The director behind the enormously successful Batman adventure, The Dark Knight, will return to the big screen in a week with the promising thriller Inception.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a crook who helps people hide valuable information in their own subconscious - just to turn around and steal it.
This summer has felt lackluster, to say the least. I remember looking in the spring at the slate of films set to launch in the summer months and only picking out a handful that looked worthwhile. Iron Man 2 failed to meet the standard its predecessor set. I planned on seeing (at the risk of losing credibility) The A-Team , mostly for the laughs, but didn't bother. Toy Story 3 proved to be a decent Pixar film, but there was hope it wouldn't be all that gloomy. And it turned out to be an extra-dark bookend for the series.
But Inception seems to remedy all of that.
The trailer hints at a similar and stirring score that was heard in the Batman films. Hopefully it will won't be overbearing or meddlesome.
DiCaprio looks poised to be the intelligent, enjoyable action star this summer. The supporting cast is quality, too. Surprise, surprise Michael Caine is in another Nolan film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, of (500) Days of Summer and 10 Things I hate About You, (I'm going to pretend that the live-action G.I. Joe movie never happened. NEVER HAPPENED.) looks like he'll lend an intriguing layer to the film.
Perhaps the best part of all of this, is it appears Nolan formed an exceptional combination of the summer movie spectacle and intelligent film-making. Look at the trailer and watch the world of dreams around DiCaprio fall to pieces and try to argue the film looks no less than exciting and cerebral.
Add that all up, and it's clear that Inception has a great chance of breathing life back into this slump of a movie season. Nolan is "not afraid to dream big."