Inception is one of the best movies to hit the cinemas this year, and it's only released halfway through 2010. It has received quite a bit of rave reviews, as well as mixed reception regarding it's ending. It features plenty of what many would call an ensemble cast from Leonardo di caprio whom everyone knows to Cillian Murphy the scarecrow from Nolan's other hit; Batman, as well as rising young stars like Ellen page from Juno. Other noted names are Ken Watanabe and Joseph Gordon-levitt.

The strong cast gives life to Christopher Nolan's powerful script, who has previously given rise to the acclaimed Batman revival. Inception is probably his best film to date. It packs a powerful story within a story within a story. The basic premise that requires a suspension of belief is that it takes place within a world or universe where people can enter other peoples dreams. The movie sufficiently explains the rules of the game in the dream such that viewers are not too lost, provided you remain awake and attentive through the entire duration.

The "dream team" is led by leonardo de caprio playing Cobb who goes about assembling them before taking the job offered by Saito, played by Ken Watanabe. You are briefly introduced to the mechanics of the dream world. Later on Cobb guides Ariadne (Ellen Page) through the architecture of the dream state as well as how to build things within in, helped along later by Arthur, that really serves as your intro to what makes for sense in their reality. This is done artfully without being contrived, and introduces it's key plot device. Going any further here would of course be a premature spoiler to the very plot.

The choreographed action sequences are wonderfully done and leaves you wanting more. From tussles taking place in zero gravity, which were apparently filmed in a turning windmill style set, to "dreaming" up looping staircases or dreaming bigger. It is all in all pretty cool and not the 3d gorefest that has been the case in films like transformers. The action is in one word; tasteful. This movie is something for both male and female audiences.

Its pace is neatly done, with three dreams rushing through at the speed of plot. The threads between the interwoven segments are just barely made comprehensible to he viewer but that is adequate to convey Nolan's current magnus opus. With the opium like dream den of the chemist and Cobb's use of the like it certainly brings an interesting element as to what happens in your mind once you hit the bed as well as your dreams if any...

Ultimately a must watch movie this season, provided you have on that day the mental stamina to withstand 2hours and 30 minutes of non stop cerebral action. The plot is strong the cast is strong and the progression and pace is strong. Finally you have a show that is adequately funded with a powerful and thought provoking story backing it that is presented in a format palatable to audiences. You might worry about inception at night, just so you be warned!

Some answers to speculations and questions:

What is Ariadne's Chess Piece?

It should be a bishop, not a pawn due to the incision at the head. As to what material it is of that it is unclear. As to it's use as a grounding totem, it seems less clear cut compared to the other two. Her sequence was mainly used to intro the plot device.

How could Cobb find Saito?

They were no longer in any single persons dreams but were in a shared limbo space. This limbo was where Cobb had built his city which collapsed. For Saito's limbo he had manifested a castle of sorts and guards to protect it.

Why is Saito so old and Cobb still so young in that part?

Well this is probably because of Saito's earlier dream demise before Cobb, which would lead to Saito spending that much more time in limbo. Saito is meant to be 80 and Cobb a bit more than half that age but if course Cobb looks younger than ever.

Ending (spoiler alert)

Don't read the following until after you have watched the movie!

My personal interpretation is that Cobb made it back to reality. Careful allusions had been made on the show that Cobb could only see the back of his children in the dreams he enters, as that was the only memory he had of them as he had left just before.

When he finally saw their faces, he knew he was no longer in a dream anymore. The faces of his two kids worked as his totem to ground his reality. Upon seeing them the spinning top no longer mattered which is why he rose to embrace them.

Further backing this interpretation is the ending credits where the ages of the actors were meant to be 2 years older than the ones whose backs he kept on seeing in his dreams. This can also be checked on imdb.

Some people may base their argument on the top wobbling but not dropping.
It seems that Warner bros released some limited edition Cobb's spinning metal tops that is by now practically impossible to obtain. If you watch the YouTube video that took the top out for a spin you would understand how the ending sequence was made. You can go to YouTube and look for Cobbs spinning top which should throw up something.

It seems some opportunistic entrepreneur has got his hands on a replica and has hand made a couple more, going from $30 to $100. That is probably the hardest totem out of the three to obtain anyway. You can after all make your own loaded die. You can try buying inception totems.

As for whether there will be a sequel, we can see that the world imagined here has much potential, and more dream heists and dream hacks can take place in the future if Nolan allows it. Then again I do expect strong urging for a sequel.