Call me a late-comer to the party, but I have a young child and getting to the movies isn’t easy sometimes, even for Christopher Nolan! Still, I finally managed to get to see the movie last weekend and wasn’t disappointed at all.
On the surface, everything seems to be rather straight-forward if thought-provoking. Cobb and friends need to plant an idea in Fischer’s noggin such that he breaks up his mega-conglomorate for the good of the world. In return, his benefactor Mr. Saito will miraculously make all of his issues vanish. We later learn that the issue is a murder charge against his ex-wife, Mal.
Yadda yadda yadda, action ensues, multiple levels of dream misdirection, and ultimately success as he’s re-united with his kids. Right? Right?? Did the top fall or not?
Ultimately, if you get caught up in that question I think that you’ve taken the red herring bait. Just as Inception depicts Dreams-within-Dreams, Inception-the-movie serves up multiple levels of what’s actually happening.