Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”
Christopher Nolan's super-low-budget first feature was definitely good enough to propel him from indie films into more mainstream fare. But seeing it for the first time 14 years later, it's primarily useful only to gain better understanding of his style. The fractured narrative and plot twists feel rote, and the grainy black & white photography and muffled sound really hurt the entertainment factor. The actors are really engaging; it's a shame that they've done so little work since this.