This week At the Movies, Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers explores the captivating dreamscape Inception, written and directed by The Dark Knight‘s Christopher Nolan. Travers says Inception is like “being lost in a dream world,” where people hired by corporations invade your dreams to exploit your thoughts. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Dom Cobb — who has been hired to implant, rather than extract, information into one target’s dreams — alongside a “dream team” of all-star actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno‘s Ellen Page, Bronson‘s Tom Hardy and more.
Inception is a mind-bending thriller that finds DiCaprio having to choose between staying in his dreams (where his wife, played by Marion Cotillard resides) or in reality. Some moviegoers have complained that the film is “too complicated,” but Travers advises those people man up: This is like The Matrix for its ability to combine action with intellect. “This is a smart movie in the dumbest summer ever,” Travers says.
A summer made dumber this weekend by the arrival of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a terrible live-action, full-length version of the magical Fantasia segment. This time, it’s actor Jay Baruchel playing the role once held by Mickey Mouse, and Nicholas Cage as the Sorcerer. Skip it, and see Inception.