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Inception: The Shooting Script

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Inception, writer-director Christopher Nolan’s seventh feature film, joins the epic scope of The Dark Knight with the narrative sophistication of Memento. The story of a group of thieves who specialize in invading the mind through one’s dreams, Inception explores the Nolan’s signature psychological themes of memory, paranoia, and self-doubt as the protagonist, Dom Cobb, is

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Paperback, 239 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Insight Editions (first published 2010)
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∞Nature Wolf∞ a movie called Inception that came out on 2010. it's like dreams within dreams. favorite movie!!! ; )

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Inception, Christopher J. Nolan
Inception is a 2010 science fiction action film, written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan, and co-produced by Emma Thomas. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people's dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible
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Jason Lalljee
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The movie INCEPTION was in my opinion a masterpiece in its own right and the best movie of 2010. Reading a lot of movie screenplays lately I bought this one, and although found how a shooting script translated to screen fascinating, found the careful fabrications Christopher Nolan set up for his world admirable, especially taking the world of the mind and demonstrating brilliant science-fiction world-building. I'm pretty sure that not all the information given about the human mind is accurate, ...more
Hannah
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
what can i say?, great movie,great script
and people said they dont understand it....
pshhhh... im 10 and i think its a piece of cake.
Look, its a man (based on the movie, leonardo dicaprio) who is a thief and he goes into peoples dreams with this amazing invention, now, theres side events such as his wife and her becoming a maniac thinking she was always inside a dream, which made the spinning thingy invention, if it keeps on spinning a dream, if it stops after a while, your not in a dream, so he
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Mackenzie
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I was very excited when I found out this book existed. I desperately needed something to confirm the questions I had about the movie, because - let's face it - that movie was very, very confusing. I understand that the whole movie itself is an 'inception', Chris Nolan's 'inception' for us the audience. I don't question this and I don't certainly need some book to confirm this fact to me. However, it would definitely be nice to look for clues to fill the gap on those little 'plot holes', for lack ...more
Melanie Kirdasi
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I watched it twice.I read the reviews of many attempting to deconstruct the plot,a Rorschach test if I ever saw one. Dicaprio made a comment on record that indicates Nolan's script is autobiographical in nature.Nolan respond to critiques of the plot by remarking on the breakaway at the end.The spinning top,the totem, which each individual has,though Cobb and Mal(look up the French prefix for this name)share this one,saying that Cobb is not looking at the top at the end because it does not matter ...more
Gwen
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As an actress, I used to read plays all the time and sometimes preferred them to novels.
It's been quite some time since I've read a
Shooting Script, and the first time reading one for a movie I've seen.
I've seen "Inception" so many times can listen to it and see it very clearly.
The fun thing about reading the script is seeing, in the completed film, the small changes in dialogue that might have been made on the day.
This movie never fails to amaze/amuse/intrigue and completely pull me in.
To be
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Nau
tbh I already know about what will happen in this book. but since it's the script one, it's more different with what we already seen on the screen. there's some characters that more explored in this, like Eames and Arthur's relation (which is my favourite thing) or Cobb's struggles to control his mind from her wife's shadow, Mal. also there's some extra scene that you might be like to read about it. at last, I could say that Christopher Nolan is one of the talented screenwriter and director in ...more
Laxman Selvam
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Behind him, on the table, the spinning top is still spinning. And we-
CUT.
CREDITS.
END.

Can't come to terms with how the cast agreed upon working on this mind numbing and incredibly confusing script by one of the audacious minds of this generation.
Pure brilliance lies in the fact that Nolan transformed his script into jaw-dropping visuals.

The script offers more treasures to be discovered in an already over flowing treasure chest.
The movie's screenplay and the book's flow are not at sync at times
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Amitra Jyoti
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I saw Inception for the first time what I felt was an intense feeling of bewilderment mixed with awe, bewilderment because I never thought that action could be this brainy and awe because the movie was such an artistic marvel. Nolan shows us things that I never thought that could be shown .According to himself ‘he makes noirs’ and I bless the lord that he do. The shooting script was the icing on the cake.

I re watched it recently and wanted moreand purchased the book. The book has storyboard
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Alexander Curran
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
''Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.''

In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one's mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset.

(A review of film and story... 7 years ago on 17 July 2010 13:35 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/580108)

Inception is a 2010 science fiction action film written, produced and directed by Christopher Nolan. The
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Brandon
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge Chris Nolan fan-boy. I love all of his work, each for different reasons. This one stands above them as an original genre-redefining, piece of sci-fi. It treats the audience as if it has intelligence. I love how it is an extremely complicated story that remains coherent and well oiled throughout. It has action, wonder and a strong emotional core. Nolan wrote this over 10 years and it's absolutely shows. No other way to say it, I love this screenplay.
Caitlin
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found it really interesting to note the differences between the script and what was said in the movie. The scene drawings were cool too, and I liked the inclusion of the PASIV case!
Mayoya afifi
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
actually I saw the movie first but I didn't understand it completely ... and from 3 days I found this book on kindle I download the sample first and then I found myself search for the book to read it ..

first of all , I wanna to thank mr.Nolan for this incredible book ...

2nd, the book and movie very close but the book is much prettier cuz I can imagine every single word in it ...

3rd issue , I noticed alot of clever touches especially in that book like in the "hotel" dream level, Eames is
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Claire
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
There isn't really much to say about a script for a movie that I love as much as I love Inception. All in all I think the script works a lot better in execution than it does when you read it; the flow works much better in the movie and Christopher Nolan obviously reworked a few things when it came to the filming process, which worked well. Some of the dialogue and action was switched around and ultimately the end product is a lot better than what was shown in this script. I did love the script, ...more
owleeya
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, I've been reading lots of script of my favorite movies. I love Nolan's works; The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, and lately I've watched Memento. But I always love Inception; it's my first Nolan's movie. He tried to impress the fourteen years old version of me and he made it. Now every time it's played on HBO I'll always watch it.

I'll just recommend this to you who didn't quite understand about inception, dream within a dream within a dream, "Your world is not real." And
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Adeesh Bhat
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Inception: The shooting Script is basically like a documentary or a companion to the movie "Inception". The book offers the story of inception through the written screenplay and offers notes and visions the director "Christopher Nolan" had for this movie.This book can be read by anyone at all since it is easier to comprehend than the movie and still does an exceptional job of invoking thought. Although, I believe that this book is best read after watching the masterpiece of a film it is.
Captherine ✪
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Captherine ✪ by: Kemi
took a star off because...what is reading the shooting script for, exactly? i've watched the movie seven times and will watch it some more i don't really need to read the script
but it does have those four stars. primarily for the really enlightening and fascinating interview in the beginning. yes thank you v much Nolan bros that was a good interview ty
Sridevi SJ Srikanth
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
At first, this book was pretty confusing, but as I kept reading, it made a lot more sense to me. This book took me to a whole new world. I was hooked on from the first page. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Susan
Jul 24, 2010 marked it as to-read
WOW! What a movie! Wish there was a book so hopefully this will do. :)
Tyler
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scripts, read-in-2014
Inception is currently my favorite movie, and has been since I saw it opening night. I found the script just as riveting as the movie (no shocker, the script is the written form of the movie.
David Ross
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent reference book for a wonderfully crafted story. Reading the script on the page really gives you a better understanding of the fast moving structure as we jump frequently between realities and also the lovely finishing touches that take us full circle back to references made at the beginning. Add in the extra pages of hand drawn storyboards, artistic scene impressions and also the introduction interview between the Nolan brothers, and you've got a really worthwhile book. One of the ...more
Pankaj Jaju
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Its difficult to comprehend any of this book if one hasnt seen the blockbluster. So, make sure you have seen the movie, then read this book to enjoy the movie even more.

What imagination this Nolan has!
Deshawn Vasquez
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading it in print with the accompanying diagrams really emphasizes how complicated it was to clearly illustrate the concept and maintain viewer interest. You can see why it took a few years to really iron things out.
Sean
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
“Everybody dreams, Cobb. Architects are supposed to make those dreams real.”

This was a great accompaniment to a great film, I loved all of the appendices and storyboards and concept art, but most of all the interview with Christopher Nolan by his brother Jonathan.

I’m away to watch the film now.
Robert M Gallagher
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great script for a great film!
Dantes
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Master piece for Subconsciousness mind
Nate
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good loved the movie and the shooting script
Stefan Bugryn
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fucking brilliant
Jeanna
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best films of all time! This book allows for you to get up close and personal to a few panel-by-panel storyboards, as well as the wonderful script. There's also a wonderful introduction that gives readers an inside look into the film. And even a detailed instruction manual of the dream machine from the movie.
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Christopher Jonathan James Nolan (born July 30, 1970) is a British-American film director, screenwriter and producer. He is known for writing and directing such critically acclaimed films as Memento (2000), the remake Insomnia (2002), the film adaptation The Prestige (2006),
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“COBB: You're waiting for a train. A train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you can't know for sure. Yet it doesn't matter...
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