To be fair, I did NOT go into Inception with all that cynicism and jadedness. I went in looking for a thrilling ride, and that is exactly what I got. It was captivating, exciting, tense, very well cast, and once I got past the first dream (or scene, or whatever it was), I stopped trying to figure things out, and just sat back and enjoyed the film.
So the only really ingenious thing I can share with you about this movie is:
UPDATE: Hans Zimmer says: 'the sonic similarity was not only intentional but also the one element of an enigmatic movie “that wasn’t supposed to be a secret.”' (via NYTimes)