Rating : 5/5
Just like the dreams inside, this movie surpasses reality.
It's 2h+ of mystery, suspense and pure action, sprinkled with enough drama and having very well placed drops of humor. But moreover this movie is a mind challenge; one second of inattention and you could get lost in the web of "realities". At times, I could compare the intellectual involvement to the one needed for a quantum mechanics class.
The main idea of the film is subconscious control using dreams. The science behind it is to be proved but grabbing hold of you from the first moment and carrying you through layers of dream/reality without letting go for one bit, makes it seem damn real.
The cast, with Leo upfront, did their job brilliantly, there is not a split-second of misguided acting. What misses a bit is a greater development of the supporting characters, their background being unknown. Also there is a slight trend in Nolan's movies to keep the female characters on a pedestal or close to asylum-type behavior.
The filming makes you live the dream as if you were being part of it (I wonder what it would of looked like if it had been conceived for 3D) and the SFX are simply awesome: the Paris urban rearrangement is a masterpiece and the zero-gravity scenes are fun to watch, and not in a comic way.
The mind-crushing siren-type of sounds play their part in the total immersion of the viewer.
It's one hell of a experience, and it will be difficult to pinch yourself out of this one.
Cool details - Spoiler Alert!!!
The power and the tension of the movie are so great that at the end of it, millions of people will be completely focused on a turning spinning top.
Something that I barely realized: the characters are bad guys, but you're 100% on their side >:)
The behavior of main character's french wife is explained simply by her name: Mal (fr. bad/evil)