Cool, mind-bending, esoteric, Inception leads viewers through a plot that’s a maze. Sometimes we’re sure of where we are; a lot of the time we aren’t. The hero Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, infiltrates people’s dreams or their dreams within their dreams. Here he hopes to save the world’s energy sources by infiltrating the sub-conscience of the heir to a major corporation. He and his team risk everything in this esoteric pursuit. Along the way there are plenty of cool effects, chases, explosions and close calls.

In the beginning I found the film engrossing, but as it went on, I hoped it would end and I got tired of how aware the story was of its own complexity and cleverness. The hero’s desire to recapture his old love and return to his family got old. His wife, who haunted him, seemed both wooden and ethereal–so unreal and hence dull. So I didn’t really care whether he addressed that problem. I found the heir to plastic and stereotypical, so that aspect of the story didn’t work for me either.

I did like Ellen Page’s character, Ariadne, an architecture student who’s the Every woman in this film. If only a few more of the characters had seem so real or worth caring about . . . . The last scenes were painfully sentimental and predictable.

I’m glad I saw this intriguing, ambitious film once, but wouldn’t bother seeing it again.