Underneath all the really impressive special effects and the sci-fi content, Inception offers a replay of the archetypal male fears of female sexuality. In this sense, the movie follows the conventions of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. A dark and brooding Mr. Rochester with a daunting past is here played by a blond and brooding Leonardo DiCaprio with an equally painful past. Both men are obsessed with control. What they are trying to control so desperately is the irrational sphere of emotions and dreams associated with women.
Both Mr. Rochester and Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception are haunted by their wives who represent a raw, uncontrollable sexuality that threatens the obsession with control that drives these men. Both men manipulate their wives into what they see as 'insanity' and hide them either in the attic or in the basement. Both are helped in their quest to liberate themselves from the influence of their wives by a woman who embodies a completely different type of femininity: boyish, asexual, and fully dedicated to maintaining the world of logic and control at the expense of everything sexual, sensual, and irrational. The female lead in Inception is played by Ellen Page whose big head on a 10-year-old's body symbolizes her rejection of everything female.
Even some small details that were present in Jane Eyre reappear in Inception. A huge knife wielded by Berta Rochester is picked up by the main character's wife. A jump out of a window plays a similarly crucial role in both works. And, of course, the feeling of male terror that comes as a response to being confronted with the threat of an uncontrollable female sexuality informs both the novel and the movie in a very similar way.
What Inception teaches us is that no matter how many special effects you pile up, some things remain the same throughout history.