Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight, Inception) writes and directs this odd, claustrophobic neo-noir film about a seedy young Brit (Jeremy Theobald) who’s obsessed with following people — albeit harmlessly at first. After meeting a like-minded bloke (Alex Haw), the twosome graduate to breaking and entering — but meet their match in a strong woman (Lucy Russell) who may have dubious plans of her own.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Christopher Nolan was a young 28 years when he created this nifty, little low-budget film concerning a man who randomly follows people until he runs into a house robber who pulls him into his world. It reminded me a little of the French film “Man Bites Dog” in the respect that the observer becomes part of the observations. While “Man Bites Dog” was far more visceral and disturbing, “Following” takes a more cerebral approach with twists and turns in the plot.
It’s easy to see Nolan’s talent even in this ultra low-budget fare. He takes the audience on the journey of the follower by putting you right beside him. You experience his observations from an almost first-person perspective where you feel like you’re part of the experience. Nolan also does a tremendous job with the actors. The trio of main characters all do a commendable job. The standout is Russell who has gone on to have a career in television and film working with Nolan again in a minor role in “Batman Begins” as well as Terry Gilliam in “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.” If there’s a problem I have with the film it’s that the final act never lives up to the buildup getting there. But don’t let that deter you from checking this one out, especially if you’re a fan of Nolan.