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Is Christopher Nolan the saviour of spectacularly intelligent cinema? On the evidence of his most recent work, the answer is an unequivocal "yes". Having used a bestselling comic-book franchise to create a pair of movies (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) that are perhaps best described as art-house flicks posing as blockbuster fare, Nolan cashed in his hard-earned artistic and financial freedom with Inception (2010, Warner, 12), the $160m auteur vehicle that proves really expensive movies don't have to be stupid to be successful.

Playing with riffs previously explored in such diverse (and, to some eyes, downmarket) screen thrillers as Total Recall, Dreamscape and Nightmare on Elm Street sequel Dream Warriors, Inception casts its characters' psyches as the scene of the crime, setting a team of industrial espionage agents loose within the subconscious of their unknowing sting. Leonardo DiCaprio is »

- Mark Kermode

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