Smug Dog thinks Inception looks good

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05.10.10 16 Comments

While the rest of the dork world obsesses over which villains will be in the next Batman, I’m much more interested in what the guy who directed Memento, Insomnia, and the Prestige is doing with his non-comic book movie — probably because I’m so sophisticated (as you can see by this fine Italian loincloth).  The third trailer (above) and some TV spots (below) for Christopher Nolan’s Inception have just hit, and they’re beginning to give us some idea of the plot.

I’m always a little put off when a movie starts telling me it’s going to be about dreams, because dream sequences are almost always lame.  Case in point, the Nightmare on Elm Street trailer (Oh my God, it’s snowing… inside?  That’s so surreal!  You’re a genius!).  But this is Chris Nolan we’re talking here, and unimaginative he is not. Sample dialog:

DICAPRIO: “We create the world of the dream. We bring the subject into that dream, and they fill it with their secret. ” [Editor’s note: Heh heh…]

ELLEN PAGE: “Then you break in and steal it?”

DICAPRIO: “Well, it’s not exactly legal.  It’s called ‘Inception.’ […]

I think I’ve found a way home. And this last job?  That’s how I get there.  Dreams feel real while we’re in them.  It’s only when we wake up that we realize something’s actually strange.”

Beginning a sentence with “I was reading a Chuck Klosterman essay recently…” makes me want to strangle myself with my own scarf, but I was reading a Chuck Klosterman essay recently on the subject of Vanilla Sky, Memento and The Matrix, in which he was saying how “What is reality?” is really the only interesting question a movie can ask nowadays.  And how in sci-fi, the subject always chooses the depressing reality over the pleasant, real-feeling dream without much struggle or reflection.  Perhaps we’ll see something different here?  To put it in movie short hand, Inception looks like Tron meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind if it was a heist film, with elements of Dark City and Star Trek: Generations.  (*head explodes*)

RELATED: RoboPanda has the new poster over at GammaSquad.

Hat tip: /Film

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