Inception: It's 'James Bond on Acid'
A visually stunning film about the stuff dreams are made of
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Jul 16, 2010 7:16 AM CDT
Marion Cotillard, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from "Inception."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Melissa Moseley)
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(Newser) Inception, a "James Bond-on-acid" take on dreams and dreaming is being hailed as a sleek, psychedelic summer blockbuster that makes up in daring what it lacks in heart. The critics agree Inception is bound to capture your imagination—and maybe even blow your mind:

  • Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: "Inception blends the blockbuster enormity of his Dark Knight with the indie insights of Memento." The result? A film that "makes most other summer films seem mediocre."
  • Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: "This is a popular entertainment with a knockout punch so intense and unnerving it'll have you worrying if it's safe to close your eyes at night."

  • Tom Long, Detroit News: "The most daring and original blockbuster of the year, as well as a visual tour de force. If it only had a heart."
  • A.O. Scott, The New York Times: Inception "trades in crafty puzzles rather than profound mysteries, and gestures in the direction of mighty philosophical questions that Mr. Nolan is finally too tactful, too timid or perhaps just too busy to engage."