If things go to plan, then Christopher Nolan’s Tenet will be the first major movie to be released in ODEON cinemas post-Lockdown – and what a mouth-watering prospect that is. 

Whereas moviegoers generally choose their films based on stars or genre, Nolan – like his friend Quentin Tarantino and hero Stanley Kubrick – is one of the few directors who commands an audience for his name alone.  And it’s an honour well earned.

 

In an era where remakes, sequels and adaptations rule supreme, Nolan makes original, intelligent films that are not only critical successes but commercial hits too. His 10 movies to date have grossed 4.7 billion dollars globally, earning 34 Oscar nominations and 10 wins in the process.  

To whet your appetite for the scheduled arrival of Tenet in ODEON cinemas, here’s our pick of Christopher Nolan’s film portfolio so far (in release date order). And trust us when we say that whittling them down to five wasn’t easy…


Memento (2000)

Plot in brief

Told out of order, a man incapable of forming new memories sets out to find his wife’s killer.

Key Nolan trope

As with all of Christopher Nolan’s movies, Memento is heavily influenced by Film Noir. Muted colours abound, and the labyrinthine-plot will keep you guessing right until the very end.  

Memorable quote

“I can’t remember to forget you.”

Why Christopher Nolan’s Memento is unmissable

Memento is a daring film: daring in its structure (part of the story is told in reverse), daring in its plot (there are twists and turns galore) and daring in what it asks of us, the audience (this is not a movie you can check Facebook during).

Also by Nolan

Following (1998) – Nolan’s first film, a low-budget British crime thriller, sees him experimenting with many of the narrative devices he used to perfection in Memento.


The Prestige (2006)

Plot in brief

In the late 19th century, two ambitious magicians battle to outwit one another – with shocking consequences

Key Nolan trope

Christopher Nolan cast lists always read like a who’s who of Hollywood and The Prestige is no exception, with Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale headlining, and David Bowie, Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine (believed by the director to be his “lucky charm”) offering dazzling support.

Memorable quote

“Nothing is impossible, Mr. Angier. What you want is simply expensive.”

Why Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige is unmissable

Nolan takes Christopher Priest’s acclaimed novel and puts his unique directorial stamp on it. The result is an involving, intricate mystery that – like all the best magic tricks – will leave your jaw on the floor.

Also by Nolan

Insomnia (2002) – Nolan’s chilly thriller also has a cast to remember, namely Al Pacino, Hilary Swank and Robin Williams, in a rare villainous role.

 


The Dark Knight (2008)

Plot in brief

Gotham’s Caped Crusader must contend with the potent dual threat of the Joker and Harvey Two-Face.

Key Nolan trope

Case in point: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. In his final role before his untimely death, the Hollywood heavyweight delivers an acting masterclass, which saw him posthumously winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Memorable quote

“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

Why Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is unmissable

Nolan reinvented the comic-book genre with his dark and brooding Batman trilogy, with this middle instalment being the acclaimed standout. In his last-ever role, Heath Ledger is superb as the Joker, but also sublime are Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes.

Also by Nolan

Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – the opening and closing instalments of this magnificent trilogy.

 


Inception (2010)

Plot in brief

A thief capable of entering the dreams of others is tasked with planting a thought in the mind of a prominent businessman. But nothing goes according to plan.

Key Nolan trope

Christopher Nolan is known as a visionary director for a reason. His complex plots don’t just have one or two plates spinning, they have six or seven – and it’s up to you to keep an eye of them all. Inception is the perfect example.

Memorable quote

“Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realise something was actually strange.”

Why Christopher Nolan’s Inception is unmissable

Inception is the ultimate brainy blockbuster: mentally challenging but also thoroughly entertaining. Throw technically flawless and visually jaw-dropping into the mix and you’ve got yourself one of the movies of the early 21st century.

Also by Nolan

Interstellar (2014) – another Nolan movie that will flex your little grey cells, but this time set in the outer reaches of space.

 


Dunkirk (2017)

Plot in brief

A thrilling recreation of World War Two’s Miracle of Dunkirk (also known as Operation Dynamo), as told from land, sea and air.

Key Nolan trope

Nolan is a huge champion of the big screen, so much so that he refuses to shoot on digital, choosing instead to use film and IMAX. He also prefers physical effects to special effects, with almost no CGI being used in Dunkirk – those 6,000 extras you see on the beaches are all real. 

Memorable quote

“Seeing home doesn’t help us get there, Colonel.”

Why Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is unmissable

In the run up to Dunkirk’s release, all the column inches were about the casting of One Direction’s Harry Styles. But that all changed when the film hit cinemas, such was its visceral impact and technical audaciousness (Harry was darn good, too). 

Also by Nolan

Tenet, of course. With a rumoured budget of 225 million dollars (a staggering amount of money for an original film), expect the same immersive level of detail seen in Dunkirk, as well as daredevil action sequences to blow your mind. 

 


Coming soon...


Tenet

John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Kenneth Branagh star in Christopher Nolan's Tenet, one of the most awaited films of 2020 coming soon to cinemas.

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