Nolan: Inception Will Awe ‘On a Massive Scale’

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Just yesterday, I was complaining about the announcement of G.I. Joe 2, and the lack of strong original material in Hollywood.

Well, I had clearly forgotten about Inception, the crazy-looking, ambiguous and ambitious sci-fi thriller penned by Christopher Nolan and set to come out in July.

The big Inception news swirling around today is Nolan’s recent discussions about the scale of this spectacle. With the likes of Memento and Insomnia, Nolan showed he could do intimate and claustrophobic. With Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, he proved he could manage a sprawling citywide superhero franchise. But he’s upping the stakes here with Inception to a whole new level, telling the Los Angeles Times: “This is the biggest challenge I’ve taken on to this point…We’re trying to tell a story on a massive scale, a true blockbuster scale”

More here, from the Times’ Hero Complex blog:

“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.”

Forget G.I. Joe; this is more like it. Few things get me as psyched as the prospect of a major filmmaker being given the freedom to swing big, with material that doesn’t fit easily into the genre bin. Sometimes things go astray, sometimes they veer into unexpected directions, but I think most of us can already rest assured that there is simply no way that Inception will be boring.

Hell, we’re all not even sure yet what the movie is about, but I’m already excited to check it out. How about you?

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