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Monday, April 25, 2011
Following - 1998
Following is a film about a poor writer that is looking for new dieas for his stories, so he gets the brilliant plan of following people around and learning about their life, helping to inspire new characters. But his main rule is that whenever he learns of where someone lives, he quits following them and never looks for them again. However, one day our main character comes across a man he had been following, who figured out the young man's scheme. He turns out to be a robber, convincing the writer to assist in some of his robberies. This leads the stories lead through a lot of trouble, and soon he will realize following people in the first place was probably not a good idea.
I must admit, even though I do not love Christopher Nolan as some do, he is undeniably brilliant at creating a great ending, with the exception of his newest film. Following was actually one of his stronger finishes in my opinion, as I was about to rate this film at 2 stars, but the ending changed my mind. The direction is still good, and the film is still unpredictable, and it by the end works out. But as I mentioned, the film is drastically damaged by its short length. The cast does a very good job, surprisingly too, since I had not heard of any of the actors. Jeremy Theobald is perfectly innocent in playing the lead with no name, another thing I liked about the film. Alex Haw was good as well, playing Cobb, though at times I did not love some of his script. The entire cast did a good job really, one thing you can expect from every Nolan film.
Overall, Following is probably Nolan's weakest film, which is actually saying something for the man's career so far. The short length hurts it, but great acting, a good screenplay, and strong direction combined with a fantastic ending make this film worth the watch. I liked it, but Nolan has done better no doubt.