Chris Nolan Says Inception is the Biggest Movie He's Ever Made
Bigger than The Dark Knight (which had a budget of $185 million)? Yep! "This is the biggest challenge I've taken on to this point," Christopher Nolan told Hero Complex. "We're trying to tell a story on a massive scale, a true blockbuster scale – the biggest I've ever been involved with. We tried to make a very large-scale film with The Dark Knight and with this one we wanted to push that even further." Sounds great, but what exactly is Inception about? Even Chris Nolan won't speak. "Is it an international thriller? A story of madness and lost love? Or Hollywood's very first metaphysical heist movie? The answer is 'all of the above.'" Huh?
What Nolan will talk about, however, are his inspirations and all of the ideas went into this new movie.
"I think we've put a lot of different things into the pot with this one," Nolan said. “I grew up watching James Bond films and loving those and watching spy movies with their globetrotting sensibility…. We get to do that here, not just geographically but also in time and dimensions of reality as well. We get to make a movie that's expansive, I suppose you'd say, in four dimensions.”
Wait, four dimensions?! What is he talking about? We've heard that Inception is supposed to be about dreams and Leonardo DiCaprio plays a CEO of a company who wants to steal some technology hidden in a dream (or something like that). So I guess that can be applied to four dimensions? To give us a little bit of perspective, Emma Thomas, who is Chris Nolan's wife and producer, chimes in with her thoughts on this.
"It's something that we had been talking about on and off for seven or eight years," Thomas said. "Coming off of the The Dark Knight, the only thing we really knew is that we wanted to do something more personal. It seemed like the right time to do this. The fact that it's really just an enormous movie -- that wasn't ever really a factor in the decision. This story lends itself to a movie of this size."
In the latest teaser trailer for Inception, we can already see Paris folding onto itself and a huge freight train barreling down the middle of the street in Los Angeles or Chicago (one of those two?). We've also heard that they shot in over six different countries, including Japan, England, and Canada. Of course, Mr. Nolan won't reveal any more of the plot and that means we've got to head to theaters on July 16th to actually get the full story. But it definitely sounds like we won't let down. And it sounds like it'll be worth the ticket price, even if it's not in IMAX or in 3D, but with Chris Nolan, who cares about that. I'm there for the story and the visuals!