Will Inception Be Too Smart for Moviegoers?

inception-leonardo-dicaprio-poster I ran the trailer for ‘Inception’ a couple weeks ago – check it out here – and have to say this movie is creating some serious buzz. Can’t wait to see it in theaters this Friday.

It’s got a sci-fi dream-invasion storyline and a killer cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine. And it’s directed by Chris Nolan, who helmed ‘The Dark Knight.’

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone called the plot “Mind blowing.” Here’s an excerpt from his review in the current edition of the magazine:

"The mind-blowing movie event of the summer arrives just in time to hold back the flow of Hollywood sputum that’s been sliming the multiplex. ‘Inception’…will be called many things, starting with James Bond Meets ‘The Matrix.’ You can feel the vibe of Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ in it, and Nolan’s own ‘Memento’ and ‘The Dark Knight.’ But ‘Inception’ glows with a blue-flame intensity all its own. Nolan creates a dream world that he wants us to fill with our own secrets. I can’t think of a better goal for any filmmaker. Of course, trusting the intelligence of the audience can cost Nolan at the box office. We’re so used to being treated like idiots. How to cope with a grand-scale epic, shot in six countries at a reported cost of $160 million, that turns your head around six ways from Sunday? Dive in and drive yourself crazy, that’s how.”

Think audiences can handle it? I think it’s high time filmmakers stopped dumbing things down for us. Michael Moore is right, darn it! We’re smart! 

Image: Warner Bros.


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