Fans of the hit TV show Lost often complained that, while they loved the plot’s myriad twists and turns, they sometimes feared that the producers were making it up as they went along.
That is certainly not the case with Christopher Nolan’s Inception, one of the most elaborately diagramed films I have ever seen. M.C. Escher himself could not have created a more precise piece of work.
Ten years ago, Nolan made a film that I absolutely adored called Memento. Like Inception, that film—about a man with no short term memory trying to solve the riddle of his wife’s death—challenges the audience’s assumptions and has us questioning our own take on reality. But Memento was quick and dirty—a calling card of sorts, a young upstart showing the establishment how it could be done.
Inception works on a much larger scale—Nolan, after all, is a huge director now (he went on to make the two Christian Bale Batman films)—but I’m not sure it’s to the film’...