A lesson in low-budget filmmaking, Christopher Nolan's 1998 debut makes a virtue of its limitations. Economical lighting and handheld black-and-white photography match the murky content and time-hopping structure of this intriguing London-set noir.

The links with Memento are clear but this is more than a blueprint for a modern classic. Alex Haw is an unnerving guide for Jeremy Theobald's lonely would-be writer, inducting him into a grifter's netherworld where nothing is quite what it seems.

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