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This is the first feature length film (though only just feature length) from Christopher Nolan, the man behind the excellent 'Memento' and forthcoming 'Insomnia'. Bill is a writer, or at least wants to be one, and follows people on the street for inspiration and relief from his boredom of being unemployed. He is caught in the act by burglar Cobb, who then takes him under his wing, leading him into a criminal underworld and an obsession of crime. The structure is complicated and initially confusing, and some of it seems indulgent, but with such a brave approach you won't notice. Nolan directs with flair and style, holding a clausrophobic, paranoid feel throughout. The lack of colour allows for a darker, more mysterious mood than many thrillers, and fits the film aptly. Jeremy Theobald (Bill) and Alex Haw (Cobb) a both excellent, though some of the other actors are not so convincing. The music for the film, supplied by David Julyan, like the mood is mysterious and claustrophic, and is in fact better than the music he produced for 'Memento' a few years later. This film is a noir with subtle differences, and viewers are rewarded for putting up with the frustrating structure with an excellent final scene, drawing everything together, rather than the ambiguity of Memento. In short if you were a fan of Memento, don't mind being confused, and aren't put off by black and white, this is for you.