[Update: Watch the trailer here!]
For me, the first two trailers for Christopher Nolan's Inception were beyond comprehension in terms of sheer wonderment. Finally, the third trailer has premiered in front of Iron Man 2 and it...is...glorious. The latest expands on all the mysteries and jaw-dropping visuals we've been aching to uncover. In addition, we've got a new poster, which finally includes Marion Cotillard (with a gun) along with the rest of the cast in front of an interesting surreal background.
The anticipation leading up to this third Inception trailer was near unbearable. But it was all worth it, if only for the look deeper inside the unfathomable world Christopher Nolan seems to have created. I honestly don't know what happened for the first couple minutes of Iron Man 2. It is that breathtaking. My theater gave a rousing applause and some people even stood up to clap.
For now in order to see the third Inception trailer you'll have to visit the film's viral site over at Mind Crime. The good people over at NolanFans.com first uncovered a secret: if you run into the movie theater in the digital city, your prize is a sneak peak at the new trailer.
Of course, if you don't have the time for viral games you can now watch this embedded trailer, courtesy of Trailer Addict:
Inception Trailer #3 Description [SPOILER ALERT]
The trailer kicks off with the recurring theme of water, which has been prevalent throughout all the footage shown. There are plenty of thoughts to take away from it. We know the synopsis of the movie and we'll get into the visuals in a moment, but there is a hell of a lot of heart.
One oft-heard criticism of Nolan's films are the cold and calculating nature of his characters. In some ways it is true, but there has been an underlying tone of emotion in his work. This trailer proves Inception will look into the depths of Dom Cobb's (Leo DiCaprio) heart. The line "I think I found a way home" tells a lot about the intentions of our main character. His "crimes" may be specifically geared towards reuniting with his wife, Marion Cotillard, whose relevance in the trailer seems nostalgic. I got a major Memento vibe from the slow-motion and apparently flashback scenes that were not only emotional, but completely overwhelming.
The music in the first two Inception trailers was phenomenal - simple, yet completely gripping, the music was rumored to be nothing of composer Hans Zimmer's work. Now, we get a new sound that one can only pray is a taste of the film's score. At one moment it is exciting and pulse-pounding, only to suddenly morph into an emotional melody.
If you got a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 vibe from the snowy mountain sequences, it was likely shared by gamers everywhere. The white camo rifle and gear clips show the scenes may be up close and personal before exploding into a powerful avalanche. One thing is certain: all hell will break loose.
Finally, the one moment of the trailer that gets your mind going is when DiCaprio claims "I have it under control." Not only are the ideas in Inception teetering on the border of control, but his disheveled look suggests the film will weave an intricate pattern of struggle and triumph. Yet, nothing has suggested anybody will get what they want. The third act is still a complete mystery.
As far as the visuals are concerned, they speak for themselves. Certain moments stand out - from the cliff-side city crumbling into the ocean to a room that resembles the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey. More than once, we are graced with hovering people (clearly in the dream state) attached to machines in a seemingly gravity-free environment. We've seen the low-gravity hallway fight in previous trailers, but this is something else entirely. On a similar note, Joseph Gordon-Levitt floating in an elevator shaft was one of the more intriguing elements of the relentless trailer.
As Gordon-Levitt puts it at the end of the amazing two minutes and thirty seconds, we all want to see "out of control." Inception looks to be precisely that, and all that remains is uncovering the story that intertwines the unbelievable visuals and a captivating cast.
The latest Inception poster immediately draws "oohs" and "ahhs" as people twist and turn their heads to figure it out. If ever an image has captured the essence of a movie that intends to twist and bend the minds of audiences, this is it. It instantly reminded me of surrealist art, especially the painting "Relativity" by M.C. Escher.
Ken Watanabe and Cillian Murphy both carry the suitcase which will hold the Pasiv Device for accessing dreams. Plenty of guns are being handled, but finally we get a glimpse of Marion Cotillard, who has been missing from much of the promotional campaign. Better yet, she sports a gun and looks darn deadly holding it. The image makes me itch for her as a Bond girl - a role she seems destined to play.
The entire film just seems like a surrealist painting set in the real world. There have been attempts before to portray the insane worlds created by legendary surrealists, like Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, for example. By implementing the same concept of bending realities and allowing the mind's endless imagination to explore its own interpretation of the world, Inception has found a way to captivate its audiences without giving away much of anything at all.
Leonardo DiCaprio and a star-studded cast will be a major draw at the box office, but if the film has legs it will be because of Christopher Nolan and his penchant for creating stories that are impossible to watch only once.
What do you think of the trailer and poster? Talk about what it all means in the comments section below since your jaws are surely still dropped, rendering you unable to speak.
Inception bends into theaters and IMAX on July 16th, 2010.