Okay, I just got back from seeing it, FINALLY. I accidentally went to a babies-allowed showing, but there were only like 3 babies and they behaved for the most part. Bullet dodged! I hate spoiler text, it makes reading these things so hard. Anyway, I think the important thing about the top, and Rachel touched on this, is that it [hl=black]wasn't Cobb's totem, it was Mal's. And not only that, we're never told or shown what Cobb's own totem is - perhaps because if he had one it would quash any discussion about whether the movie was a dream from the beginning, and/or whether just the end was a dream, and all things in between. And although he seems to use the top as a totem (to tell whether he's dreaming), I think the fact that it was originally Mal's and not his casts at least a little suspicion on its accuracy at predicting his own state at any given time.[/hl] That said, I don't think it was clear [hl=black]either way whether it was a dream or not - and I don't think there is or should be a definitive answer (I like ambiguity sometimes!) - and I think there was enough evidence to argue either way. BUT I don't think that idea that it could have been a dream is an "obvious twist" - even if a twist is predictable, if it doesn't get definitively answered you can't call that a stupid or predictable twist. That doesn't make sense for an ambiguous movie.[/hl] I also didn't have a problem with [hl=black]the dreams not being very scientifically accurate. I guess I would have been disappointed if I went in hoping for a hard sci-fi kind of psychological thriller, but it seemed to me from the trailers that this was going to be fantasy or handwave-y sci-fi at best, not super sciencey. That said, I'm not 100% sure the mythology/fake science itself was consistent. I probably won't go see it again, but I felt like some things were either badly explained or at least seemed to conflict originally. I agree with Rachel that there was some "Hey this is exposition" dialogue but it didn't bother me either, some movies kind of need that, see: Primer.[/hl] OH, and I do like the theory about [hl=black]it all being Mal's dream.[/hl] Also, I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt like candy. I hope he gets the Riddler role.