Movie Title: Following
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. 9 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Home
The plot of Following is simple. Our lead actor The Young Man (Jeremy Theobald) goes by several false aliases and worms his way deeper and deeper into trouble. He starts off by following people on the streets for inspiration. He is writing a novel and needs to base his characters on something. While following one particular character he is spotted and confronted. They become quick friends as Cobb (Alex Haw) shows him the ropes in his trade. Cobb is a burglar that gets off on the voyeuristic elements of being inside someone’s space. He doesn’t actually steal all that much and lives by the philosophy of taking away things from people’s lives so they will appreciate what they have. But, Cobb may not be all that he appears to be.
It is shown early on that this is not going to pan out well for The Young Man. The movie flashes back and forth in time showing that later in the timeline our leading man is going to get thoroughly beaten and a significant robbery is going to occur. Seeing how the character is going to reach that point is half the fun.
Following is the debut short film of now renowned director Christopher Nolan. It has shadows of many of Nolan’s directorial techniques that he would develop further later in his career. The most prominent being the layering of stories and the manipulation of time.
It is interesting to see the beginnings of Christopher Nolan’s directorial styling. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Midnight in Paris (2011)