This is an early (his first feature) black and white film from the director of Memento and Inception. It’s an interesting low-budget noir that does a hell-uv-a lot in a very modest amount of tine. No collapsing buildings in this one. At slightly less than a mere 70 minutes, one can only characterize this film as lean. Unlike many low-budget films, this one doesn’t seem cheaply made. It looks great and the acting is is professional, if not particularly memorable. But it doesn’t get in the way of the script, which is the point.
The story written by director Christopher Nolan has many of the earmarks that made Nolan’s scripts so unusual. This one trips back and forth in time and presents a man who is played by forces that are holding more cards than himself. We’ve got a man who is really played for all he’s worth. Great twists and turns in a surprisingly satisfying film.