If given only two words to describe Christopher Nolan's transcendent 2010 film Inception, many would say "mind-bending." It tells the story of Dom Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) as he and his group enter and manipulate the dreams of many people, particularly those in a position of power. Acting as infamous saboteurs, Dom and his group are tasked with a seemingly impossible task: to implant an idea into a businessman's head. The film deals with his attempt to do this and the emotional and physical trials and tribulations he and his group experiences along the way.
Written by Nolan over the span of approximately 10 years, Inception was originally envisioned as a horror film. As he developed the script, Nolan realized that the film would be better suited as a heist film, which is reflected in the final product. Speaking to the complexity of completing the script, Nolan remarked: "Once you remove the privacy, you've created an infinite number of alternative universes in which people can meaningfully interact, with validity, with weight, with dramatic consequences." After many rewrites to make the story more investing, Warner Brother’s in the end purchased Nolan’s script on spec, meaning that he was not commissioned to write in February of 2009.
Upon release in July of 2010, Inception was met with profound critical acclaim. Says Roger Ebert, who awarded the film 4 out of 4 stars, '"Inception' does a difficult thing. It is wholly original, cut from new cloth, and yet structured with action movie basics so it feels like it makes more sense than (quite possibly) it does." It was also nominated for Seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography (winner), Best Sound Editing (winner), Best Sound Mixing (winner), and Best Visual Effects (winner).