Published: 08/11/2010 by Dianne Salcedo

It isn’t a surprise if the majority of your friends and family have already seen Inception, or if you’ve already had a lengthy debate about the film’s components with your co-workers and officemates. After topping the box office two weekends in a row upon its premiere, Inception proves to be one of this summer’s heavy-hitting blockbusters.

The red carpet premiere of Christopher Nolan’s original film was held on the evening of July 13, 2010 in Los Angeles at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Being a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and ElIen Page (yes, all three), I decided to attend the premiere in hopes of getting a good glance at the actors of the film. End result—I was truly satisfied.

The short, black limousines began to sweep in within 10-minute increments, with the arrival of cast members, production personnel, Christopher Nolan himself, and other celebrity guests.  I, along with a large group of fans and bystanders, stood behind a barricade across the street, while event workers directed traffic and closed off the remainder of Hollywood Boulevard.

As soon as Leonardo DiCaprio arrived and stepped out of his limo, he eagerly ran across the street to greet fans, sign autographs, and shake hands. In comparison to other cast members, he made the most effort in interacting with the public. Other cast members who I was able to see up-close included Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, and Ken Watanabe. It’s needless to say that all of the latter, including Page and Gordon-Levitt, stopped by to greet fans as well. All were very friendly and looked happy to be there.

The bold, thunderous Inception soundtrack music blaring through the outdoor speakers only made the event more enjoyable and experiential. As soon as the film hit theaters at 12am of July 16th, I watched it with a close group of friends. Every one of us enjoyed it. In essence, I ended up viewing it a second time to fully analyze the plot and catch anything I might have missed the first time around. Judging again from the box office numbers, it’s safe to say that many people are doing the same.

If you have yet to see Inception by Christopher Nolan, you may be missing out on some original insight, and not to mention, something to talk about with your friends at work on Monday morning.


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