90 Years, 9 Days: 'Inception' (2010)


Christopher Nolan's "Inception" is a stunning achievement of the modern blockbuster era. It began mostly as a favor to Nolan from Warner Bros. to keep him happy enough to stick around for a third Batman movie, but what the director did with that one round of backscratching is create the kind of film we may not see for a long time.

"Inception" is an action movie, but it's one based on an idea, which is, — you probably know — is the most resilient parasite. But Nolan's idea for "Inception" wasn't a high-concept, poster-ready elevator pitch. To try to tell someone what "Inception" is about neither does justice to the plot nor really let that person know what "Inception" is about.

So Nolan has his concept. For there, he weaves a story that is not only accessible and engagement, but intelligent and nuanced in a way that many movie execs would call "giving the audience way too much credit."

The film is bold, ambitious, and a wonder to behold. The imagery embodies the kind of magic that raised a generation of filmmakers like Nolan, and its scale is rarely matched at today's multiplex — outside of Christopher Nolan movies.

Over the course of nine days, MTV Movies Blog will be traveling through cinematic time and the nine decades of movies featured in the "Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection." Each day, we'll review one film from one decade of the box set and taking a look back at the history of the studio.