In case you don't know what Inception is then here is a brief description: it was the movie on the summer of 2010 that blew people away. It may be hard to follow the first time you saw it, by the second it was making sense and you were moving along with the cast through a labyrinth of the inner mind. A place that we call dreams, where they sneak in to make a profit.
The story follows Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) working with his team for corporations, on the run from a crime he didn't commit, hiding in Europe while his kids grow up thinking daddy will be right back. He is looking for that one last job, the big one that will get home back to the States, back to the family he has left. He will infiltrate a mark's dream, he will share what they know to serve his purpose, plant what he needs and extract their most precious secrets from their subconscious.
Cobb: "Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange."
Arthur, Joseph Gordon Levitt's character is as important to Cobb's work as breathing.
You do not take on a role like this, the side arm in a Chris Nolan film, and think "I am going to steal the movie from Leonardo DiCaprio." But that is exactly what JGL's character, Arthur, did.
Dom: "I've got things under control."
Arthur: "I would hate to see you out of control."
Joesph Gordon Levitt plays Arthur, point man, right hand, side arm ... he is the kind of man that has your back no matter what kind of trouble you may have gotten in to. Whether in reality or dream, Arthur is the man who is going to get you home. He will find a way and he will bring you back. He also brought new meaning to the suit, tie and vest. No matter what the circumstances, what they were faced with -- a dream collapsing on itself, captured inside the dream and held hostage, finding a way to save the rest of the team when there is only him left -- he did it with his suit, his vest and without a hair out of place, not a drop of sweat to mar his brow.
Arthur is the ultimate in cool. He didn't come up with the plan, that was Cobb. He didn't use big guns - Eames. He isn't even the architect who creates the world of the dream. That would be Ariadne. Arthur is one who is one step behind them, making sure their jobs are done, their consciousness safe.
As I have said before and will say again, if you are in trouble, it is Arthur you want on your side. If you have to get into a lifeboat, you better make sure he is already there, holding your seat, promising he will make sure everything goes to plan and he will keep you safe. Because trust me, Arthur will.
Trivia: Take the first letter of each of the main characters and line them up: Dom, Robert(Fischer) Eames, Ariadne, Mal, Saito ... what does it spell? D-R-E-A-M-S