If you want to skip the rest of review, it's all right. The following statement sums up my thoughts and feelings about Inception: "WHOA!"
The film is gripping, action-packed, and more importantly, very smart. I haven't seen a film that weaves special effects, action, and powerful narrative (or in this case narratives) into one intelligent package. I'm pretty sure a lot of people will leave scratching their heads, but if you take note and carefully listen to the premise of the story, you'll want to scramble back inside the theater.
The story focuses on Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of "dream spies". He and his trusted ally Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are used to the "extraction" of ideas from dreams, but when they are offered the near-impossible task of "inception" (planting an idea in someone's mind) with great reward, they reluctantly accept. In the course of the mission, a lot of things go wrong and they start to confuse reality with the dreamscape, but that's where the tension and fun happens.
Christopher Nolan is becoming one of my favorite directors and this film just continues his winning streak. Like most of his films (Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight), Inception is underpinned by a strong psychological concept (in this case, dreams and the subconscious). BTW, the film has a great twist and an open-ended ending that will make fans scream "mindfuck!"
Inception is the best action thriller of the year thus far and is a must-watch, even if it swirls viewers into a mind-melting experience. "WHOA!" indeed.