My first piece of advice to those who have no seen this movie yet: pay close attention to every detail. Pay attention to every word spoken, every action, every gesture, every glance, and everything you wouldn’t normally pay attention to in a movie. Most people would say, go see it again if you’ve already seen it. They say this because watching it again will give you the opportunity to see things you didn’t see the first time around. However, if you take my piece of advice, you won’t need to pay for a second time. Aside from that fact, it is certainly worth the money to see it twice.It’s no wonder this film was as good as it was with director Christopher Nolan behind it. He also directed The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Batman Begins, Memento, and he has begun a new Batman film for 2012. He also wrote all of these films, and Inception.The cast was interesting to me. Leonardo DiCaprio has been in great movies in the past, such as The Titanic, The Man in the Iron Mask, Romeo and Juliet, The Departed, and many others. However, his performances in recent films have been rather mediocre compared to those previously listed films. I have always had good faith in him as an actor, but some might argue otherwise. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an actor who you don’t see in the most popular movies, but he is a fantastic actor and is in good films, like (500) Days of Summer, Brick, and Manic. His performance in Inception was beyond satisfactory, as expected. Ellen Page, on the other hand, seems to play a lot of the same characters, similar to Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and Steve Carell. She often plays an awkward teenage girl, like in Juno and Whip It. She redeems herself in Inception by playing a very smart college student. I will get into her character more later. Other familiar faces appear in this movie, such as Ken Watanabe (Memoirs of a Geisha), Cillian Murphy Jr. (The Dark Knight), and Michael Caine (The Dark Knight and much more).Inception starts off using a technique used often in films. This technique is a hit-or-miss technique. I’ve seen it used poorly in films, and I’ve seen it succeed. Here, it was a sure success. This technique is that the end of the film was shown briefly in the beginning. Sometimes, this might confuse the audience into thinking it is a part of the beginning, until they see this scene repeated at the end. Usually, when the scene is repeated like so, the entire movie becomes much clearer. This happens in Donnie Darko. If you are not paying enough attention to this film, you will miss the climax, you will be confused in the end, and you will need to re-watch it. In  Donnie Darko, many events take place, so while watching you simply have to sit down, be quiet, and wait for it all to tie together. With Inception, everything becomes clearer as the movie goes on, but one scene in the end throws off everything you thought was going on, creating a broken puzzle in your mind.The intense beginning to this film entices the audience immediately (or, at least, I was enticed). You’re unaware for a few minutes, but you quickly realize that the characters are in a dream. The end of this scene reveals them to be in a dream within a dream. During the dream within a dream, Cobb’s wife appears. The scene involving her is a bit vague, so it is obvious you have to keep this character in mind until her situation becomes clearer. When they awaken, Cobb and Arthur vanish, leaving the man they committed inception on (later revealed as Saito, played by Ken Watanabe) to wonder whether it was just a dream or not. When he looks at his wrist, he finds a needle hole, making it clear to him that it wasn’t just a dream.Saito later offers Cobb the opportunity to return home. This shows that they are not in America, and gives you another piece of information to keep in mind. One question arises with this scene; why can’t Cobb return home? Arthur and Cobb go to France after this. Cobb’s reason was to find a new architect. When they arrive, we meet Cobb’s father, Miles (Michael Caine). We find out he teaches architecture, and that he taught Cobb about inception. Cobb explains the situation, and Miles introduces him to Ariadne (Ellen Page), his best student. Previously in this scene, Cobb asks Miles to give him someone as good as he was, and Miles says he has someone better, which reveals Ariadne’s level of knowledge in architecture. Cobb tests her, and then introduces her to inception.Here is where I give my opinion on Ellen Page’s character in this film. In her first experience of inception, she is completely unaware she is in a dream. When Cobb tells her, she gets nervous, and when they awaken, she freaks out. Cobb explains it in further detail, telling her (and the audience) that five minutes of sleep is one hour in the dream. They go back into dreaming when she calms down, and she picks up the techniques very quickly.Alright, this caught my attention. I’ve seen this done in movies before; a character picks things up quickly than most people would. When I have seen it used, I’ve seen it fail. It causes the audience to think the film is unrealistic and, therefore, they are unable to relate to the character. People will think, there’s no way someone in real life could pick that up so quickly, so this is stupid. While this is very true, the audience can’t think that while watching a movie because it detaches them from the story and from the realistic feeling it is supposed to bring. In this particular film, I must applaud the subtle use of quick learning. Ariadne didn’t just learn everything Cobb knows, she picked up the basics of inception. If introducing her as a better architect weren’t enough to show her level of intelligence, this certainly did the trick.This right here is the beginning of the relationship between Cobb and Ariadne. Throughout the movie, Ariadne pries her way into Cobb’s mind, even though they barely know each other. The things Cobb tells her are things he should have told his dear friend Arthur, things he never revealed to him. Ariadne’s intelligence is shown again by how gently yet forcefully, and how gradually she gets him to tell her his most personal and well-kept secrets. Not only is her intelligence revealed, but also her confidence and tenacity. She was not willing to do the job for Cobb unless he told her what she needed to know, while the others trust him on his experience alone. Ariadne tries so hard to save him from himself throughout the whole movie, and in the end we are not sure if she succeeds or not, because the ending isn’t clear. I believe it is up to the audience to determine the ending. For that, I applaud Nolan.To wrap things up, I must move on from the story and direction and express how remarkable the special effects were. The special effects were done by a team of 25 people, visual effects by a team of 136 people. Every dream sequence in the film was phenomenal, and it was the climax of enticement for the audience. In the scene where Arthur and another man are fighting while the building seems to be moving in a falling and spinning motion was an incredible scene in which I literally dropped my jaw to. I was so blown away by how beautifully that was filmed and edited. The slow motion sequences were amazing, as well. Slow motion can’t be that difficult to do, and it always looks very cool. Anything done in slow motion is just plain awesome. There were a lot of slow motion scenes in this movie, and I think they are part of what made this movie so great. A lot of things made this movie great. None of the words I have used to describe this film do it justice. This was a quality film. IMDb gave it an 8.9 out of 10. I would give it a 9 out of 10, as well. This movie was amazing. I want to own it, watch it again, watch the commentary, and watch all of the special features. I haven’t seen it yet in 3-D, but I’m sure that was an even better experience. This movie is going to go on as one of the best movies for generations.