Christopher Nolan Talks Inception
01.15.10 by Ryan
We're now two trailers in, and still no one can make sense of what Christopher Nolan's thriller Inception is really going to be about. The movie is purported to focus on the "architecture of the mind," and with the trailers showing gravity-defying fistfights and cities folding together, it's clear Inception is no ordinary thriller. Nolan told the LA Times that one of Inception's influences comes from a certain famous British spy.
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.
Nolan and his crew "globe-trotted" the movie to six different countries, all to help build a movie Nolan's wife and Inception producer Emma Thomas called both "personal" and "enormous." When the movie's premise is described as "corporate espionage by way of dream invasion," Thompson's description seems about right. The task of making such a complex movie was daunting for even Nolan.
This is the biggest challenge I've taken on to this point. 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.