cobb (dicaprio) is the best extraction thief in the game with the ability to steal valuable secrets and important details deep within the subconscious of a victim while they sleep and dream. this skill has both made cobb a fugitive and given him a second chance to obtain his life and family back.
in the grand scheme of things, there is nothing new here: the protagonist has a great skill (extraction) and needs one last big heist to win back everything he once lost. i wish hollywood would come up with a new way to tell a story instead of rehashing the same formulaic plot line again and again …
even though nolan’s method is derivative, the idea of extraction is a great medium of mystery. the idea that someone can obtain the truth or information from someone else while they are in a state of hypnosis or dream (supposedly when the brain is at its most vulnerable state) has been around for years. in fact, hypnosis has been used by agencies all around the world to try to break into the minds of criminals and spies for years, but to date there is no scientific proof to support this. the unfortunate truth is that facts and information is always clouded by a persons feelings and emotions, the two cannot be separated and so truth is never objective but rather subjective. so it is impossible to find out what really is truth but rather how someone feels about what they know (neat right?).
the story is fantastic, full of action and colorful dialogue. each actor does a tremendous job to escalate and charge the story forward.
nolan did an amazing job with this film and i never pass up an opportunity to watch it!