Director: Christopher Nolan
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 148 min
This film is based on the premise that technology exists which allows people to infiltrate and manipulate the dreams of other people. As the story opens, Cobb, an expert in dream technology is on the run from the law, forced to hide abroad and work for corporations illegally. After a failed operation, Cobb is approached by the head of a major corporation for a job. If he is able to penetrate the dreams of a young business man and plant an idea that will cause the man to break up his company, then Cobb’s employer will see to it that all charges are cleared from his name and he can return home to his children. Cobb takes the job, but in order to succeed, he must escape the ghosts of his mysterious past who seem to sabotage him every time he enters the dream world.
The film takes advantage of the similarity between dreams and the medium of film–the quick cuts from one scene to another without having to know exactly how the characters got there, the seemingly impossible or improbable events that we take for granted, etc. Just as the characters sometimes have trouble sorting out what is dream and what is reality, so does the audience. This is not a movie to watch when you are tired or unprepared to pay close attention. But if you like a solid science fiction concept and like trying to figure out what is going on in a mysterious plot, this is a great film.