films seen
11
average score
1.54*
nationality
UK - 51 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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A director with potential, spoiled by big budgets. This has pushed him into dull blockbuster territory. He gets too tangled up in uninteresting narratives and the styling of his films is bland, but there's simply no escaping his work.

The good stuff

Following

by Christopher Nolan
Specifics
1998 / 69m - UK
Genre
Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Following poster

Nolan never managed to allocate the extra budget for his following films in any meaningful way.

Dubious filler

Tenet

by Christopher Nolan
Specifics
2020 / 150m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Tenet poster

It was only a matter of time before Christopher Nolan would do a real time travel flick. He's the king of modern blockbusters and a real sucker for twisty/serious narratives. Tenet is pretty much what I expected it to be, including all the things I don't like about Nolan's films. But coming from him, it's certainly not his worst.

A secret agent is recruited to prevent a third world war. While he presumes a nuclear threat, our world is actually under attack from the future. They devised a way to give objects negative entropy, effectively letting them go backwards in time. A fun plot device that runs through the remainder of the film.

Nolan is oldskool. It's probably why he's generally revered, but for a contemporary blockbuster director I don't think it's a plus. The action scenes look rather dull, the score feels outdated, the pompous and convoluted story telling slows things down and Tenet doesn't do anything spectacular with the time travel element. Just a mediocre blockbuster, at least the pacing was a better better compared to his other work.

Insomnia

by Christopher Nolan
Specifics
2002 / 118m - USA
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Insomnia poster

Plain forgettable

Interstellar

by Christopher Nolan
Specifics
2014 / 169m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Adventure
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Interstellar poster

The Dark Knight Rises

by Christopher Nolan
Specifics
2012 / 164m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Dark Knight Rises poster

Inception

by Christopher Nolan
Specifics
2010 / 148m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Action, Thriller, Adventure
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Inception poster

The Prestige

by Christopher Nolan
Specifics
2006 / 130m - USA
Genre
Mystery, Thriller
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Prestige poster

Big nopes

Dunkirk

by Christopher Nolan
Specifics
2017 / 106m - UK
Genre
Action, Thriller, War
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Dunkirk poster

Memento

by Christopher Nolan
Specifics
2000 / 113m - USA
Genre
Mystery, Thriller
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Memento poster

Irritation overload

The Dark Knight

by Christopher Nolan
Specifics
2008 / 152m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
The Dark Knight poster

Batman Begins

by Christopher Nolan
Specifics
2005 / 140m - USA
Genre
Action, Adventure
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Batman Begins poster