A group led by Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Departed) is able to enter peoples’ dreams, planting ideas and stealing information from them. The group is hired by Japanese businessman Saito (Ken Watanabe, Batman Begins, The Last Samurai) to enter the dreams of a rival businessman (Cillian Murphy, 28 Days Later, Red Eye) to plant an idea that will help Saito’s business. Meanwhile, Cobb, who was accused of killing his wife, has trouble telling the difference between reality and the dream world as he struggles to clear his name and return to his kids in America.
This film, from director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Memento), questions absolutely everything about reality and takes the viewer on a wild ride the entire time. The story is fantastic, the acting is incredible, and many of the views are breathtaking. It can be a lot to follow at times, but as long as you pay attention and have an open mind to what is going on, it is well worth it. This movie clocks in at just shy of two and a half hours, and I really did not want it to end (though when it does, it delivers one of the best endings one could possibly hope for). Other than possibly Tom Berenger, every actor in this movie fits perfectly with their character and everybody brings their A-game. This may be DiCaprio’s finest performance, and that is saying a lot. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock From The Sun, Killshot) may have found his real breakthrough role here, Ellen Page, who was nominated for an Oscar for Juno, delivers a much better performance here than she did in that movie, and Murphy shows a lot more depth than he ever has. I have zero complaints about this film and I walked out of the theatre thinking to myself that I just saw one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, movie ever made.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 10