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Director:
Christopher Nolan
Released:
1998
Rating:
R
The first film by the Oscar-nominated director of MEMENTO, THE PRESTIGE and THE DARK KNIGHT, Christopher Nolan, FOLLOWING is a tantalizing indie neo-noir. Out of boredom and frustration, a writer picks out strangers at random from the crowded streets of London and follows them. He shadows people to see where they go, how they spend their days. Reasoning to himself that he is gathering useful material for the fictional characters in his writing, he starts following the same people more than once, drawn to discovering more about their lives. He is confronted by a professional burglar named Cobb who demands to know why he is following him. Cobb then takes him along on a robbery, showing him the ropes and demonstrating his ability to make deductions about his victims from their possessions. Increasingly involved in Cobb's nefarious activities and obsessed with a woman whose home they've burgled, he becomes enmeshed in a perilous web.

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  • 80

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Christopher Nolan's noirish thriller is an uncommonly polished and assured feature debut, highly clever textually and supremely accomplished technically. This ultra low-budget exer...

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    That the movie succeeds as thoroughly as it does -- getting deeper and creepier as it goes along -- is evidence of a far-seeing creative imagination. Nolan is a compelling new talent.

  • 75

    Miami Herald

    Following is a pitch-black crime story, but never forgets its gentler side. It is, at 70 minutes, a slim movie, but by the time it concludes in inevitable tragedy, Nolan's characte...

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Psychological, Thrillers, Independent