“Inception” was almost a horror film instead of science fiction
Eleven years after its theatrical release, Start arrived on Netflix in August. So now is the perfect time to revisit this film that rocked audiences and left its mark in the film industry.
More than a decade later, fans can’t agree on some important points about what happened at the end of the mind-boggling thriller. But many don’t know that the whole movie could have been different. Writer and director Christopher Nolan originally wrote the screenplay as a horror film.
A very original film
Start is one of those movies that people are still talking about years after its release. According to Mental Floss, it’s not just because no one can agree on what the ending means (Was it a dream? Was it real? Is Cobb dead?), but also because the plot is so complex.
The story unfolds through increasingly complex dream levels. Because much of this happens in dreams, Nolan intentionally made the scenes look surreal. During filming, even the actors sometimes had to look at the costumes to understand which part of the movie they were in.
“If in doubt, I could just look at my shoes and say, ‘Oh! I know what a dream I’m in, ”explained Tom Hardy, who played Eames.
To help everyone keep the different dream levels straight, they took place in different contexts. For example, one happened in the rain, the other in the snow and another was indoors at night.
Partly because of the complex storyline, Nolan was slow to bring his vision to the big screen. He just wasn’t sure he had enough experience to tackle such a complex project.
‘Inception’ was almost a horror movie
According to Web Film, Nolan first had the idea of Start in 2005. At the time, he had just finished Insomnia, which he also wrote and directed. Perhaps because he was still thinking about the dark nature of this project, he originally planned to write the new script as a horror movie.
He wrote a first draft of the film, but then decided he wasn’t ready to do the idea justice yet. He put the script aside and went on to work on three more blockbuster movies: Batman begins, Prestige, and The black Knight.
With this experience under his belt, Nolan returned to his original idea. He later explained that he was interested in “the idea of people sharing a dream space… It gives you the ability to access someone’s subconscious. What would it be for and for abuse? “
It took six months of rewriting and revising the script before it was ready to move forward with the project.
It has become an iconic part of cinema history
Nolan’s weird and gripping thriller about highly skilled thieves sneaking into people’s dreams has had a huge impact. It was the fourth highest grossing film of 2010. Many critics still rate it as one of the best films of that year.
Vox reports that the influence of Start was seen everywhere. He’s appeared in dozens of memes. Show as The simpsons and South Park parodies the movie. And to this day, people are still talking about what the ending really meant.
Ultimately, Nolan’s decision to take Start in another direction paid off. While the surreal and menacing feeling of the story would have worked well as a horror film, the thriller he created instead had a lasting impact.
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