Even as he got launched to IMDb idolatry, Nolan has always been best as a sleight-of-hand artist. The philosophy of his films is either simple or muddled, but ask him to play with structure or aesthetics—and think only just hard enough—and he can hit close to home. This truly impressive $5,000 debut is still emblematic of his skills, a rewiring of classic noir to that late-90s trend where reality itself was in doubt.
Inspiring. Besides just being a great movie on its own merit, it is truly remarkable when you consider it was made with a modest $6,000 budget. A lesson to all aspiring filmmakers on how to deliver a creative and intelligent film just by using some saved up money and pure wit. And you can already see the style for which he later became known clearly blossoming here. Bloody brilliant.
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I guess that's why you shouldn't follow people. A neo-noir that is very clearly influenced by it's predecessors with all the usual trapping: femme fatale, black and white photography, etc. I found this enjoyable and well made, but not particularly new or too inventive, apart from the interesting use of non-linear narrative. Overall middle of the road. Nolan's best work is still yet to come.
What appeared as a hitchcockian approach in storytelling soon became Christopher Nolan's patent for fractured but organized and symmetrical screenplay with purpose to shake viewer's senses. Low budget combined with criminals in suits and fatal blondes had turned it into one of the purest neo-noirs, and justified member of Criterion Collection. Plus, Alex Haw's Cobb echos the spirits of Ian Curtis and Ledger's Joker.
It's quite obvious from those days in 1998 that Christopher Nolan will become a big shot. In a low budget, he has shot a great script with wonderful acting and a style. One of the finest mystery, crime films I've ever watched and in a sense, it is a little bit "film-noir"ish.
The 69 minute's black and white debut by Nolan is an highly intrigued and heavy ingenious movie. It's pace jumps before and after The Young Man assumes the person he wants to be: the inner voyeuristic child. Characters here aren't judged; we can't make a thesis about their motivations but we feel their experiences, the subtle detail that binds all together: the adrenaline. One challenging time trial picture!