This movie took my breath away.
Literally. My ribs hurt afterward because I forgot to breath so many times!
The story follows Dominic Cobb, a man who specializes in entering people's dreams and planting suggestions so he can steal information from them. At the beginning of the story, Cobb is being taken into a Japanese home by security guards, who show an old man that he is carrying a pistol and a spinning top.
The movie then flashes back to where the story really begins--Cobb and a team of two, Arthur and Nash, are attempting to steal secrets from a man named Saito for another company--coporate spying intensified. The mission goes awry and Arthur and Cobb barely escape. However, Saito finds them and offers Cobb a deal--if Cobb plants an idea in a certain subject's mind, Saito will arrange it so that he can go home to his children. Of course, Cobb accepts and goes immediately in search of a team.
Planting an idea in someone's mind, called inception, is something that his right-hand man, Arthur, argues can't be done. But Cobb says he's done it before. And he puts together a team--consisting of Arthur, Saito, a man named Eamus, a young architect named Ariadne, and a man knowledgeable about sedatives, Yusuf--that can pull it off. Only, Ariadne discovers a hitch.
Cobb's memories of his dead wife, Mal, have been taking over every dream he's entered. And she's becoming maniacally nasty.
I can't say any more without ruining the suspense of the story (for those who haven't seen it). On to my thoughts:
This movie is amazing. The story is one that makes every writer I know start wishing they'd thought of it. It's complex and breath-taking scenery is some of the best I've ever seen. I have no complaints about either of those, nor can I gripe about the acting. Instead, I have to warn you that the only way to wake up from a dream that Cobb and his team create (besides a "kick", the sensation of falling that all dreamers have experienced at one time or another) is to be killed or commit suicide. While the killing is mostly bloodless and of dream figures that don't exist in real life, the suicide moments make up a key part of this plot and are cringe-worthy, though all off-screen. It makes the film pretty dark.
And there's quit a bit of cussing.
But, overall, it's a must see movie. Five stars to Inception!