The New York Post is reporting that the new issue of Rolling Stone features the first review of Inception. Although the review by Peter Travers has yet to reach the magazine’s website, the New York Post provides an excerpt from the 3.5/4 star review:
The mind-blowing movie event of the summer arrives just in time to hold back the flow of Hollywood sputum that’s been sliming the multiplex. ‘Inception’…will be called many things, starting with James Bond Meets ‘The Matrix.’ You can feel the vibe of Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ in it, and Nolan’s own ‘Memento’ and ‘The Dark Knight.’ But ‘Inception’ glows with a blue-flame intensity all its own. Nolan creates a dream world that he wants us to fill with our own secrets. I can’t think of a better goal for any filmmaker. Of course, trusting the intelligence of the audience can cost Nolan at the box office. We’re so used to being treated like idiots. How to cope with a grand-scale epic, shot in six countries at a reported cost of $160 million, that turns your head around six ways from Sunday? Dive in and drive yourself crazy, that’s how.
For comparison purposes, Peter Travers gave Memento 4.5/5 stars, The Dark Knight and The Prestige 3.5/4, and Batman Begins and Insomnia 3/4. This is a great first review for Inception, although the box office concern feels genuine. Or perhaps he’s underestimating general audiences. Hopefully we’ll be able to read his full review within the next few days.