The storyline by Chris Nolan was amazing - you get really involved with the characters, and you think that you know just enough about dreams by the time they plan their inception strategy - therefore, if you're on the ball, you should be able to follow it, and be able to discuss it at length with your friends after the film ends.
This film mixes together a huge range of cinematic delights - and it comes out beautifully. The casting was fantastic, and Leonardo DiCaprio has done very well to make it out of his Titanic fame...and grown into a very respectable actor with a huge CV to show for it. The CGI was mind- blowing, the famous clip from the trailer with the lifting of the city in the horizon fitted perfectly with the storyline - and with that same storyline in your head, and with the visual effects - you have no choice but to be blown away. The storyline is the third delight, well planned and prepared, and full of complexities and charm...it does very well to stand. Obviously, you could (if you wanted to) look into great depth about every scene...trying to make sure you know just what is going on at each stage...and that's what millions of people have been doing. Great work by Chris Nolan here - he's made a huge name for himself now...after The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige and Memento - he's heightened the bar even higher with Inception.
At nearly two and a half hours, you'd think the film would struggle to keep you captivated and involved in the story. You'd think that no one would be able to follow it all the way until the end - but then you watch it, and nearly everyone in the cinema is up to speed with you (you can feel it - the dead silence at the tense scenes), then there is a huge twist which you just didn't see coming, and you know everyone else in the cinema is thinking exactly the same as you...there is that dead silence again once the credits start to roll whilst everyone takes in what has just happened. THIS is what I think distinguishes a film from the rest - leaving the audience captivated even during the credits. This is a definite must see.