What's on the minds of everyone in the film world right now? Where in the hell is the teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's "Inception," said to screen in front of "Inglorious Basterds" today. Though some first-hand IMDB reports today say that no "Inception," trailer appeared at the beginning of their 'Basterds' experience, we've been hit with two different reactions, one from Playlist contrib Jonathan Helm and one from a compatriot in Canada, and both saw the trailer for Nolan's latest in front of it. Let's start with Helm's experience, straight from Indiana:
"Well, it certainly has more to it than the 'The Dark Knight' teaser trailer from last year (since there is actually footage) but it's prolly the same length (can't be more than a minute) and does exactly what a teaser should do, and that's tease (or titillate in this case). Overall, the thing has the dark vibe to it like all of Christopher Nolan's work, and just seems very adult. Even if it turns out to have a plot like 'Paycheck' or some lesser sci fi films, it doesn't seem like it, similar to how 'The Dark Knight' glossed over the fact that it is a comic book film, by taking itself so seriously.
It starts with an affected WB logo, then goes to footage of a dreidel spinning. Shows a closeup of Leonardo DiCaprio (who looks way cooler than he does in "Shutter Island"...more like Ethan Hawke in "Gattacca") and has words, 'from Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight.' It then cuts to footage above a city (very 'Dark Knight,' Michael Mann-esque) and then says something about the biggest battle taking place in the mind. Then comes the money shot of the trailer, with Leo DiCaprio fighting another guy in a hallway and they are flying all over the place as if gravity keeps changing directions on them (very 'Matrix'-esque, but looks quite good; was surprised to see effects shots completed). The soundtrack is really great (it's 'TDK's Hans Zimmer once again), with major bass booming at a very pulsated rate. Then the title comes up and Summer 2010.
It gave me goosebumps anyway, and made up for the big 'Avatar' letdown. Chris Nolan is officially a genius now in my opinion."Whoa, hold the phone there Jonathan, big words! Clearly someone was impressed though, so we're looking forward to it.
The report from our pal Eric in Canada is a lot more terse, but it does say a few things Jonathan's piece doesn't.
"It looks super suspenseful, and it was highlighted with Dicaprio on a plane having what looked like a clutter of hallucinations with this crazed and action-filled 'Matrix' running thing happens."Not sure what that last part means, but it's interesting to hear the word hallucination, as this puppy does take place WITHIN THE MIND! That tagline kinda cracks us up.
Another Playlist contrib simply writes, "It's very Leo heavy" and it doesn't appear that any other actors in the film, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine or Tom Hardy are shown. We're sure the full teaser will be online soon enough and when it is, we'll probably just add it to this post.