It still baffles me that many so-called experts and analysts in the movie industry believe that Inception’s financial success was a fluke. I am not sure how a fluke comes in the size of an $823 million dollar box office return. Because toys and video games (although Christopher Nolan has expressed interest in developing a video game) were not an option for supplementary income were among the reasons why some predicted box-office failure. Of course this theory was entirely wrong, for audiences wanted a challenge to keep up with the storyline. Furthermore, I believe that the marketing team at Warner Bros. used reverse psychology for audiences to flock to theaters to see this film that was deemed over the comprehension level of the average viewer. The King’s Speech may have won the Best Picture Oscar, however Inception will be the film that is studied at film schools, re-assessed by critics, discussed on podcasts, and selected for preservation once it is eligible. This may be one of the most clichéd movie review statements of all time, but Inception has everything we go to movies to see: Great story, acting, set locations, and incredible special effects. The latter aspect was inspired by but yet exceeded the cinematic worlds of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner.
Now considering all of the aforementioned and countless articles in regards to this great film, should Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures go ahead with a sequel or some other type of spin-off story? For the vast majority of Nolan fans would say “hell no” and want this unbelievably talented writer/director/producer to work on other original projects. Yet the suits at the studio would want another profitable mini-franchise on their hands, especially with Harry Potter ending, and The Batman Trilogy coming to its final chapter. Purely for entertainment value and moviegoer speculation, consider the following scenarios from bloggers and Cinematic Impact.
- Rumors spread that a group of people managed to pull off Inception, and middle-eastern terrorists soon catch onto the idea and plan to perform Inception on world leaders, forcing them to dissolve law and order.”
- A prequel that explains the origins and original use of the PASIV-devise. Was it always in briefcase form? Was it originally engineered by a prestigious University and Department of Defense to simulate battle scenarios for military members?
- Will Ariadne, Eames, and Arthur return to counter a team of extractors that are trying to undo what Cobb has done on previous extracting missions?
These ideas and more are not terrible ideas, yet they are cliché’ and rather redundant in comparison to what Nolan has already accomplished. Nolan labored 9-10 years on Inception’s script and it certainly shows. I had a person once tell me that they thought that Inception was okay at best, and thought that the movie was weak if you took away the “layers” aspect of the film. Hmmm...let’s see. Let’s just take away the 30-minute D-Day landing from Saving Private Ryan. How about doing away with Andy Dufrene’s daring escape in The Shawshank Redemption? The entire movie and especially the “layers” concept are so complex that it seems as though it should have appeared in a well-written sequel. Yet Nolan introduced a worldwide audience to action and dramatic scenes hosted within three dreams (four including limbo state) in a stand-alone film. And in our humble opinion it should remain stand-alone. Here is Cinematic Impact’s suggestion for an Inception continuation if it must happen. Since Time Warner owns HBO, have a mini-series based on Inception. And in the tradition of Band of Brothers, cut no corners in the budget and institute a fierce marketing campaign. The mini-series allows a longer period to tell an origin or spin-off story to its fullest capacity. Give the series a name in the tradition of the animated short: Inception: The Cobol Job. Furthermore Blu-Ray and DVD sales would be phenomenal. Hardy is no stranger to large-scale television, for he was in Band of Brothers. I just can’t foresee a better or equal film in cinemas.
Why am I bringing this up now? Nolan is my favorite filmmaker and as much as I love his (and only Nolan’s) Batman series, I want to explore the possibilities of his other future projects. I have been a huge advocate for his resurrecting of the Howard Hughes project based off of Michael Drosnin’s Citizen Hughes. There have been talks of him directing The Twilight Zone and a Blade Runner sequel. The latter two notions have already been proven false, so once again we are back to pure speculation. However speculation is fun in the world of online journalism. Ultimately I just want to explore the best movie of the 21st century.