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  • Actors: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan, Dick Bradsell
  • Directors: Christopher Nolan
  • Writers: Christopher Nolan
  • Producers: Jeremy Theobald, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Peter Broderick
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Dec 11 2001
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F3CD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,015 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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An unemployed aspiring "writer" Bill (Jeremy Theobald) has a peculiar hobby, shadowing strangers at random in the streets of London. When Cobb (Alex Haw), a man Bill has been following, catches him in the act, Bill is drawn into Cobb's world of breaking into flats and prying into the personal lives of their victims. In Bob, Bill finds a strange companion - part mentor, part confessor and part evil twin. With an ingenious structure that involves flash forwards and doubling back, the film tests our knowledge and understanding just as the protagonist is being duped into an elaborate triple-cross. "Following" heralded Christopher Nolan as a promising new talent whose promise was amply confirmed with "Memento."

Creepy intimacy, plenty of suspense, and a few surprises enliven this black-and-white treat from the director of Memento. Bill is a struggling writer who fills his time and mind by following random strangers he sees on the street. After breaking his own rule ("never follow the same person twice") he becomes fascinated by Cobb, a voyeur who takes things one step further--actually breaking into people's homes to sift through their things. As you might expect, the relationship soon becomes unhealthy. Writer-director Christopher Nolan already reveals a sure hand in this early neo-noir work. Like Memento, Following toys with timelines, jumping back and forth and carefully dropping bits of information exactly when they're needed. Short and sharp, Following features an intriguing plot line and fine, understated performances by the entire cast. Don't miss it. --Ali Davis

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kamus on May 14 2002
Format: DVD
Christopher Nolan puts Hollywood to shame with this no-budget film. Proving that good scripts, good directors and good actors are the key ingredients that constitute good movies, not swollen budgets, big "stars" or special effects Nolan has created a very compelling film indeed. Although it's a no budget affair, it sure doesn't feel like it. The B&W treatment feels like a natural complement to the gritty story and turns a potential limitation into an asset- it actually has a real artistic visual style. The performances are first rate as well, but what really floats this movie is the terrific script that will draw you in and keep you in suspense right up until the last frame. Then you'll want to see it again immediately. How many movies do you have that reaction to? The non-chronological narrative is dealt with masterfully and gives an already intriguing story a further dimension. An added bonus is Nolan's astute commentary and the alternate angle view of the shooting script, both wonderful resources for the aspiring filmmaker but fascinating for the rest of us too.
I saw this film accidentally because I grabbed the box too hastily from the video store, but boy am I glad I did!
Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vahania63 on Feb. 5 2004
Format: DVD
I, as probably many other people, got this movie after I watched "Memento", the second movie by the same director, Christopher Nolan, which I liked very much. I liked his first one too, although probably the comparison with his follow up Hollywood production makes 'Following' even more interesting. It is low budget independent movie in noir style that is shot in black and white. The style of the movie reminds me old french crime movies although it adds the twists so familiar to us from 'Memento': the order of the movie doesn't follow the real order so you see different pieces in different times trying to recreate what really happened. The plot itself, although unpredictable (the ending is totally surprising) not really convincing and logical. But it's ok since, in my opinion, the main quality of this movie is its style. The acting is adequate. All in all although not groundbreaking it is interesting especially as prequel to 'Following'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Granger on Jan. 1 2004
Format: DVD
christopher nolan really knows bleak cinema. momento and this piece of neo-noir are both extremely hopeless pictures. momento is about the absence of forward consciousness (thus no point to exist because the cost of post-its would be crushing) and following is about a voyeuristic writer whom when bored decides to follow characters (heh...). imagine a world of a constant cliche, void of everything inspiring. bitterness. nolan's neo-noir work here is gloom and doom. the black and white photography only add to the mundane bleakness of constantly looking for something interesting in a world of busy bees...simply look on the cover to verify this (the voyeur is watching his subjects file past in the opposite direction). he can't offer them anything save the ability to play with them, label them, to his own advantage. that said, is this a movie for everyone? ain't. the anti-hero's story caters to about 1, maybe 2, percent of the population. the cinematography is interesting but the lighting and quality is sometimes too dark, unlike another neo-noir b&w recent film, the man who wasn't there. but i really enjoy noir, and nolan's work, though i sometimes think momento, though having one of the greatest screenplays in recent memory, is lackluster as a whole (justifiable by its great commercial success and a nagging feeling i get watching it). following is worth the price and it is very interesting to see what the director did before the larger budgeted momento.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 29 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Are you a fan of Christopher Nolan? His impressive filmography includes Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises. But his first feature was Following, and I imagine that there are plenty of Nolan fans who haven't got around to seeing it. My first viewing was just a few months ago, shortly after the Criterion Blu-ray release.

Why do I want to review it?

Well, one reason is that I wanted to talk about the first first film made by one of the best directors working today. Another incentive was the presence of actual ideas. Following is unpredictable, and does not use proven formulas. It works because it is genuinely interesting and compelling.

You have probably never heard of the actors involved. The two principals haven't had much of a career since, but I enjoyed their performances. The film is full of mysteries and revelations, so I am not going to talk about everything that happens. Instead, I'll limit most of my comments to things we learn in the opening 10 minutes.

The film grabbed my attention after two minutes during the opening narration by Bill (Jeremy Theobald), who is the main character. He tells us that he's unemployed, and frequently bored and lonely. In order to combat his boredom, he decides to start following people at random. In his own mind, he's an aspiring writer, although he probably views himself that way to justify his miserable existence. He's interested in people and what motivates them. When he's following someone, he has a certain set of rules, such as not pursuing women along dark alleys at night. He's a keen observer, but not a predator of any kind. He follows people of any gender, watches what they do, and then leaves.
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