John Landis, who has his possible comeback film Burke & Hare coming out soon, recently weighed in on Inception, saying it was a good film, but not that original. And he would know, he directed Blues Brothers 2000 and a Honey I Shrunk the Kids TV show.
Take a quote out of context and make a big deal about it, DigitalSpy:
Landis told Obsessed With Film: “Interestingly enough, Inception, which is wonderful, is not original. There have been a lot of movies like it.
“Remember Dreamscape? Oh, that’s bad special effects but almost the same movie. It’s Dennis Quaid, and Edward Albert is the president of the United States, and they insert him into his dreams.
“Don’t misunderstand me, I think Christopher Nolan is a wonderful director, it’s just I think he is yet to make a movie other than Memento that I thought was really original. It’s just very stylish.”
“More power to him. I like smart filmmakers and I think he’s great.”
Here’s a clip from 1984′s Dreamscape, starring Dennis Quaid, in case you wondered what that looked like:
A government funded project looks into using psychics to enter people’s dreams, with some mechanical help. When a subject dies in his sleep from a heart attack Alex Gardner becomes suspicious that another of the psychics is killing people in the dreams somehow and that is causing them to die in real life. He must find a way to stop the abuse of the power to enter dreams.
Yes, Inception is “like” a lot of movies. What I took from this is that John Landis is now officially the only person who remembers Dreamscape. Meanwhile, while you guys were discussing which movies were most original, Hollywood just hired new writers for Family Circus and a trilogy based on sliced bread.
I want more like this!
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