July 19th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
Moviegoers have clearly been starved for thought-provoking cinema: The opening-weekend chatter for “Inception” has been nonstop as amateur critics and film fans analyze Christopher Nolan’s work to the “nth” degree.
The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a thief who extracts ideas from dreams and is challenged to implant thoughts rather than take them, is still sitting high in Twitter’s trending topics as viewers rave about it being one of the best they’ve seen in quite a while.
“It’s like ‘Ocean's 11’ and the ‘Matrix’ had a baby, and that baby met the baby of ‘Memento’ and ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,’ and those two babies had a baby and that baby is ‘Inception,’” Jacques explained. If you didn’t catch all that, the commenter warns that “the rabbit hole that ‘Inception’ presents may go down too deep for you.”
Indeed, the layers of subconscious Nolan presents were enough to either entrance viewers or confuse them to the point of wanting to see the movie again. As Twitter user Frigbie said of the film, "The last time I had my mind so fervently blown at a movie theater was 'The Matrix.' The last half hour was absolute precision." Some folks said they'll need to see the movie two or three more times to truly grasp it, and it's a move Marquee blog commenter Pierre Caron supports, saying, "If you didn't understand this movie, watch it a couple times..its worth it."
Nolan has the movie reviewers still mulling the film over as well. EW.com has a (careful, spoiler-laden) query about the movie's conclusion, as does Techland.com, which plaintively asks, “Couldn't this whole thing be a dream? The entire film – from minute one to the end? Is Christopher Nolan just screwing with us?”
The buzz has escalated to the point that those at home with kids today are trying to find babysitters, just so they can see what the fuss is about it. One Twitter user may even forgo the sitter altogether, tweeting, “Ok can't find a babysitter so she's gonna have to come see inception with me!”
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