Chris Nolan Says Inception is the Biggest Movie He's Ever Made

January 13, 2010
Source: Hero Complex


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!

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Every time I see this trailer, I'm reminded of Satoshi Kon's PAPRIKA... which isn't exactly a bad thing. Can't wait!

Jeff on Jan 13, 2010


This movie is my most anticipated film of 2010 BAR NONE!

harm on Jan 13, 2010


well, technically, TIME is the 4th dimension. But i think he was speaking figuratively. If you look at the context, he's talking about how big the movie will be. So he's just using the 4th dimension as a way of saying itll be a huge film, in sense of its psychological depth.

talli on Jan 13, 2010


You are wrong Alex. This movie IS coming out in IMAX.

Ryan on Jan 13, 2010


Nolan is such an innovative filmmaker who consistently lights creative fires under the ass of Hollywood. Let's see if I'm getting this correctly: A completely original idea that he wrote, directed and produced. One of the coolest young casts ever assembled. Showing in Imax. AND, it's apparently "bigger than TDK." How is Inception not the #1 anticipated film of 2010? I seriously have a feeling that Inception is going to change how movies are made, like Avatar, and will get Nolan that Best Director Oscar.

Barrett on Jan 13, 2010


Do we know if he's using IMAX cameras on this one? Please God say yes /crosses fingers

Keith on Jan 13, 2010


Not that hard to understand Alex. Mind spies, we are looking at some Ghost in the Shell level of stuff. They "rob" people in their minds, which is the "4th" dimension. Bigger budget than Dark Knight? Sounds like Warners is just throwing him money so he gets WB another billion hit by making Batman 3.

Darunia on Jan 13, 2010


#4 - Thank you. I totally agree, except for the Oscar thing. Because let's face it; the Oscars are irrelevant.

Shane on Jan 13, 2010


I hope it doesn't become one of those projects where the idea is so personal that it overrides any semblance of logic or story. We can get so lost in our ideas that we forget we have a story to tell. As for this "biggest movie ever" quote, I mean...that's not as impressive of a statement as it first sounds. The Dark Knight wasn't exactly known for its effects or ambitious filmmaking. It was known for Heath Ledger's performance. You know? The only thing that interest me about this movie right now is how little we know about it. Sooner or later the story will come out though, and we'll see if this isn't a 200 million dollar art film or something really worthy of a wide audience.

Switch on Jan 13, 2010


I can't fucking wait for this movie. Bigger than TDK?? If I recall, TDK was the biggest movie of all time!!! Holy shit, I hope this lives up to the billing that Nolan is giving it. Chris Nolan is one of my favorite directors, and I love all of his movies. His plots are so original and sophisticated, like in Memento and Insomnia, he one of the most creative and instrumental directors in Hollywood today. I wouldn't be surprised if this movie gets Avatar-type hype to it.

Aaron on Jan 13, 2010


@9 I think what they mean by personal is that it is something that he genuinely wants to do, not something he has been asked to do. His last four movies have been two comic book movies, a remake, and an adaptation. This movie is completely his with his ideas and his personal backing. He hasn't been able to do something like this since Memento. Also you can't say that The Dark Knight was not an expansive movie because in reality it had some of the largest and most impressive practical effects to date. He basically shut down parts of Chicago to shoot it and made a trip to Hong Kong. I can't wait for this movie. We all know what Nolan can do as far as a story goes and now he has the budget and the backing to create a film bigger than The Dark Knight. This is gonna rock.

Jordan on Jan 13, 2010



Wylles on Jan 13, 2010


His biggest movie yet! Can't wait!

Governor on Jan 13, 2010


I agree with #9 I have complete faith in Nolan as an great and epic film maker. However, it seems that many of his fans are using the greatness that came from the dark knight as a hype tool for this movie. Don't get me wrong, this movie could be the next biggest hit of all time and be praised by every critic that sees it. But just the same, at this point its as if people are getting ready to buy a house they haven't actually been in yet; all they did was look at a picture of it. We know almost nothing of the movie other than the fact that is uses a dark ambiance and scale similar to that of the dark knight. This film looks to be a very deep one with intense characters and an intense story. That however does not equal box office gold, it also doesn't mean it will be universally loved by critics or the public. You just have to look at the simple differenes thus far. Batman is a widely known and enjoyed character and is also very marketable. From a business perspective; as long as its treated with respect you should have a hit, which the films have been. Same goes for practically all the 25 top grossing films of all time. This movie seems to be notably different. So, it may work and it may not. I'm pulling for nolan because i know what mastery he can conjure. But if you look at things from an outside perspective, you are looking at a totally different animal than the dark knight, so you may not see the same results.

Mike on Jan 13, 2010


I haven't watched any trailers or read anything about this film. I want to be completely surprised when I see this beast.

wm on Jan 13, 2010


I can't see how this movie can fail you got the director who has yet to make even close to a bad film and the cast is amazing and the concept from the little we know about it yeah no question top movie of 2010 sorry Ironman.

CLAW on Jan 13, 2010


I'll go out on a limb and say this will be the best movie Nolan has made so far this decade.

Chuck Norris on Jan 13, 2010


It would be awesome to see this movie in 3D. You know, four dimensions, 3D. Never mind.

Robbie on Jan 14, 2010


Wow! I was already super excited to see this movie, but after this article I am confident this movie will amaze. So far Nolan has made only great films. and I love the fact that all of his movie's trailers never give away too much. Unlike a lot of others. July couldn't seem further away!! Damnit!! Please no 3D. It worked well when the story was secondary in Avatar. But Nolan has always put substance above style, I Love this guy.

theotherbluth on Jan 14, 2010


"even if it's not in IMAX or in 3D, but with Chris Nolan, who cares about that." Because a Nolan movie doesn't need bright colors and 3D for everyone to enjoy it, like Avatar.

branden on Jan 14, 2010


This movie is far bigger than I expected. That makes me even more excited.

1-7 on Jan 14, 2010


I agree with # 14 completely. I do wish this film the best of luck, as the Dark Knight was a very good film, but lots of hype can easily ruin a film (Watchmen for an example was hailed to be the next Dark Knight, didn't even come close).

Julian on Jan 14, 2010


Well, my dickcheese, and that of many hobo's, is the 5th dimension.

Harry The Spammer on Jan 23, 2010


#7 - Darunia, #9 - Switch, #14 - Mike, #22 - Julian

SlashBeast on Feb 15, 2010


#9 Heaths performance was awesome, and he did add his own twist to it, but nolan had him do all of that, and just like nobody ever said Heath would be a perfect choice for the joker when he got announced to the role, im sure theres a couple of other actors out there we would have loved just as much. I mean the ending of TDK was perfect, Harvey was probably the best CREATIVE comic to film adaptation, nolan went into the realm of us comic geeks, changed alot of stuff, and impressed us. I have all my faith in him!

Snake on May 15, 2010

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