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Dream Sharing

HBO Max original film Inception was released July 13th, 2010.

#Inception cleared $836.5M at the international box office.

rottentomatoes: 87%

metacritic: 74

imdb: 8.8

oscars: 4 wins

golden globes: 4 nominations

SAG awards: 1 win

Dom Cobb, Inception, HBO Max, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Leonardo DiCaprio
Dom Cobb, Inception, HBO Max, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Leonardo DiCaprio

Dominic Cobb

Mr. Cobb has to plant an idea in his subject’s mind to buy a ticket home from Tokyo, Japan.
Dom Cobb, Inception, HBO Max, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Leonardo DiCaprio

“What is the most resilient parasite? A bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient. Highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain, it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed, fully understood– that sticks. Right in there somewhere.” — Dom Cobb

“Mr. Saito, we can train your subconscious to defend itself from even the most skilled extractor. Because I am the most skilled extractor. I know how to search your mind and find your secrets. I know the tricks. And I can teach them to you, so that even when you’re asleep, your defense is never down. Look, if you want my help, you’re gonna have to be completely open with me. I need to know my way around your thoughts better than your wife, better than your therapist, better than anyone. If this is a dream, and you have a safe full of secrets, I need to know what’s in that safe. In order for this all to work, you need to completely let me in.” — Dom Cobb

“Doesn’t matter. I can get it here. Trust me. The information is in the safe. He looked right at it when I mentioned secrets. Just head back to the room. All right? I’ll take care of this.” — Dom Cobb

“With a clean dive, perhaps. Mal, what are you doing here? You know that I am. But I… I can’t trust you anymore.” — Dom Cobb

“Actually, the subject is partial to postwar British painters. Please, have a seat. You can’t imagine. Just getting some fresh air. Stay where you are, Mal. Come on. Damn it.” — Dom Cobb

“Did she tell you? Or have you known all along? Uh, there’s no use threatening him in a dream, right, Mal?” — Dom Cobb

“Nash! He’s out. You came prepared, hmm? It’s very difficult for a man of your position to keep a love nest like this secret, particularly where there’s a married woman involved. Yet, here we are… with a dilemma. Well, that’s not true. You left out a key piece of information, didn’t you? You held something back, because you knew what we were up to. Question is, why’d you let us in at all?” — Dom Cobb

“An audition for what? We extracted every bit of information you had in there. You don’t seem to understand, Mr. Saito. That corporation that hired us, they won’t accept failure. We won’t last two days. Looks like I’m gonna have to do this a little more simply. Tell us what you know! Tell us what you know now!” — Dom Cobb

“Ah, yes, but, you see, Mr. Saito… we’re not in your dream. We’re in mine. That’s enough. I have it under control. Okay, we don’t have time for this. I’m getting off at Kyoto. Well, I don’t like trains. Listen. Every man for himself.” — Dom Cobb

“Yes, hello? Hey, guys. Hey. How are you? How you doin’, huh? Okay? Who’s just okay? Is that you, James? Well, I can’t, sweetheart. I can’t. Not for a while, remember? Look, I… I told you. I’m– I’m away because I’m working, right? Phillipa, is that you? Put Grandma on the phone for me, will you? We’ll just hope she’s wrong about that. Yeah, James? James, we talked about this. Mommy’s not here anymore. Listen, I’m– I’m gonna send some presents with Grandpa. All right? And you be good. You be…” — Dom Cobb

“Right. Yeah. Yeah, I’m fine. Why? Look, I’m, uh, sorry about your leg. Won’t happen again. One apology’s all you’re getting, all right, Arthur? Where’s Nash? No, we were supposed to deliver Saito’s expansion plans to Cobol Engineering two hours ago. By now, they know we failed. It’s time we disappear.” — Dom Cobb

“Buenos Aires. I can lie low there, maybe sniff out a job when things quiet down. You? Send my regards.” — Dom Cobb

“It’s not the way I deal with things. What will you do with him? What do you want from us? It’s not true.” — Dom Cobb

“Are you offering me a choice? Because I can find my own way to square things with Cobol. And I choose to leave, sir. You can’t fix that! No one can! How complex is the idea? No idea is simple when you need to plant it in somebody else’s mind.” — Dom Cobb

“Hold on. If I were to do this, if… I even could do it, I’d need a guarantee. How do I know you can deliver? Yes, it can. Just have to go deep enough. I’ve done it before. We’re gonna need a new architect.” — Dom Cobb

“You never did like your office, did you? Extradition between France and the United States is a bureaucratic nightmare. You know that. Look, I, uh… brought these for you when you have a chance. I’m just doing what I know. I’m doing what you taught me. No, you taught me to navigate people’s minds. But after what happened, there weren’t a whole lot of legitimate ways for me to use that skill.” — Dom Cobb

“I think I found a way home. It’s a job for some very, very powerful people. People who I believe can fix my charges permanently. But I need your help. You know what I’m offering. You have to let them decide for themselves. Not just money. You remember. It’s the chance to build cathedrals, entire cities, things that never existed, things that couldn’t exist in the real world. They don’t actually come into the dream. They just– they just design the levels and teach them to the dreamers. That’s all. Mal won’t let me. ‘Reality.’ Those kids, your grandchildren, they’re waiting for their father to come back home. That’s their reality. And this job, this last job, that’s how I get there. I would not be standing here if I knew any other way. I need an architect who is as good as I was.” — Dom Cobb

“Not exactly. I have a test for you. Before I describe the job, I have to know you can do it. It’s not, strictly speaking, legal. You have two minutes to design a maze that it takes one minute to solve. Stop. Again. Stop. You’re gonna have to do better than that. That’s more like it.” — Dom Cobb

“They say we only use a fraction of our brain’s true potential. Now, that’s when we’re awake. When we’re asleep, our mind can do almost anything. Well, imagine you’re designing a building, all right? You consciously create each aspect. But sometimes it feels like it’s almost creating itself if you know what I mean. Genuine inspiration, right? Now, in a dream our mind continuously does this. We create and perceive our world simultaneously. And our mind does this so well that we don’t even know it’s happening. That allows us to get right in the middle of that process. By taking over the creating part.” — Dom Cobb

“Now, this is where I need you. You create the world of the dream. We bring the subject into that dream, and they fill it with their subconscious. Well, dreams, they feel real while we’re in them, right? It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange. Let me ask you a question. You– you never really remember the beginning of a dream, do you? You always wind up right in the middle of what’s going on.” — Dom Cobb

“So, how did we end up here? Think about it, Ariadne. How did you get here? Where are you right now? You’re actually in the middle of the workshop right now, sleeping. This is your first lesson in shared dreaming. Stay calm.” — Dom Cobb

“Because it’s never just a dream, is it? And a face full of glass hurts like hell. When you’re in it, it feels real. Well, someone had to design the dreams, right? Why don’t you give us another give minutes? In a dream, your mind functions more quickly. Therefore, time seems to feel more slow. Why don’t you see what you can get up to in five minutes?” — Dom Cobb

“You’ve got the basic layout. The bookstore, the café. Almost everything else is here, too. Projections of my subconscious. Yes. Remember, you are the dreamer. You build this world. I am the subject. My mind populates it. You can literally talk to my subconscious. That’s one of the ways we extract information from the subject. By creating something secure like a– like a bank vault or a jail. The mind automatically fills it with information it’s trying to protect. You understand? Well…” — Dom Cobb

“Yes, it is. Because my subconscious feels that someone else is creating this world. The more you change things, the quicker the projections start to converge on you. They sense the foreign nature of the dreamer. They attack like white blood cells fighting an infection. No, no. Just you.” — Dom Cobb

“This is great, but I’m telling you, if you keep changing things like this… it’s my subconscious. Remember? I can’t control it. Very impressive. I know this bridge. This place is real, isn’t it? Never re-create places from your memory. Always imagine new places. Only use details– a-a streetlamp or a phone booth. Never entire areas. ‘Cause building a dream from your memory is the easiest way to lose your grasp on what’s real and what is a dream.” — Dom Cobb

“Hey, listen to me. This has nothing to do with me, you understand? Hey, get off of her. Back up. Back up! Get off of her! Mal! Mal! Mal! Mal, no! No!” — Dom Cobb

“She’ll need a totem. She’ll be back. I’ve never seen anyone pick it up that quickly before. Reality’s not gonna be enough for her now, and when she comes back when she comes back, you’re gonna have her building mazes. I gotta go visit Eames.” — Dom Cobb

“It’s a necessary risk. We don’t just need a thief. We need a forger.” — Dom Cobb

“You can rub them together all you want, they’re not gonna breed. Let me get you a drink. You’re spelling hasn’t improved. How’s your handwriting? Good.” — Dom Cobb

“Inception. Now, before you bother telling me it’s impossible, let me– interesting. ‘Cause Arthur keeps telling me it can’t be done. Well, he is good at what he does, right? Not like you. Let me ask you something. Have you done it before? You didn’t plant it deep enough?” — Dom Cobb

“We need the heir of a major corporation to dissolve his father’s empire. Which is what? No, not yet. Why don’t you take me there? Cobol engineering. That price on my head– was that dead or alive?” — Dom Cobb

“Run interference. I’ll meet you downstairs in the bar in, say, half an hour? This is the last place they’d suspect. Café. One café. Shh! One café. Café.” — Dom Cobb

“What are you doing in Mombasa?! Different tail. Well, it could be anything from the floor of a building to an entire city. But they have to be complicated enough that we can hide from the projections. Right, a maze. And the better the maze… exactly. You wait. They’ll turn ugly. No one likes to feel someone else messing around in their mind.” — Dom Cobb

“Yes. And to go into the field with us. Well, we’d need you there to tailor compounds specific to our needs. Great depth. Three. It is possible. You just have to add a sedative. Five. What for? After you. How long do they dream for? And dream time? After a while, it becomes the only way you can dream. Let’s see what you can do.” — Dom Cobb

“Yeah. Yeah. Everything’s just fine.” — Dom Cobb

“What’s your problem this Mr. Fischer? Mr. Saito, this this isn’t your typical corporate espionage. You asked me for inception. I do hope you understand the gravity of that request. Now, the seed that we plant in this man’s mind will grow into an idea. This idea will define him. It may come to change… well, it may come to change everything about him. Well, we can’t work based solely on rumor, can we?” — Dom Cobb

“No, no, I was just– I was just running some experiments. I didn’t realize anyone was here. Here. Let me take a look. So you’re learning, huh? No, it was… it was Mal’s, actually. This… this one was hers. She’d spin it in the dream, and it would never topple. Just… spin and spin. How are the mazes coming along?” — Dom Cobb

“No, no, no. Don’t– don’t show me specifics. Only the dreamer should know the layout. In case one of us brings in our projections. We don’t want them knowing the details of the maze. Right. No. No, they don’t. No one said it’s getting worse. I need to get home. That’s all I care about right now. Because they think I killed her. Thank you. For not asking whether I did.” — Dom Cobb

“‘I will split up my father’s empire.’ Now, this is obviously an idea thar Robert himself would choose to reject. Which is why we need to plant it deep in his subconscious. The subconscious is motivated by emotion, right? Not reason. We need to find a way to translate this into an emotional concept. That’s what we’re here to figure out, right?” — Dom Cobb

“Now, Robert’s relationship with his father is stressed, to say the least. No, because I think positive emotion trumps negative emotion every time. We all yearn for reconciliation, for catharsis. We need Robert Fischer to have a positive emotional reaction to all this. That might work. Inception’s not about being specific. When we get inside his mind, we’re gonna have to work with what we find.” — Dom Cobb

“‘My father doesn’t want me to be him.’ In other words, it gives us more time on each level. It’s a week, the first level down, six months, the second level down, and the third level… a kick. It’s that feeling of falling you get that jolts you awake. It snaps you out of the dream. The trick is to synchronize a kick that can penetrate all three levels.” — Dom Cobb

“Wasn’t he supposed to have a knee operation? He must be flying private, then. Why’s that? Looks like we have our ten hours. Ariadne? Terrific work, by the way.” — Dom Cobb

“Of course I do. You shouldn’t be here. All right, well, this has nothing to do with you. Not these. These are my dreams. It’s the only way I can still dream. In my dreams, we’re still together. I know I did. You don’t understand. These are moments I regret. They’re memories that I have to change. Listen, there’s only one thing you need to understand about me.” — Dom Cobb

“Mine and Mal’s, yes. She’s already gone. That’s my son, James. He’s digging for something, maybe a worm. That’s Phillipa. See, I thought about calling out to them, so they’d turn and smile and I could see those… those beautiful faces of theirs. But… it’s all too late. Then I start to panic. I realize I’m gonna regret this moment, that I need to see their faces one last time. But the moment’s past. And whatever I do, I can’t change this moment. As I’m about to call out to them… they run away. If I’m ever gonna see their faces again, I’ve gotta get back home… …to the real world.” — Dom Cobb

“Because we’ll be together. This is the hotel suite where we used to spend our anniversary. Please, I need you to stay here just for now! I’ll come back for you. I promise.” — Dom Cobb

“When’s the funeral? Right. I promised Miles. No. Get us another seat on the plane.”

“If I get on this plane and you don’t honor our agreement… when we land, I go to jail for the rest of my life.”

Ariadne, Inception, HBO Max, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Elliot Page


“Pleased to meet you. A work placement? You’re not gonna tell me anything about this first? Why?”

“Such as? Yeah. Yeah, like I’m… discovering it. Mm-hmm. How?”

“How could I ever acquire enough detail to make them think that it’s reality? I guess, yeah.”

“Well, we just came from the… we’re dreaming? It it’s just a dream, then why are you protec– but how did architects become involved? Five minutes?! What– we were talking for like at least an hour.”

“Who are the people? Yours? How else do you do it? Then you break in and steal it. I guess I thought that the dream space would be all about the visual, but it’s more about the feel of it. But it’s more about the feel of it. My question is, what happens when you start messing with the physics of it all? It’s something, isn’t it?”

“Why are they all looking at me? ‘Converge?’ Like they’re gonna attack us?”

“Geez. Mind telling your subconscious to take it easy?”

“Yeah, I cross it every day to get to the college. Well, you gotta draw from stuff you know, right? Why not? Is that what happened to you?”

“Is that why you need me to build your dreams? Cobb! Cobb! Cobb! Let me go! Let me go! Wake me up! Wake me up! Wake me up! Wake me up! Wake me up!”

“Why– why wouldn’t I wake up? What?! That’s some subconscious you’ve got on you, Cobb! She’s a real charmer! She’s his wife? What, like a coin? I-I don’t know if you can’t see what’s going on, or if you just don’t want to, but Cobb has some serious problems that he’s tried to bury down there. And I’m not about to just open my mind to someone like that.”

“Yeah, well, I tried not to come, but… it’s just… …pure creation. What kind of tricks?”

“But how big do these levels have to be? A maze. Then the longer we have before the projections catch us? My subconscious seems polite enough. Cobb can’t build anymore, can he? Why? His ex-wife? They’re still together? What was she like in real life?”

“Were you going under on your own? Yeah, I was just– I was working on my totem, actually. Ah– an elegant solution for keeping track of reality. Was it your idea? Arthur told me she passed away.”

“Each level relates to the part of the subject’s subconscious that we are trying to access. So, I’m making the bottom level a hospital so Fischer will bring his father. Um, you know, actually, I have a question about this layout. Why is that so important? You mean in case you bring Mal in. You can’t keep her out, can you? You can’t build because, if you know the maze, then she knows it. Well, she’d sabotage the whole operation. Cobb, do the others know? You’ve gotta warn them if this is getting worse. Why can’t you go home? For what?”

“It’s 10 years. Who would want to be stuck in a dream for 10 years? What’s a kick?”

“I just wanted to see what kind of ‘tests’ you’re doing on your own every night. This has everything to do with me. You’ve asked me to share dreams with you. Why do you do this to yourself? Why is it so important to dream? These aren’t just dreams. These are memories. And– and you said never to use memories. You’re trying to keep her alive. You can’t let her go. Well, what’s down there that you regret?”

“This is your house? Where is she?”

“My name is– I’m just trying to understand. No. What is this place? What happened here?”

“Do you think you can just build a prison of memories to lock her in? Do you really think that’s gonna contain her? Cobb, I’m coming with you. The team needs someone who understands what you’re struggling with. A-And it doesn’t have to be me, but then you have to show Arthur what I just saw.”

Arthur, Inception, HBO Max, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt


“Uh… what Mr. Cobb is trying to say– yes. In the dream state, your conscious defenses are lowered, and that makes your thoughts vulnerable to theft. It’s called extraction.”

“He knows. What’s going on up there? Saito knows. He’s playing with us.”

“What’s she doing here? Okay, make sure you do. We’re here to work.”

“Aah! Ugh!”

“I know. But the dream’s collapsing. I’m gonna try to keep Saito under a little bit longer. We’re almost there.”

“This isn’t gonna work. Wake him up. Give him the kick! Dunk him.”

“They’re getting closer. Cobb?”

“Not good. Asshole. How do you mess up the carpet? You’re the architect. And you. What the hell was all that? I’d hate to see you out of control. Why? He’s not gonna check every compartment.”

“Our ride’s on the roof. Hey, are you okay? Well, down in the dream, Mal showing up. It’s getting worse, isn’t it? He hasn’t shown. You want to wait?”

“Where you gonna go? Stateside. Of course not. Okay. Here’s me planting an idea in your head. I say to you, ‘don’t think about elephants.’ What are you thinking about? Right. But it’s not your idea, because you know I gave it to you. The subject’s mind can always trace the genesis of the idea. True inspiration’s impossible to fake. Cobb, come on.”

“Cobb, we should walk away from this. Look I know how much you want to go home. This can’t be done. You don’t know that. Who’d you do it to? Why are we going to Paris?”

“That’s why the military developed dream sharing. It was a training program for soldiers to shoot and stab and strangle each other and then wake up. Five minutes in the real world gives you an hour in the dream.”

“Hey. Hey. Hey. Look at me. You’re okay. You’re okay. ‘Cause there was still some time on the clock, and you can’t wake up from within the dream unless you die. A totem, it’s a small personal… oh. I see you met Mrs. Cobb. Yeah. So, a totem. You need a small object, potentially heavy, something you can have on you all the time that no one else knows. No. It needs to be more unique than that. Like, this is a… loaded die. I can’t let you touch it. That would defeat the purpose. See, only I know the balance and the weight of this particular loaded die. That way, when you look at your totem, you know beyond a doubt that you’re not in someone else’s dream.”

“Where are you gonna be? Eames? No, he’s in Mombasa. It’s Cobol’s backyard. Well, there’s plenty of good thieves.”

“Cobb said you’d be back. But there’s nothing quite like it. Shall we take a look at some paradoxical architecture? You’re gonna have to master a few tricks if you’re gonna build three complete dream levels. Excuse me. In a dream, you can cheat architecture into impossible shapes. That lets you create closed loops, like the Penrose steps. The infinite staircase. See? Paradox.”

“So, a closed loop like that will help you disguise the boundaries of the dream you create. Well, I don’t know if he can’t, but he won’t. He thinks it’s safer if he doesn’t know the layouts. He won’t tell me. But I think it’s Mal. No, not his ex. No… she’s dead. What you see in there is just a projection of her. She was lovely.”

“So he gives himself the idea. Eames… I am impressed.”

“How do you translate a business strategy into an emotion? ‘Might?’ We’re gonna need to do a little better than ‘might.’ Forgive me for wanting a little specificity, Eames. Specificity.”

“Three layers down, the dreams are gonna collapse with the slightest disturbance. So, once we’ve made the plant, how do we get out? And I’m hoping you have something more elegant in mind than shooting me in the head. Are we gonna feel a kick this kind of sedation? We could use the musical countdown.”

“It would have to be a 747. Because on a 747, the pilot is up top, and the first-class cabin is in the nose, so no one would walk through. But you’d have to buy out the entire cabin and the first-class flight attendant.”

“Robert should accompany the body no later than Tuesday. We should move.”

Mal Cobb, Inception, HBO Max, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Marion Cotillard

Mal Cobb

“If I jumped… would I survive? I thought you might be missing me. So what?”

“Looks like Arthur’s taste. Tell me… do the children miss me? What are you doing?”

“The gun, Dom. Please. That depends on what you’re threatening. Killing him would just wake him up. But pain… …pain is in the mind. And judging by the decor, we’re in your mind, aren’t we, Arthur?”

“He was close. Very close.”

“You know how to find me. You know what you have to do.”

“You know how to find me. You know what you have to do. You remember when you asked me to marry you? You said you had a dream. That we’d grow old together. And we can.”

“What are you doing here? I know who you are. What are you doing here? How could you understand? Do you know what it is to be a lover? To be half of a whole? I’ll tell you a riddle. 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 don’t know for sure. But it doesn’t matter. How can it not matter to you where the train will take you? How could you bring her here, Dom?”

“You promised! You promised we’d be together! You said we’d be together! You said we’d grow old together!”

Eames, Inception, HBO Max, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Tom Hardy


“You never know. You’re buying. Piss off. It’s versatile. Thank you very much.”

“No, it’s perfectly possible. It’s just bloody difficult. Hmm. Arthur. You still working with that stick in the mud? Oh, he’s the best. He has no imagination. Listen if you’re gonna perform inception, you need imagination. We tried it. We got the idea in place, but it didn’t take. No, it’s not just about depth. You need the simplest version of the idea in order for it to grow naturally in your subject’s mind. It’s a very subtle art. So, what is this idea that you need to plant?”

“Well, you see, right there, you have various political motivations and anti-monopolistic sentiments and so forth. But all of that stuff is… it’s really at the mercy of your subject’s prejudice, you see? And what you have to do is start at the absolute basic. The relationship with the father. Do you have a chemist? Right. Okay, well, there’s a man here. Yusuf. He, uh, he formulates his own versions of the compounds. Once you’ve lost your tail. The man at the bar.”

“Don’t remember. Let’s see is he starts shooting. Then back here? Mm. All right. Freddy! Freddy Simmonds. My God, it’s you, isn’t it? No, it isn’t you.”

“Ah, so this is your idea of losing a tail, huh?”

“There’s no room for tourists on a job like this, Mr. Saito.”

“10… 12. All connected. Bloody hell. They come here every day to sleep?”

“That’s where we come in. How is Robert Fischer’s relationship with his father? Can you get me access to his man here? Browning. Fischer senior’s right-hand man… Fischer junior’s godfather. References are something of a specialty for me, Mr. Saito.”

“The vultures are circling. And the sicker Maurice Fischer becomes, the more powerful Peter Browning becomes. I’ve had ample opportunity to observe Browning, adopt his physical presence, study his mannerisms, and so on and so forth.”

“So now in the first layer of the dream, I can impersonate Browning and suggest concepts to Fischer’s conscious mind. Then, when we take him a level deeper, his own projection of Browning should– should feed that right back to him. Precisely. That’s the only way it will stick. It has to seem self-generated. Your condescension, as always, is much appreciated, Arthur, thank you.”

“Well, can we run with that? We could suggest to him breaking up his father’s company as a ‘screw you’ to the old man. All right, well, try this. Um, ‘my father accepts that I want to create for myself, not follow in his footsteps.’ Oh. Thank you for your contribution, Arthur.”

“On the top level, we open up his relationship with his father, and say, ‘I will not follow in my father’s footsteps.’ Then the next level down, we feed him, ‘I will create something for myself.’ Then, by the time we hit the bottom level, we bring out the big guns. Exactly.”

“I’m sorry, math was never my strong subject. H-How much time is that? This, Ariadne, would be a kick.”

“He hasn’t got any surgery scheduled. There’s no dental, nothing. Nothing. Nothing that they’d put him under for, anyway. And we need– we need at least a good 10 hours.”

Saito, Inception, HBO Max, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Ken Watanabe


“Are you here to kill me? I know what this is. I’ve seen one before… …many, many years ago. It belonged to a man I met in a half-remembered dream. A man possessed of some radical notions.”

“For someone like you to steal? How can you do that? Enjoy your evening, gentlemen, as I consider your proposal.”

“Turn around! Now the envelope, Mr. Cobb. That you’re here to steal from me or that we are actually asleep? I want to know the name of your employer.”

“Aah! Stop him!”

“Not even my head of security knows this apartment. How did you find it? She would never. You got what you came for. An audition.”

“Doesn’t matter. You failed. But your deception was obvious. So, leave me and go. I have always hated this carpet. It’s stained and frayed in such distinctive ways. But very definitely made of wool. Right now… I’m lying on polyester. Which means… I’m not lying on my carpet in my apartment. You have lived up to your reputation, Mr. Cobb. I’m still dreaming.”

“Dream within a dream. Ah, I’m impressed. But in my dream, you play by my rules.”

“He sold you out. Thought to come to me and bargain for his life. So, I offer you the satisfaction. Nothing. But I can’t speak for Cobol Engineering. Inception. Is it possible? If you can steal an idea from someone’s mind, why can’t you plant one there instead? Elephants.”

“Can you do it? Then you do have a choice. Tell the crew where you want to go. Hey, Mr. Cobb! How would you like to go home? To America? To your children? Just like Inception. Simple enough.”

“My main competitor is an old man in poor health. His son will soon inherit control of the corporation. I need him to decide to break up his father’s empire. You don’t. But I can. So, do you want to take a leap of faith… or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone? Assemble your team, Mr. Cobb. And choose your people more wisely.”

“Care for a lift, Mr. Cobb? I’m here to protect my investment.”

“Six. The only way to know you’ve done the job is if I go in with you. This time, it seems there is.”

“Why do they do it?”

“Are you all right, Mr. Cobb?”

“Robert Fischer, heir to the Fischer Morrow Energy conglomerate. That’s not your concern. We’re the last company standing between them and total energy dominance. And we can no longer compete. Soon, they’ll control the energy supply of half the world. In effect, they become a new superpower. The world needs Robert Fischer to change his mind. Rumor is the relationship is quite complicated. It should be possible, if you can get the right references.”

“Sydney to Los Angeles. One of the longest flights in the world. He makes it every two weeks. Not if there were unexpected maintenance with his plane. I bought the airline. It seemed neater.”

“It’s time. Maurice Fischer just died in Sydney. Thursday. In Los Angeles.”

“Complete the job en route, I make one phone call from the plane, you have no trouble getting through immigration.”

Miles Cobb, Inception, HBO Max, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Michael Caine

Miles Cobb

“No space to think in that broom cupboard. Is it safe for you to be here? I think they might find a way to make it work in your case. It’ll take more than the occasional stuffed animal to convince those children they still have a father. I never taught you to be a thief.”

“What are you doing here, Dom? You’re here to corrupt one of my brightest and best. Money. So, you– you want me to let someone else follow you into your fantasy? Design it yourself. Come back to reality, Dom. Please. I’ve got somebody better.”

“Ariadne? I’d like you to meet Mr. Cobb. If you have a few moments, Mr. Cobb has a job offer he’d like to discuss with you.”

Yusuf, Inception, HBO Max, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Dileep Rao


“You are seeking a chemist? To formulate compounds for a job? No, I rarely go into the field, Mr. Cobb. Which are? A dream within a dream. Two levels. Not possible. That many dreams within dreams is too unstable. A powerful sedative. How many team members?”

“This, I think, is a good place to start. I use it every day. Here, I’ll show you. Perhaps you will not want to see.”

“They come every day to share the dream. You see? Very stable. Three, four hours, each day. With this compound? About 40 hours, each and every day. Tell him, Mr. Cobb. Do you still dream, Mr. Cobb?”

“Sharp, no?”

“Sedation. For sleep stable enough to create three layers of dreaming, we’ll have to combine it with an extremely powerful sedative. Good night. The compound we’ll be using to share the dream creates a very clear connection between dreamers whilst actually accelerating brain function.”

“Brain function in the dream will be about 20 times normal. When you enter a dream within that dream, the effect is compounded. It’s 3 dreams– that’s 10 hours times–“

“Depends on the dream. Oh, that’s the clever part. I customized the sedative to leave inner ear function unimpaired. That way, however deep this sleep, the sleeper still feels falling. Or tipping.”

Robert Fischer, Inception, HBO Max, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Cillian Murphy

Robert Fischer

“I put it beside his bed. He hasn’t even noticed. Not now, Uncle Peter.”

Peter Browning

“I’m not smelling settlement here. Take them down. Well, shall we voice your concerns with Maurice directly? No, no, no. I-I think we should.”

“How is he? I don’t want to bother him unnecessarily, but– must be a cherished memory of his. Robert… …we need to talk about a power of attorney. I know this is hard on you– but it’s imperative that we start to…”

Maurice Fischer

“Robert, I told you keep out the damn… wait, so do it! Get– put it through! Never! Never. Haven’t you, the same as I asked. Leave that.”




“Right now… or never, Cobb.”


“Mr. Browning, Maurice Fischer’s policy is always one of avoiding litigation. I’m not sure that’s necessary.”


“How’d it go?


“What are you doing?! It’s too soon! He won’t wake! What? Aah. Aah!”

“It wasn’t my fault. I didn’t know he was gonna rub his damn cheek on it!”

Phillipa and James Cobb

“Hi, Daddy. Hi, Dad. Good. Okay, I guess. Yeah. When are you coming home, Dad? Why? Grandma says you’re never coming back. She’s shaking her head. Daddy? Is Mommy with you? Where?”


“That’s enough, kids. Say bye-bye.”

“James! Phillipa!”

Elderly Man

“No. They come to be woken up. The dream has become their reality. Who are you to say otherwise, sir?”

Cobol Engineering

“Who? You’re not dreaming now, are you? Ohh! There! Ohh!”

Saito’s Men

“He was delirious. But asked for you by name. Show him. He was carrying nothing but this… …and this.”

“Aah! Aah!”

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