Really, there’s not a lot I can say about it, as the plot depends on keeping you guessing and continuing to take you by surprise.
So, what I can do is remind you of the definition of the word “inception.” It means origin, root; the beginning of an idea. The film takes some of the ideas that worked us over in The Matrix, but turned them into a psychological thriller in a manipulated, high octane, don’t-believe-your-eyes-because-they-are-playing-tricks-on-you, as well as the epic scope of the dreamscapes.
To make it even better, never before have I sat in a theater where the tension in the audience was utterly palpable throughout, but never more than in the last five sentence. I could feel everyone holding their breath. Moments of the film are surreal, and you have to wrap your mind around them, while others are pure feasts for your eyes and minds.
The acting is excellent from all involved, and there’s a touch of comedy at times to lighten the mood of this intense thriller. Ellen Page shines, establishing that she doesn’t have to be in an indie rom-com to do her thing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the hard-nosed no-nonsense partner of Leonardo DiCaprio, who struggles with his inner demons throughout. (His character is similar his role in Shutter Island, but different enough that it still works brilliantly, mainly because there are some new, dark and twisty elements added to it.
Christopher Nolan is an absolute, unequivocal master of film and suspense. Alfred Hitchcock: you have your heir.
Watch this film.
Think about it.
Then watch it again.