Conspicuous Trailer of the Week: Following

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Ok, the wait is over! One of my most anticipated movies of the year is finally here. It remains to be seen how HUGE Inception will be, whether it will topple Chris Nolan’s previous mega blockbuster The Dark Knight and smash records everywhere. But it is quite likely that given the hype, he’d gain some (or a lot) of new fans with his new film. On that note, I decided to go down memory lane, just a little over a decade ago, to his first feature-length film: Following.

Here’s the trailer:

Even the plot, A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing, is as mysterious as it is intriguing, two adjectives you can use on most of Nolan’s films. Apparently, even from his early career, Nolan’s signature style has been unusual non-linear plot structure, which he used again in his future movies. It seems that he’s keen on having the audience be as disoriented as the protagonist in his films. Made with a budget of only $6,000, one of the set used in the film was actually the lead actor Jeremy Theobald’s own flat in London. It took a year to complete as the cast and crews had full time jobs so they could only film on Saturdays. It went on to nab a nomination from the British Independent Film Award in 1999.

Since it came highly recommended from fellow bloggers in the comment section of my Top Five Nolan Films post, I’ve rented it from Netflix and the dvd is now sitting on my coffee table, waiting to be watched later tonight.

Has any of you seen this? What do you think? No spoilers please 🙂

13 thoughts on “Conspicuous Trailer of the Week: Following

  1. I managed to finally get Josh’s Inception review up on my blog. From what he’s told me it really is as awesome as it looks.

    Didn’t know you were such a Nolan fan. I can’t believe that I have twice missed him filming on campus.

    1. I’ll read it after I see the movie. I’m trying to restrain myself from learning anything about it until then.

      Yes, I’ve been a fan ever since Batman Begins, I just ranked five of his films, have you read it yet? Would love to hear your take on it. Man, that’d be great to have a movie like Inception being filmed on my Alma Mater!

  2. It’s a good one. It has an indie/artsy feel to it and it’s obviously made on a nonexistent budget but I enjoyed it. The actors are certainly not top of the shelf but they acquit themselves competently given the fact that they aren’t professional actors. Check it out!

    1. It is very artsy and neo-noir, I finally saw it last night. I thought the unknown actors did great, especially Alex Haw as Cobb. I’m surprised that guy never acted again after this movie!

  3. Sometimes I think I’m the only one in this blogging universe of ours who always falls asleep watching Nolan’s movies and who gets death threats when admitting DARK KNIGHT was the worst movie experience in my life 🙂

    Yet, I’m always amazed and full of respect for the number of fans Nolan has.

    1. Heh, death threats? I hope you’re just being hyperbolic, that’s just ludicrous that people do that for simply a differing opinion on a MOVIE! That’s too bad though that you didn’t like it, what is it that bore you so much about it Dez?

      In any case, I think his fan base and admiration for Nolan is well-deserved.

    1. Check it out scarlet, I finally did so last night. It’s not spectacular by any means, but it’s a respectable debut flick and the ending made the slow pace worthwhile. You definitely didn’t see the twist coming!

    1. Yep, that’s why I said this is his first “feature-length” film. I was intrigued to see this after you told me about it, Ted.

      Yeah, I saw the Batman logo on the door. I had read an article in EMPIRE by the lead actor Jeremy and that was apparently his real apartment and he was the one who put that on his door!

  4. It starts slow but gets very engaging along the way. The film is simple but the cuts make it work. Great thing about his films is that there’s always something deeper than what you’re being shown making this replete with Nolan’s twists. In fact it almost felt like early Shayamalan and Singer with their Sixth Sense and Usual Suspects films).

    1. Yeah, it was slow at first, but the dialog between the two characters were engaging enough to make me curious. The thing with Nolan’s flicks is that the twist at the end always makes it worthwhile, even if it makes you uneasy as it wasn’t tied up with a neat, pretty red bow.

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