'Inception' keeps you wide awake and on the edge of your seat

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Director-writer Christopher Nolan would have made a phenomenal puzzle master or game designer. Instead, he may have to settle for being an Oscar winner one of these days.

His movies are like intricately constructed three-dimensional puzzles or games that engage the left and right sides of the brain. Even as you're marveling at the sheer originality of the screenplay for "Inception," you are trying to figure out which layer of the dreamscape you're in and what is really going on.

"Inception" is a brilliant sci-fi action picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, an American thief who can steal secrets from others when they are asleep.


4 stars = Outstanding
Ratings explained
  • Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard.
  • Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout.

That makes him an "extractor" but a Japanese businessman named Saito (Ken Watanabe) has a proposition for him. Saito wants Cobb to plant an idea in a competitor's mind, much as advertisers sometimes weave subliminal pitches in their messages.

If Cobb can pull off this "inception," Saito will help him to reunite with his children. But first, he must assemble a team and attempt the seemingly impossible by crafting a dream within a dream within a dream.


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