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Old July 6 2010, 04:26 PM   #16
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Re: Early "Inception" Reviews

It may be a good movie but I'm unsure if its going to be a financial break out of summer.

1-Its not for the teen set, which they are trying to attract by saying, "From Director of Dark Knight"

2-Toy Story 3, Twilight and Airbender are still going to be challenges to overcome.

3-It may be misplaced counterprogramming for the "popcorn mindless" set of summer. A better Fall release perhaps?
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Old July 6 2010, 05:30 PM   #17
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It may be a good movie but I'm unsure if its going to be a financial break out of summer.
Fortunately I'm not a studio executive and so don't care.
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Old July 6 2010, 05:53 PM   #18
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It may be a good movie but I'm unsure if its going to be a financial break out of summer.
Fortunately I'm not a studio executive and so don't care.
Well Entertainment Weekly the forums at BOM seem to think it can or will be this big money maker. A fair amount of BOM regulars are Nolan-atics.
I just don't see it.
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Old July 6 2010, 06:21 PM   #19
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Cinema doesn't get much purer than INCEPTION.
Inception is a masterpiece.
...suffice it to say that "Inception" is an exhilarating cinematic experience
Eh. Might give it a rental.


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Though seriously, this was about the only big Hollywood movie coming out this summer that looked even the slightest bit good (aside from Pixar's latest offering). So you can count this down as my second film of the summer, as I've both seen and enjoyed Toy Story 3. Nolan is mostly someone who does well by me; he's pretty much able to craft the sort of summer blockbuster that we should have as standard - stuff that's fast and exciting but also with interesting characters and narratives.

Also what little I've heard of the film implies it's some sort of mindscrew... I love those.

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It may be a good movie but I'm unsure if its going to be a financial break out of summer.
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2-Toy Story 3, Twilight and Airbender are still going to be challenges to overcome.
All signs point to the last being a dud of M. Night Shyalaman porportions; though point taken about the first two. Inception may well be a film that isn't very popular or accessible... but then again, Nolan is also good at making films that sound like they'd play to five people in a deserted arthouse fairly popular; considering the high concept nature of say, Memento.
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Old July 6 2010, 06:31 PM   #20
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I can't wait for it, and these reviews only bolster that feeling I've had since seeing the Trailers.
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Old July 6 2010, 06:50 PM   #21
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It may be a good movie but I'm unsure if its going to be a financial break out of summer.
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2-Toy Story 3, Twilight and Airbender are still going to be challenges to overcome.
All signs point to the last being a dud of M. Night Shyalaman porportions; though point taken about the first two. Inception may well be a film that isn't very popular or accessible...
Some people are saying this but it seems to be those who haven't seen its take. In 5 days its made $70m on a $150m budget, it'll be over $100m by next Monday. Hardly a dud. It seems the only signs people see are the bad reviews that aren't actually stopping moviegoers from attending.

I'll be curious to see how Inception does. I can't say I'm eager to rush out to it though. Nolan hasn't had a huge commerical hit that didn't have the protaganist in a cowl. Outside of Titanic, Leo hasn't had a $200m hit. This movie will either be a perfect storm that ignores those trends or it follows suit. I'm leaning on the latter.
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Old July 6 2010, 07:05 PM   #22
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Those are very encouraging reviews. I am officially stoked.

But I must admit--all this talk of 'devilish complexity' makes me fear for this film's commercial success.

Who releases a devilishly complex movie in the summer?
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Old July 6 2010, 08:08 PM   #23
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Who releases a devilishly complex movie in the summer?
Awesome people, clearly.

Though really I'd like to think that if anything that's a needed corrective to the summer lineup. Nolan is very good at making smart fun - Memento could have been a dry puzzle, but it isn't. If anyone could pull off that sort of idea, it'd probably be him.

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Some people are saying this but it seems to be those who haven't seen its take. In 5 days its made $70m on a $150m budget, it'll be over $100m by next Monday. Hardly a dud. It seems the only signs people see are the bad reviews that aren't actually stopping moviegoers from attending.
That's fair enough. But M. Night Shyalaman isn't exactly a review-proof director, unlike the Transformers and Twilight franchises... but then again, maybe the cartoon franchise his film is part of has similar legs. I'd hardly know.
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Old July 6 2010, 09:29 PM   #24
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I'm extremely looking forward to Inception. In my opinion Chris Nolan hasn't made a bad movie yet, and furthermore -- and this is what's really exciting -- is that he keeps on getting better and better.

I'm not that worried about the box office of Inception, not that is really matters anyway. Even if this movie bombs -- which I highly doubt it will -- Nolan is still pretty much locked as director for Batman 3 given the monumental success of The Dark Knight. The only thing that will be detrimental is to WB, obviously, who invested in the film, and Nolan, who might have to make smaller movies if Inception doesn't do well, but hell, I don't think that would be much of a problem either, as Nolan's smaller movies are usually his most interesting.

Inception looks like it might be the ultimate Chris Nolan movie -- packing the intelligence and plot experimentation/sophistication of his earlier movies like Memento and The Prestige with the big-budget awesomeness of the Batman movies. My hope is that if Inception does well, Nolan will truly be given cart blanche and we'll start seeing even more intellectual blockbusters. After an abysmal summer, we definitely need them.

I don't see Toy Story 3, The Last Airbender or Twilight as threats. Toy Story 3 has been out for a while and while it'll still do progressively big business, the "awe" factor has been diminished since it's been out for a while. The Last Airbender received some truly horrendous reviews, and even worse -- a fan backlash -- so I think it'll dip poorly next weekend. Twilight is also showing signs of weakening as a franchise since it didn't open to expectations, and I see that movie fading relatively quickly to make way for new blockbusters, like Inception.

It'll be tough to see whether or not Inception will be a true box office smash, but with these immeasurably incredible reviews mounting up, and the fact that this is the director of the third highest grossing film of all time, I don't think we have to worry about the prospects of Inception. At all.
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Old July 6 2010, 09:46 PM   #25
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Siiiiigh, it's gonna be a long gonna be a long 10 days.
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Old July 6 2010, 11:59 PM   #26
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I think Inception will do perhaps 200 million domestic. But as others have said the box office on this film does not matter. It is not looking to set up a franchise. And with the overwhelmingly positive reviews coming in it appears that it will not hurt Nolan's reputation in any way. WB will still give him the next Batman and the creative control he wants.
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Old July 7 2010, 01:03 AM   #27
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Inception looks like it might be the ultimate Chris Nolan movie -- packing the intelligence and plot experimentation/sophistication of his earlier movies like Memento and The Prestige with the big-budget awesomeness of the Batman movies. My hope is that if Inception does well, Nolan will truly be given cart blanche and we'll start seeing even more intellectual blockbusters. After an abysmal summer, we definitely need them.
It definitely reminds me of "The Dark Knight" just stick Batman in the movie and have Leo be revealed as the Mad Hatter.

-The Asian monastery
-Giant action piece with a run away vehicle(Train this time)
-The colors
-The way characters move around their surrounding.

"I am impressed"

That scene at the end of the Tv spot with a guy firing a gun into the air.
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Old July 7 2010, 02:39 AM   #28
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Thank gort. We need another decent movie this summer. Pixar can't do it all.
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Old July 7 2010, 03:09 AM   #29
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Pixar's version of "Inception"?

You've got a friend in my head.
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Old July 7 2010, 03:15 AM   #30
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Thank gort. We need another decent movie this summer. Pixar can't do it all.
QFT. I am shocked at how slim the selection is this summer. Three movies to choose from? And I will never be desperate enough to sit through another Twilight movie. The 45 minutes I wasted with the first one was enough for me. Something had to come along and save me from their latest pile of cinematic sick.
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