Inception (2010)

Inception employs one of the most complicated structures in recent movie history. Explore this five act structure in detail, and find out how Christopher Nolan pulled it off.

Listen to Story Maps Screenwriting Podcast #4: Inception:

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Related: Is Inception better than The Dark Knight Rises?

Our book, Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan offers two separate Story Maps of Inception — Dan uses a 4-Act structure and Rob prefers a 5-acter. The book is the only place to get our final, most exhaustive analysis of this mind-bending blockbuster. Click on the graphic below to read an excerpt from the book and purchase it, sold exclusively here:

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