At the emotional centre of the tale is Leonardo Di Caprio – an actor whose unrivalled consistency and common touch is quietly making him the talent of his generation – as Dom Cobb, a highly skilled thief who specialises in extracting information from people’s subconcious while they sleep. Leo has rather cornered the market in emotionally-scarred redemption seekers of late and his muse here is no different. Following the death of his wife Mallorie (Marion Cotillard) our man is haunted by her memory and hunted by the American authorities who believe he killed her, so when a powerful client (Ken Watanabe) offers him exoneration in exchange for one last job ™, he jumps at the chance. All he and his team (comprising the faultless Tom Hardy, Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) have to do is break into the mind of a multi-million dollar business heir and convince him to break up the company. Plenty for Leo to get his near-perfect teeth into then.