First Review of 'Inception' Sings Praise for a Smart Blockbuster

Is there anyone out there out there who considers him or herself a movie geek, but isn't eagerly anticipating the release of Christopher Nolan's new film, Inception?  Because, frankly, I'm not convinced that you exist at this point in time.

Everyone else can take comfort in the words of Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, who is the first movie critic to glimpse Nolan's mind-bending blockbuster - and yes, he thinks it is fantastic.

Travers' full review will appear in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone - the same one that will feature the infamous interview with now-defunct General Stanley McChrystal - but we have the following excerpt to whet your appetites for now (no worries, it's spoiler-free):

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.

Moviegoers that were left feeling cold or less than impressed by the first half of this summer movie season - Toy Story 3 being the big exception - will surely rejoice at Traver's announcement that Inception does not fail to meet expectations.  But will the general public flock to see a dark, intense film that asks them to actually use their brains during a time of year when most Hollywood pics require the exact opposite?

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Travers actually touches on that matter in his review with the following note:

Of course, trusting the intelligence of an 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.

But what do you think?  Will the masses turn out to see Inception if it is as mind-bendingly intelligent as Travers indicates it is?  Are you too excited to see the film to think about that right now?  Let your voice be heard in the comments section below.

Inception arrives in regular and IMAX theaters in the U.S. on July 16th, 2010.

Source: New York Post (via Jo Blo)

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