Dominick Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a professional thief. He enters
into the mind of his targets to find or plant information, commissioned by his patrons. He is asked to plant an idea (to split up his father's company) in the head of the son of a business man, a too powerful competitor for his patron (Ken Watanabe) to conquer otherwise, in exchange for entrance to the US and reunion with his kids, where he is (unjustly) wanted for the murder of his wife. Extracting information is much easier than planting it, so he has to come up with an elaborate plan to pull this off, going deep into the mind of his target. By using four different levels of drug induced dreaming, each level initiated and built by a different member of his team, he is able to plant the idea in the head of the young man to follow his own path and split up his father's company, and with that, delivering the result his patron was looking for. In return he gets to travel back to the US to see his kids again. But he doesn't wait for the result of the reality check, to see if he is in reality or still in someone else's dream...
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Best part of story, including ending:
I would have liked it to be more philosophical about reality, dreaming, consciousness, etcetera. But it being a Chris Nolan movie, there was more action than contemplation.
Best scene in story:
The scene where Leonardo DiCaprio teaches Ellen Page how to build a
dream world and the city of Paris actually folds over itself. So unusual and imaginative.
Opinion about the main character:
The life he led with his wife deep in dreams. And the fact that he
wants so much to be with his kids again, that he doesn't wait for the reality check result.