It has been one of this year’s most talked-about Hollywood mysteries. Everybody in the film industry knew that the British filmmaker Chris Nolan was making Inception, a big-budget movie about dreams, with a stellar cast headed by Leonardo DiCaprio. But that was about it.
Its cryptic title and the fact that Nolan kept the plot a closely guarded secret from day one added to the speculation. Actors he was considering casting had to read the script in his office or have it hand-delivered to their homes where someone stood guard while they perused it. Even the visually dazzling but enigmatic trailer failed to explain exactly what the film was about.