Early ‘Inception’ Reviews: You’ll Need to See It Twice
Everyone knows that the secret to true box office success—the kind of success that separates a hit from a phenomenon—is multiple viewings. Ask James Cameron, he’ll tell you. Christopher Nolan knows it too, which is probably why he made Inception, the most complicated big-budget movie ever. We haven’t seen it yet, but early reviews (besides being overwhelmingly positive) indicate that Nolan’s sci-fi epic is like an orange with really, really thick skin: You won’t be able to peel apart the whole thing after just one sitting, so if you want to get at that juicy goodness that lies at the center, you’ll need to see it again, to keep peeling. See what we mean? If that didn’t make sense, read it again. A sampling of reviews, after the jump.
Empire: Only repeat viewing will reveal if this comparison is truly justified, but it feels like Stanley Kubrick adapting the work of the great sci-fi author William Gibson (Neuromancer)—except Nolan appears to like people more than the 2001 auteur.
Anne Thompson: When it opens July 16, this eye-popping film will wow moviegoers all over the world—its complexities will only encourage debate and repeat viewings—and should also score well with critics and year-end awards groups.
Box Office Magazine: Matrix-style business should be in order, even though audiences will have to pay strict attention to get the full experience (perish the thought). Simplistic moviegoers who like their blockbusters cooked in predictability may not get it but Nolan fans and those who like their action married to new ideas will flock to multiplexes for repeated viewings.
CHUD: The ending isn’t intended to shock or stun but to pull together the pieces, while sending the audience out discussing the larger meanings and contexts of what they’ve just seen. And it’s a film that will reward mightily on future viewings.
Cinematical: Ultimately, Nolan’s is probably not the kind of movie that should be written about after just one viewing, and shouldn’t be viewed even once with any preconceptions or expectations, sky-high as I may have made them for folks who read this far.
Joblo: At 148 minutes, INCEPTION is hardly a quick film but it moves with such speed and efficiency that you never “feel” the length. Even when it’s over, the movie stays with you, begging for conversation, discussion, debate and, eventually, another viewing.
Awards Daily: If you don’t follow all this, join the club. It will perhaps take multiple viewings of these multiple dream states to extract all the logic and regulations. (At least that’s what the filmmakers hope.)