Inception (2010)• PG-13
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
IMDB: 8.8 / 10
Leonardo DiCaprio plays a dream thief, someone who makes a living extracting secrets from the deepest parts of the target’s mind by entering their dreams and manipulating the subconscious. He’s hired by a CEO to plant an idea in the mind of a competitor, but his own personal demons begin to unexpectedly thwart his team’s carefully crafted plan.
While Inception may not be a typical spy or hacker movie, it portrays the human element of both worlds extremely well, notably in the form of psychological manipulation. Elaborate dream worlds are carefully constructed, lulling the mind into a false sense of security. Scenarios are recreated that resonate emotionally and details are recreated down to the texture of carpets. Inception is a masterclass in social engineering and operational security, both of which are important in espionage and hacking.
REALISM RATING: 3/5
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