I think it's no coincidence that the character is named Yusuf. Moreover, the fact that he is the 'driver seat' is too incidental, to be mere happenstance.
The guy is too great of a writer (and clearly intelligent) for that to be unintentional, IMO. I, too, am a huge fan of Nolan and I think he's outdone himself yet again.
It was even better than I expected (definitely liked it better than The Prestige, about on par with Memento).
I completely agree with this. He doesn't know how to make bad movies, does he? I had been looking forward to this ever since it was announced. Lots of layers to this, and more to be uncovered after a repeat viewing i am sure. Lots of really cool, imaginative action sequences, slo mos, etc...
EDIT TO ADD: I must say that a part
of me is disappointed that Christopher Nolan has gone mainstream. It felt like a tutorial in some parts because how dumb the average movie-goer is. At least he has gone back to his roots. That being said, It's still a very intelligent film and not for those expecting a dumbed down summer blockbuster. Reminded me of: shutter island, the matrix, memento, 8 1/2, and a much less subtle mulholland dr; all rolled into one.