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? no...it 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.