Riveting. I hate when critics over-use that word. But it is the only word that I can think of that sums up my Inception-viewing experience. I was completely riveted for at least 99% of the time. The 1% was mostly just when I took an opportunity to look around and see if my friends were as completely sucked in as I was.
I honestly think that this movie could potentially cause mental issues in some people. My brain is really tired. On the way home just now, I stopped to fill up my gas tank, and I was struggling a bit. This movie really does require that you stick with it though. I could easily see some people quitting on it, and hating it. You really need to keep your brain engaged, and, well, I felt that I was rewarded.
Ok, so I'm sure many of you have seen clips of the scene with Ellen Page and Leonardo DiCaprios' characters exploring a dream, and all sorts of things like the fruit stand start exploding... about half way through that scene, I knew I was going to love this movie. My mouth was hanging open. (This was one of those 1% moments when I remembered that I was watching a movie.) The special effects were really fun. I wondered, when I watched the trailer if I would feel like I was actually in a dream-state, or if they would capture that feeling anyway. My dreams are a little-too random for anyone to really capture on screen. But, that didn't matter. The fact is that they really did make me feel like I was in someone's dream. There were actually quality action scenes, too.
The acting was great. Leonardo DiCaprio is just a darn good actor. I tend to believe him as every character he plays. At least since (and including) Catch Me If You Can, anyway. Ellen Page didn't need to act too much, but I think she fit the cast really well. The others were all great. No one struck me as not fitting their character, or having distracting lack of acting skill.
I was hooked by this movie after about 10 minutes, I loved everything in the middle, and I loved the ending. I don't think this movie is for everyone, especially people who hate "thinking" movies. This one's a clear thinker. If you can handle a good think, go see it. Make sure to see it in the theater, to do justice to the awesome special effects, too. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I give it a 10 out of 10. It definitely did not disappoint me.
Sole critical negative of the most minuscule persuasion: They missed the opportunity to play "Take a Picture" by Filter during the credits. I think it would have fit just right.