Posted on Saturday, February 6th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Is Christopher Nolan‘s Inception going to be a gigantic mindfuck? In a recent interview with the Inquirer (not Enquirer), star Leonardo DiCaprio talked about what it was like working on the film, even though he (and the other cast/crew) didn’t always understand what was going on, even while they were filming:
The material and its complexity are what I’m attracted to…I’ve been lucky to work with people who want to tell stories that hit on different cylinders simultaneously. ‘Shutter Island’ is definitely that. ‘Inception’ is the same. It is Chris delving into dream psychoanalysis and, at the same time, making a high-octane, surreal film that came from his mind. He wrote the entire thing, and it all made sense to him. It didn’t make sense to many of us when we were doing it. We had to do a lot of detective work (laughing) to figure out what the movie was about.
Is there a chance that Inception could be more crazy than Nolan’s Memento? I hope so. Nolan has recently admitted that Inception is “expansive, I suppose you’d say, in four dimensions,” and that it is “the biggest challenge” he’s taken on so far.
The film’s logline is “a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind.” The rumored plot claims Inception is about entering peoples’ minds/dreams. A technology to do so has been developed and is done through an injection. DiCaprio and his team supposedly work to enter the minds of other characters in order to steal/plant information.
Inception features Leonardo DiCaprio as Jacob, a CEO-type, Marion Cotillard (La Vie en rose, Public Enemies) as his wife, Ellen Page (Juno) as a young college grad student named Ariadne, who is also DiCaprio’s sidekick, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Arthur, an associate working for DiCaprio. Ken Watanabe will play the film’s villain, a man named Saito, who is blackmailing DiCaprio’s character. Tom Hardy (Bronson) plays Eames, a member of DiCaprio’s team. Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, Sunshine) plays Fischer and Michael Caine is also involved. Inception hits theaters on July 16th 2010.
Thanks to /Film reader Shane T for the tip.