When I realized that I love Christopher Nolan, I had to pickup a copy of everything that he's made (only missing Quay documentary at the moment, in process). This movie was made for only $6k. He really turned out something awesome for such a low budget.
I think you also see what he does with storytelling. He almost always has a big twist in the plot that makes sense and is wonderful. I remember being a little unsure about this movie until I got towards the end when stuff started to make sense. This was a great start to his career.
The look and style feel very much the same as well. I kind of like the low budget look sometimes too. This smaller 16mm resolution fits the story well. A major plus side to this movie is also the fact that it is only a bit over an hour long.
I say that, because I don't think the story could have drawn out much longer. I'm really glad they didn't try to stretch it just for standard run time. This isn't a movie that I think everyone will enjoy. It isn't filled with great actors or action scenes. While I do see some really flat moments and coldness, I certainly enjoy checking it out again from time to time.
Also, I did watch his first short 'Doodlebug' as well again. That is quite the interesting student film, that's for sure. Check it out if you can.
Following was a pretty good directorial debut by Christopher Nolan. He got some nice performances from inexperienced actors, which is made even more impressive when you consider the tiny $6k budget and the fact that the entire thing was filmed solely on weekends because all the actors had full-time jobs. Nolan sure likes to mess with non-linear plot structures but used it to even better effect in his follow up, Memento. It still wrapped together really nicely though. It'd be cool if he returned to something relatively lower budget and similar to this later in his career.
What an amazing directorial debut for one of the best in the business. Christopher Nolan loves his non linear storytelling and no one does it as good as him. It's crazy to think how they did this for only $6,000 and only on weekends.
Edit: Second time viewing and first with the chronological order. It is an interesting story but not quite as good as the original version. The nonlinear timelines really elevates this to great. Still this is very impressive with what they had to work with.
Well... nothing special. I watched this movie because it was directed by Chris Nolan but I can't recommend it. In a lot of ways, it is a much simpler version of Memento and I never really got into "Following". For me, the newest Nolan flick (Interstellar, at least at the time of writing this is his newest work) and the oldest (Following) are not worth watching. Skip them and spend the time much better by re-watching e.g. his fantastic "Dark Knight" trilogy or Identity!