Inception of a dream

July 20, 2010, 8:25 PM GMT+0

New sci-fi thriller Inception has blown away viewers and movie critics alike this weekend, shooting up the TellYouGov leaderboard, peaking at a volume score of 197 in the past 24 hours, and netting an impressive sentiment score of 181. The movie is currently topping the box office in the US, and has grossed $60.4 million so far, with expectations high that it will do similarly well in the UK.

The film sees Hollywood mainstay Leonardo DiCaprio starring as Dom Cobb, a corporate spy who specialises in stealing ideas from people as they sleep. Branded as a fugitive because of his skill, he is granted one last chance to regain a normal life. Instead of stealing ideas, Cobb is asked to do the reverse: to plant an idea in someone’s head. But now the team must perform this dangerous task, up against an enemy that seems to monitor every move...

And the thriller, which also stars Oscar winner Marion Cottillard, Juno star Ellen Page and Jason Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer), has been overwhelmingly well received on the TellYouGov leaderboard. Comments, or ‘tygs’, have been almost entirely positive, with one calling it ‘mind-blowingly awesome’, another lauding it as ‘really original’ and ‘utterly amazing’, while another simply asked ‘is this the best film ever?’.

Director Christopher Nolan (of acclaimed films Dark Knight and Memento) has also come in for a lot of praise from tyggers, who describe him as ‘amazing’; ‘one of the best directors around’.

However, a few negative tygs have appeared, with most criticising the media hype surrounding the release. One disappointed tygger commented: ‘Don’t believe the hype. Flawed logic at play here’, while another lamented that the film ‘built up expectations but was really quite disappointing’. However, others disagree, tygging that the film was ‘worthy of the hype’ and that it was ‘the best movie [they’ve] ever seen’.

With Academy Award nomination rumours now circulating, a high sentiment score and a flood of positive reviews, Inception looks set to see dream scores for some time to come.

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