So, it’s January 2010. Almost a year since we first got whiff of Inception and all of its reluctant, fact-hording ways.
And what do we have to show for it? A heck of a lot of excitement for a start.
Clamping down on information in this information-heavy world has definitely had the desired effect, gradually building anticipation for the film without battering audiences over the head with needless over-exposure.
This month, Nolan finally broke his silence on the project and spoke with the LA Times, confirming that the combined ideas of Ian Fleming, the Wachowski Brothers and Sigmund Freud fed into his script for Inception.
“I think we’ve put a lot of different things into the pot with this one,” Nolan said while taking a breather from editing.
“I grew up watching James Bond films and loving those and watching spy movies with their globetrotting sensibility.... We get to do that here, not just geographically but also in time and dimensions of reality as well. We get to make a movie that’s expansive, I suppose you’d say, in four dimensions.”
Tantalising stuff. But Nolan doesn’t stop there, going on to call this the “biggest challenge” he’s ever undertaken.
“We’re trying to tell a story on a massive scale, a true blockbuster scale – the biggest I’ve ever been involved with,” the director says. “We tried to make a very large-scale film with The Dark Knight and with this one we wanted to push that even further.”
It's been 11 years since The Matrix blew our minds. And, obvious comparisons aside (the gravity-defying hallway clash featured in the trailer, for a start), it's the film that Inception seems to have the most in common with in terms of restricted media access and hushed, confused anticipation. So forgive us for drawing easy parallels.
It's too early to tell if Inception will have a similar impact to its sci-fi forbear, but it'll definitely be one to watch.
So... Case closed? Not by half - this baby’s only just getting started...
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