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Posted at 2:08 PM ET, 05/13/2010

Battle of the movie trailers: 'Inception' vs. 'Adjustment Bureau'

By Jen Chaney

In what may be the hottest psychological-thriller battle of 2010, new previews for both Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated "Inception" and the Matt Damon drama "The Adjustment Bureau" recently debuted online. And weirdly, though the films are clearly different, their trailers share a number of things in common.

In this corner, we have the latest, lengthiest trailer for "Inception" (in theaters July 16), which gives us quick-cut glimpses of a super-stressed-out Leonardo DiCaprio; a possibly doomed romance between DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard; vaguely sci-fi themes about stealing from the subconscious of others; a glass-smashing car crash and an epic building collapse; Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing some pseudo-"Matrix"y stuff with a bunch of levitating guys; and a pervasive paranoid vibe that's been cranked up to 11.

And in the other corner, there's "The Adjustment Bureau" (coming Sept. 17), which shows us images of a super-stressed-out Matt Damon; a possibly doomed romance between Damon and Emily Blunt; vaguely sci-fi themes about an organization that watches people and prevents them from having free will; a major car crash, and a bunch of dudes in fedoras standing on top of a tall building; John Slattery doing some pseudo-"Matrix"y stuff that involves controlling Damon's movements with a flick of his finger; and a pervasive paranoid vibe that's been cranked up to 11.

So which one are you most excited to see? Personally, I'm intrigued by both, but "Inception," with its stunning visuals and the seemingly infallible Nolan behind it, wins out for me. But what do you think?

By Jen Chaney  | May 13, 2010; 2:08 PM ET
Categories:  Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Movie Trailers, Movies, Summer Movies  
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