A new trailer for Christopher Nolan's Inceptionhas hit Apple trailers. We get trippy shots of an entire city bending in on itself. We get a lot of gravity defying escapades. We get a great deal of star Leonardo DiCaprio looking very, very concerned. And it all looks gorgeous, surreal and completely unlike something you'd see in a trailer for a tentpole summer release from a major studio.
So, um, what exactly is Inception about? Apparently it takes place in "the architecture of the mind" and "your mind is the scene of the crime." The ever-helpful IMDB lays this shocking tidbit at our feet:
"A CEO-type becomes involved in a blackmailing scandal. "
Nolan and WB are keeping their cards close to their chest on this one. Knowing Nolan's penchant for surprise and mystery, it's both expected and entirely welcome, not to mention a refreshing change of pace from marketing that encapsulates the entire plot of a movie into two and a half minutes. Nolan tackling an original science fiction film (undoubtedly his post-Dark Knight thank you gift from WB) is more than enough reason to be excited. Let's not forget that when he's not making his Batman adventures, Nolan is making great films like The Prestige, Insomnia and Memento. The guy has chops beyond the superhero scene and anytime he takes anything on, people of good taste have reason to celebrate.
Yeah...but what's it about?
Frivolous question. I'm going to see it and you're going to see it and if they keep pushing this as being from the director of The Dark Knight, your mother, father and cousin will probably see it too. DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Tom Berenger, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and presumably just about every other awesome actor out there will be solving architectural mind mysteries on July 16th, 2010.