Following, directed by Christopher Nolan (1998).
Score: Cool for a debut.
Something I really like about Christopher Nolan is that he gets better with every movie he makes. From Following to Interstellar, every one of his movies is better than the previous one. In Following, Nolan’s feature-length debut, the protagonist is a young aspiring writer who gets used to following strangers around. Everything changes when he starts following Cobb, a suit-wearing burglar.
All the ingredients are already there: dialogue-driven action, thieves, deception, non-linear narration. Needs a bit of an effort to follow and some reconstructing due to the non-linearity. Bearing in mind it was made by a bunch of people in their spare time and cost £6,000, the results are really impressive. Acting is quite decent and while props, locations and characters are kept to a minimum, you don’t really miss more of them. It bugged me a little that it is in black and white, but hey, six thousand quid of film is not a lot.
All in all, it’s a fun and entertaining film to watch, but nothing too special. You’ll like it if you’re a fan of Nolan, or if you feel like watching a little Noir film.