Today is the day that film lovers across the globe have been waiting for with bated-breath; the concluding part of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series The Dark Knight Rises has finally hit the big screen. But if Batman isn’t your thing, here are a few typically mind-bending suggestions from Nolan’s back-catalogue that should keep you occupied this weekend.
Nolan’s breakout hit of 2000, Memento is a psychological thriller told in reverse chronological order, about a man suffering from amnesia and unable to form new memories. Using a series of Polaroid photographs, notes and tattoos, the main character guides himself through an investigation to find out who murdered his wife. The complex plot and exceptional performances from a stellar cast pull the audience along on a journey of anguish and discovery that you will want to watch again and again.
The Prestige sees Nolan teaming up with Christian Bale again to tell the story of two rival Victorian stage magicians, played by Bale and Hugh Jackman, whose compulsion to out-do each other becomes an obsession with tragic consequences. With star turns from Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Andy Serkis and even David Bowie making an appearance as Nikola Tesla, Nolan orchestrates a powerful narrative told again in his typical non-linear fashion.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Christopher Nolan’s mainstay, Michael Caine, Inception is described as a science-fiction action heist set in the architecture of the mind. Dominic Cobb (DiCaprio) is a highly skilled criminal making a living by infiltrating dreams to steal corporate secrets. Wanted for the alleged murder of his wife, Cobb comes across a lucrative opportunity which could help to clear his name by planting an idea in someone else’s dreams – a technique called ‘Inception’. Told through layer upon layer of dreams, the film demands repeat watching and gets better every time.
Which is your favourite Nolan film? Is it one of these, or are you an ardent Batman fan? Let us know below!