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    June 25, 2010


    One big news that hits the Tinseltown yesterday was the early review of inception by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers. Peter Travers gives the upcoming Christopher Nolan's sci-fi-heist-mind-bending-thriller Inception a 3 1/2 star review - almost a perfect score. Almost perfect sounds good considering the lackluster strings of this summer releases that fell to impress the critics and nonetheless the box office performance. 2010's summer is by far one of the weakest in terms of attendance and ticket sales, from a string of disappointment from Robin Hood to The A-Team. Will Inception joins Toy Story 3 as one of those rare fresh summer hits?

    The answer is possible. While Peter Traver's full review is not online yet, Indiewire quoted an article by New York Post's Lou Lumenick that has some lines about the review from Travers.

    Read at your own risk (WARNING: Semi-spoiler ahead):
    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.

    It seems that Nolan has managed to live up the expectation by blending in elements from various well-known movies of the past with his original script. Talk about James Bond, The Matrix, Blade Runner, Memento and even the record breaking Nolan's work of The Dark Knight is all enough to tell you how chill this movie will be.
    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.
    While the movie is almost perfect for Travers, he did made a point that Inception will have tough task to create some box office phenomenon. Inception is a brain movie - unlike any other movies served by the Hollywood with exclusive no-brainer lines and actions. Don't expect it to be another The Dark Knight because this movie is hard to sell and it is too cerebral to be accepted and hardly any juice of meninges will be fully understood.

    SOURCES: SlashFilm, IndieWire, NY Post

    From Travers' conclusion I derived two things: ONE, Inception is a great stuffs to watch, considering this is Christopher Nolan thingy. TWO, Inception requires your brain to fully operating while watching it. So, brace yourself for July 15 because Inception will be here. For a compliment for reading this article till the end, here are two featurettes for you:



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