Report: Warner’s ‘Inception’ Most-Confusing Movie to Watch

The Christopher Nolan-helmed sci-fi thriller Inception ranks No. 1 among the Top 10 most confusing movie plots, according to new data from London-based Money.co.uk.

The study analyzed 132 notoriously hard-to-follow movies to determine which plots viewers most often turned to Google for explanation. Not surprisingly, two other Nolan movies made the Top 10: Last year’s psychological thriller Tenet and 2014’s Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. Nolan’s Memento and Dunkirk also made the list.

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Indeed, with 5.5 million searches, Nolan is well-known for thought-provoking films that often bend time and physics, so it’s perhaps not surprising that he and his movies rank so high.

Surprisingly, director Martin Scorsese ranked No. 2 with 1.6 million searches involving the movie Shutter Island. The 2010 fantasy drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio generated more Google searches than No. 3 Stanley Kubrick, who had 1.4 million combined searches for The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey and 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut. DiCaprio, a favorite of Scorsese, appeared in two of the top three movies, having also starred in Inception.

Rank

Movie

Director

Year

IMDb rating

Confused searches

1

Inception

Christopher Nolan

2010

8.8

2,110,900

2

Tenet

Christopher Nolan

2020

7.5

1,928,480

3

Shutter Island

Martin Scorsese

2010

8.2

1,560,200

4

The Shining

Stanley Kubrick

1980

8.4

996,300

5

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Charlie Kaufman

2020

6.6

932,810

6

Donnie Darko

Richard Kelly

2001

8.0

802,750

7

Interstellar

Christopher Nolan

2014

8.6

744,600

8

Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford

2016

7.5

708,780

9

No Country for Old Men

Joel and Ethan Coen

2007

8.1

649,640

10

Arrival

Denis Villeneuve

2016

7.9

487,420

Warner Bros. Re-Releasing ‘Inception’ in Theaters July 17

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending science-fiction film Inception, Warner Bros. will re-release the movie in theaters July 17. It’s the same date Warner originally planned to debut Nolan’s latest movie, Tenet. That release — like most studio movies — has been delayed due to the ongoing shutdown of most movie theaters due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Written and directed by Nolan, who also produced the film with Emma Thomas, Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. He is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious. The ensemble cast includes Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine.

The movie’s original release generated more than $832 million at the global box office.

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The special Inception theatrical event will also offer moviegoers unseen footage from Tenet, which will now debut worldwide on July 31. Consumers will also be given an exclusive preview of select films on Warner Bros.’ upcoming slate.