Director Christopher Nolan Leading Actors/Actresses Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page Supporting Actors/Actresses Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy Genre Action/Science Fiction Language English Awards 4 Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects Date of Release July 2010 Producer Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas Setting and Context Kyoto, Mombasa, Paris, in the future Narrator and Point of View Dom Cobb Tone and Mood Action-packed, suspenseful, mind-bending, surreal Protagonist and Antagonist Protagonist: Dom Cobb; Antagonist: Mal Cobb Major Conflict The film's major conflict is between Saito and Fischer's rival empires. Climax The climax occurs when Cobb successfully performs inception and resolves his feelings of guilt over his wife's death. Foreshadowing Cobb's final confrontation with Saito in limbo is foreshadowed in the opening sequence. Understatement Eames casually tells Arthur to "dream a little bigger," before pulling out a grenade launcher. Innovations in Filming or Lighting or Camera Techniques The practical effect of the zero-gravity "revolving hallway." Allusions The Greek myth of Ariadne, Theseus, and the Minotaur. Paradox The Penrose staircase is an architectural paradox. Parallelism The film begins and ends with a confrontation in Saito's estate.