Hollywood Movie Roundup: Buckle up for ‘Inception’



Finally, the wait is over.

Warner Bros.’ Leonardo DiCaprio headliner “Inception” directed by “Dark Knight’s” Christopher Nolan finally unspools in over 3,800 locations.

“Inception” follows Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) a master thief at stealing others’ dreams and a pivotal player in the world of corporate espionage. While he has become an international fugitive, he is given a shot at redeeming his life. Cobb and his team are given the chance to plant an idea in the subconscious of another person, pulling off the perfect crime. However, a larger dark power looms over Cobb.

The film cost $160 million and is expected to pull in anywhere from $45 to $60 million this weekend. Already, “Inception” has bagged $3 million from midnight showings at 2,000 theaters. “Inception” also stars Michael Caine, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

“Inception” has scored a wonderful 84% on the Tomatometer with top critics such as Justin Chang at Variety exclaiming “If movies are shared dreams, then Christopher Nolan is surely one of Hollywood’s most inventive dreamers.”


The second wide release of this weekend is Walt Disney’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” inspired by the Mickey Mouse vignette in “Fantasia.”

Getting a head start of “Inception,” “Apprentice” bowed on Wednesday and in its first two days at the B.O. has generated $7.1 million. The Jerry Bruckheimer production looks to make $30 million by Sunday.

“Apprentice” stars Nicolas Cage as an age-old sorcerer and Jay Baruchel as his protégé. The duo are fighting an arch-nemesis in modern day Manhattan, Maxim Horvath portrayed by Alfred Molina. Along the way, Baruchel’s Dave Stutler gets a crash course in magic and sorcery.

The director Jon Turteltaub who has worked with Cage and Bruckheimer on “the “National Treasure” franchise has reaped great B.O. success from creating family adventure features.

The big question is whether “Apprentice” has the legs to make its $150 million budget back.

“Apprentice” has scored a rotten rating of 40% on the Tomatometer with USA Today’s Claudia Puig blasting “The disjointed plot is a mélange of clichés with logic that feels conjured up on the spot. Magical legends are cobbled together as if by someone in Screenwriting 101. Or, as is the case here, by a half dozen writers, seemingly at cross purposes.”

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