This neo-noir style nonlinear narrative was shot in 16mm black and white, mostly with a handheld camera and restricted by a $6,000 budget. The film took a year to complete, as it could only be shot on Saturdays, the cast and crew all having full-time jobs during the week. The film was funded without any major backing, mostly with the help of family and friends of those involved.
Director Christopher Nolan was 29 at the time of the film’s creation, and this first full feature film enabled him to get the funding to make Memento (2000). Nolan is also known for directing Insomnia (2002), Batman Begins (2005), and The Prestige (2006).
The story depicts a struggling writer attempting to spark inspiration by following random people to see what they do and where they go. His naivety gets the best of him when he becomes enmeshed in a crime and the key players he has been following disappear.
- Story A-
- Acting A-
- Visuals A-
- Originality/Innovation A-
- Enjoyability A-
- Overall A-