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Finally! A new film from Christopher Nolan has been released. It is said that it took Nolan eight years to write the script for this film. It may have taken James Cameron longer to work on Avatar, but Inception takes those blue monsters and throws them into the 4th dimension.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Cobb, a mind thief who battles with a ghost from his past. He and his team, Ariadne (Ellen Page), Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Eames (Tom Hardy), Yusuf (Dileep Rao), and their “contractor” Saito (Ken Watanabe) must infiltrate the mind of Robert Fischer, Jr. (Cillian Murphy) to, instead of extracting an idea or memory, they must plant one. An inception.

From the very beginning, your mind is racing trying to figure out what’s going on. Throughout most of the film, you are in awe of the special effects and scenery. It is visually stunning to watch, especially in the “dream world” sequences (Which is most of the film). We are introduced to “paradoxical architecture”, something you’d see in an M.C. Escher painting. The visuals are stunning, and at times you are just blown away by the depth of the environment and the visual tricks Nolan plays on the audience.

This film gave many stars a time to shine. Ellen Page was a great addition to this film as “the architect” of the dream. It is finally good to see her get a serious role and to show her stuff, and I mean more than a snappy teenage wit and a cheeseburger phone. Ken Watanabe was another who had a great role. He was first brought to the West in the film The Last Samurai and introduced to Nolan in Batman Begins as Ra’s al Ghul. But, one of my favorite characters was that of Eames, played by Tom Hardy. He was introduced to us as a private in Band of Brothers and as Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s foe Praetor Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis.

We cannot forget about Leonardo DiCaprio. I’m always a fan of actors who are written off as a nobody. After Romeo + Juliet and Titanic, it seems that a lot of people had written him off. But, he is a great actor! For his role in this film, I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing it. He brought some reality to this surrealist idea. This film gives all of its actors a free range to show their talent.

This is the must see of the summer, and possibly the year. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and you’ll find yourself speaking out loud, which will catch you off guard. Christopher Nolan has outdone himself this time. The Dark Knight was amazing, but after seeing Inception it makes me wonder, “What will Batman 3 be like?”

IMDb gives this film a 9.6 out of 10. I would have to agree with that rating this time.