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Nolan’s “Following”: A Psychological Thriller about Identity and Illusion

2 pages | 550 words

Following is a taut psychological thriller that explores the nature of identity and illusion. The film follows the life of a young writer, Bill (Jeremy Theobald), who becomes obsessed with following people. One day, he follows a man named Cobb (Alex Haw), who turns out to be a gangster boss. Bill is then drawn into a world of femme fatales, double-crossing, and melodramatic violence. Although the film is often stagey and stilted, Nolan's direction creates a sense of unease and suspense that keeps the viewer engaged.

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