no details about their jobs together are given. He has a stable and trusted relationship with both, but Arthur is his right hand man and apparent best friend. Cobb believes in Arthur’s skills, but he has reservations about telling Arthur about his deteriorating mental state in the dreams. Cobb’s subconscious keeps bringing in Mal’s form, and she sabotages their missions, but Cobb refuses to admit he’s losing control of her. Cobb admits his condition to Ariadne after she catches him in his web of secrets and won’t let him go.
LIVING OUT 50 YEARS IN LIMBO
Cobb has been to limbo before, living out 50 years (but in real time, it was mere minutes) with his wife before her tragic death. He has already performed inception once before the start of the movie. His totem is a spinning top that belonged to his late wife. When in dreams, it spins forever, never toppling over.
Cobb’s right hand man
Student of Architecture in France
He appears to have an interest in Ariadne.
Ariadne discovers all the dark secrets that Cobb is trying to hide and becomes his confidant during the mission. She’s almost his shoulder angel, his conscience.
Arthur is Cobb’s right hand man, and apparently closest friend. They have known each other since before the tragic death of Cobb’s wife. He lives in America, but travels the world with Cobb. Arthur and Cobb used to work with Eames, but Arthur and Eames appear to dislike each other now. The three never divulge any information about their past experiences together so no further facts can be drawn.
He’s the point man, the one in charge of finding all the facts, all the details, about the mark: their relationships, their schooling, their life in general, and if they have any experience with dream infiltration. Arthur’s specialty in dreams is paradoxes, like the endless staircase. Arthur is “awake” and is responsible for the second level kick. Arthur’s totem is a loaded die.
the relationship between Arthur and Eames is the metaphor of left brain/right brain interaction. Arthur is the left, dictating logical, sequential, rational, analytical, objective, looks at parts, whereas Eames is the right, responsible for random, intuitive, holistic, synthesizing, subjective, looks at whole. Arthur challenged Eames with “specificity” and Eames put down Arthur as “unimaginative.”
Ariadne is a student of architecture in France. She meets Cobb through one of her teachers, who is Cobb’s father-in-law. After a few tests, she is brought into the team as their official Architect. At first she is adverse to dream sharing but can’t stay away from the freedom that comes from it.
Ariadne kisses Arthur during the second stage of the mission, but it was an attempt to throw off the projections, and while it’s apparent that Arthur did it on purpose, whether Ariadne has an interest in him is speculative. The way Ariadne understands and talks to Cobb about his issues (in a therapist/client relationship) suggests she may have academic background in psychology. Her totem is a specially modified chess piece.
Ariadne is the other side of the coin of Saito in their makeup. Ariadne represents inquisitive youth, often naïve, imaginative, and hopeful. Saito on the other hand represents aging, often exploitative, experienced and submitting to fate. Ariadne participates, literally creates her own world, and actively seeking a way out when trapped, whereas Saito wants to go along for the ride to “protects his assets,” submitting to fate, and ends up trapped inside his own desires. The cultural contrast in this dichotomy -- East vs. West -- is also of interest, one that represents the fundamental differences of stability vs. change.
The owner of a powerful corporation
Eames is a British conman. He likes to gamble but doesn’t appear to be very good at it. He is the team’s Forger, specializing in forging documentation, credentials, and poker chips. Within dreams, he can forge himself: changing his appearance into that of anyone he’s had time to observe the personality and appearance of. Eames isn’t given much back story, but it is evident that he used to work with Cobb and Arthur in the past. While he seems to have no problem with Cobb, he harbors a slightly schoolboy distaste for Arthur and picks on him at every given opportunity, even when the other is not around to know it. What caused Arthur and Eames to dislike each other isn’t defined - whether it be an event or just their personalities clashing. He is “awake” and is responsible for the third level kick -- one that was to bring Cobb and Ariadne out from the unplanned fourth level dream. The team originally only planned 3 levels of dream-within-a-dream. Eames is apparently not only horrible at gambling, but also spelling and writing. His totem is never shown.
Saito is the owner of a powerful corporation whose wealth seems immeasurable. His wants to be at the top, and the only way he believes possible is to exploit the father/son relationship of his rival, Maurice Fischer and his son, Robert Fischer. If Inception succeeds, Robert Fischer would dissolve his father’s company.
Saito is the other side of the coin of Ariadne in their makeup. Saito represents aging, often exploitative, experienced and submitting to fate. Saito wants to go along for the ride to “protects his assets,” submitting to fate, and ends up trapped inside his own desires, whereas Ariadne on the other hand literally creates her own world, and actively seeking a way out when trapped. The cultural contrast in this dichotomy -- East vs. West -- is also of interest, one that represents the fundamental differences of stability vs. change.
The relationship between Eames and Arthur is the metaphor of right brain/left brain interaction. Eames is the right, responsible for random, intuitive, holistic, synthesizing, subjective, looks at whole, whereas Arthur is the left, dictating logical, sequential, rational, analytical, objective, looks at parts. Eames put down Arthur as “unimaginative” and Arthur challenged Eames with “specificity.”
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eonardo DiCaprio is an American-born actor whose portrayal of doomed suitor Jack Dawson in Tie da nhi hau (1997) made him a generation’s definition of a heartthrob. Throughout his career, DiCaprio has demonstrated a high level of dramatic versatility, from his breakout film role as a mentally-challenged teenager in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), through his work with Martin Scorsese in Gangs of New York (2002) and The Departed (2006). More recently, DiCaprio earned critical notice for his starring roles in Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010) and J. Edgar (2011), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. orn in 11 November, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, DiCaprio is the only child of former comic book artist George DiCaprio and Irmelin DiCaprio. His parents signed him with a talent agent when he was a child, and DiCaprio began appearing on a number of television commercials and educational shows. Although the budding actor had small roles in such TV series as “Roseanne” (1988) and “The New Lassie” (1989), DiCaprio’s made his film debut in Critters 3 (1991), a lowbudget horror movie.
n 1992, DiCaprio joined what became the final season of “Growing Pains” (1985), playing a homeless boy who was invited to move in with the Seavers. The sitcom’s cancelation coincided with an upswing in his career, including the starring role in the film adaptation of Jim Carroll’s The Basketball Diaries (1995) and his heightened portrayal of Romeo in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (1996). Although DiCaprio’s Romeo raised his profile with audiences, his turn in the box office record-breaking Tie da nhi hau (1997) graduated the actor to A-list status. he majority of DiCaprio’s post-Titanic career demonstrates a high level of selectivity in his choices. In addition to numerous collaborations with Scorsese, DiCaprio has also starred in films directed by Steven Spielberg (Catch Me If You Can (2002)), Ridley Scott (Body of Lies (2008)), and Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road (2008)), in roles that encompass a wide emotional and dramatic range. This continues to be the case, evident in his upcoming film appearances as a mustache-twirling villain in Django Unchained (2012), soon to be followed by his performance as tragic literary character Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (2013).
oseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born on February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California to parents Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan GordonLevitt, who passed away in October 2010. His maternal grandfather, Michael Gordon, had been a well-known movie director. After working for several years as a child actor, Joseph became better known for starring on the hit television series “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996), for which he earned two Hollywood Reporter Young Star Awards. In addition, the show earned three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Peformance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Prior to his success on television, Joseph had already worked steadily in feature films, debuting in the Robert Redford film A River Runs Through It (1992).
ollowing his work on “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996), Joseph took time off from acting to attend Columbia University. In the early 2000s, he broke from the mold of his television and film comedy supporting roles by appearing in a string of intense dramatic roles, mostly in smaller, independent films such as Mysterious Skin (2004), Brick (2005), The Lookout (2007), and Stop-Loss (2008). By 2009, Joseph was officially established as one of the leading men of indie cinema with his Golden Globe-nominated role in the comedy-drama (500) Days of Summer (2009), for which he also received an Independent Spirit Award nod. In 2010 he headlined the indie drama Hesher (2010) and also established himself as a mainstream star in Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010). Balancing both independent and Hollywood film, Joseph scored another Golden Globe nod for the cancer drama 50/50 (2011), worked again with director Nolan on The Dark Knight Rises (2012), snagged leading roles in both Premium Rush (2012) and Looper (2012), and played Abraham Lincoln’s son Robert in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012).
llen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series “Pit Pony” (1999), for which she received a Gemini nomination and a Young Artist Awards nomination. Later, Page appeared in Marion Bridge (2002), which won the award for Best Canadian First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. She won a Gemini Award for her role of Lilith in the first season of “ReGenesis” (2004), a one-hour drama for TMN/Movie Central, and for the cable feature, Mrs. Ashboro’s Cat (2004) (TV), for Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series. In addition, Page appeared in the cult hit TV series “Trailer Park Boys” (2001).
s the lead in David Slade’s Hard Candy (2005), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Page garnered much praise for her tour de force performance as a 14-year-old girl who meets a 30-yearold photographer on the Internet and then looks to expose him as pedophile. Films that followed included the title role of Bruce McDonald’s The Tracey Fragments
(2007); An American Crime (2007), also starring Catherine Keener; and the third installation of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), where she played Kitty Pryde.
ith her breakout role in Jason Reitman’s hit comedy Juno (2007), about an offbeat teenager who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, Page received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Best Actress nominations, and won the Independent Spirit Award for her performance. She followed up that turn with the lead in Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, the roller-derby comedy-drama Whip It (2009), Christopher Nolan’s psychological thriller Inception (2010), the independent film Peacock (2010), and the dark comedy Super (2010), opposite Rainn Wilson and Liv Tyler.
age co-starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, and Greta Gerwig in the Woody Allen ensemble comedy To Rome with Love (2012), and is set for the thriller The East (2013), a story centered on a contract worker tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group, only to find herself falling for its leader.
Tom Hardy W
ith his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan’s science fiction thriller Inception (2010), English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. But the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut in the mini-series “Band of Brothers” (2001). After being cast in the World War II drama, Hardy left his studies at the prestigious Drama Centre in London and was subsequently cast in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (2001) and as the villain Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
om was born on September 15, 1977 in Hammersmith, London; his father, Edward, is a writer and Anne, his mother, is an artist. He was brought up in East Sheen, London, and first studied at Reed’s School. His education continued at Tower House School, then at Richmond Drama School, and subsequently at the Drama Centre London. After winning a modeling competition at age 21, he had a brief contract with the agency Models One.
om spent his teens and early twenties battling delinquency, alcoholism and drug addiction; after completing his work on Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), he sought treatment and has also admitted that his battles with addiction ended his 5-year marriage.
eturning to work in 2003, Hardy was awarded the Evening Standard Most Promising Newcomer Award for his theatre performances in the productions of “In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings” and “Blood”. In 2003 Tom also co-starred in the play “The Modernists” with Paul Popplewell, Jesse Spencer and Orlando Wells.
uring the next five years, Hardy worked consistently in film, television and theatre, playing parts as varied as Robert Dudley in the BBC’s “The Virgin Queen” (2005), Bill Sikes in “Oliver Twist” (2007) and starring in “The Man of Mode” at the National Theatre. On the silver screen, he appeared in the crime thriller Layer Cake (2004) with Daniel Craig, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006), and the romp Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006).
oth of Ken Watanabe’s parents were teachers: his mother taught general education and his dad taught calligraphy. He became interested in acting at the age of 24 when a director of England’s National Theatre Company, where he was studying, told him that acting was his special gift. Ken is mostly known in Japan for playing samurais. He incorporates the samurai’s values in his daily life by not amassing too many material possessions and by living his life with honor, pride and discipline. The Last Samurai (2003), the film that introduced him to Western audiences, was his fourth film released in 2003, and he has also starred in roles as a gangster, a businessmen and a general. Ken is currently separated from his wife and has two children, a daughter who is working as a model and one son.
en Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. In 1978, he moved to Tokyo to pursue his career as an actor. He drew the attention of the critics when Yukio Ninagawa, a famous Japanese director, chose him for the lead role in one of his plays even though Ken was still an acting student. He made his first TV appearance in 1982 but his real career breakthrough came when he was chosen to play the lead in the Japanese national TV drama series called “Dokugan ryu Masamune”; he played a samurai leader hero, that made him a household name in Japan. In 1989, when he was shooting a movie in Canada, he collapsed because of Leukemia. He made a miraculous comeback and, in 2003, The Last Samurai (2003), where he co-starred with Tom Cruise, pushed him to a center stage of Hollywood. “The Last Samurai” is his 15th movie. He is a fanatic fan of Hanshin Tigers (Japanese professional baseball team) and Kobe Steel rugby team. He loves noodles.
04 Director Biography
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est known for his cerebral, often non-linear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of a decade plus of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever.
t an early age, Nolan began making short movies with his father’s Super-8mm camera. While studying English Literature at University College London, he shot 16mm films at UCL’s film society, where he learned the guerrilla techniques he would later use to make his first feature, Following (1998), on a budget of around $6,000. The noir thriller was recognized at a number of international film festivals prior to its theatrical release, and gained Nolan enough credibility that he was able to gather substantial financing for his next film.
olan’s second film was Memento (2000), which he directed from his own screenplay based on a short story by his brother Jonathan. Starring Guy Pearce, the film brought Nolan numerous honors, including Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay. Nolan went on to direct the criticallyacclaimed psychological thriller, Insomnia (2002), starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank.
he turning point in Nolan’s career occurred when he was awarded the chance to revive the Batman franchise in 2005. In Batman Begins (2005), Nolan brought a level of gravitas back to the iconic hero, and his gritty, modern interpretation was greeted with praise from fans and critics alike. Before moving on to a Batman sequel, Nolan directed, co-wrote and produced the mystery thriller The Prestige (2006), starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as magicians whose obsessive rivalry leads to tragedy and murder.
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n 2008, Nolan directed, co-wrote, and produced The Dark Knight (2008) which went on to gross more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Nolan was nominated for a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award, Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award and Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award, and the film also received eight Academy Award nominations.
n 2010, Nolan captivated audiences with sci-fi thriller Inception (2010), which he directed and produced from his own original screenplay. The thought-provoking drama was a worldwide blockbuster, earning more than $800 million dollars and becoming one of the most discussed and debated films of the year. Among its many honors, Inception received four Academy Awards and eight nominations, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Nolan was recognized by his peers with DGA and PGA Award nominations, as well as a WGA Award win for his work on the film.
ne of the best-reviewed and highest-grossing movies of 2012, The Dark Knight Rises (2012) concluded Nolanâ€™s Batman trilogy. Due to his success rebooting the Batman character, Warner Bros. enlisted Nolan to produce their revamped Superman movie Man of Steel (2013), which is set to open in Summer 2013.
olan currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, producer Emma Thomas, and their children. Nolan and Thomas also have their own production company, Syncopy.