Top 5 Christopher Nolan movies
The title of the movie gyrates around the notion of formation. The formation of relationships, the formation of dreams and the formation of schemes. Christopher Nolan plays with these apparently ossified structures to indicate the frailties seeking refuge in them. Nolan brings along two specific ideas colliding against each other throughout the movie – power and security. Both these entities are lured or chased away by dreams. Either they disrupt the idea of autonomy through dream manipulation or they remind the protagonist of gleeful moments lost in the ravages of time. The recurrent top in the movie is an indicator of one’s quest for certainty in a domain of perpetual flux.
One of Christopher Nolan’s least complicated yet effective thrillers made when he was relatively new in the industry. The movie is driven by compelling and impeccable performances from the late Robin Williams and Al Pacino. Hilary Swank does a terrific job as well. Insomnia is a tale of obsession that is not merely reserved for the side of the devil. The message is perhaps how sleep eludes the grasp of both the chaser and the one being chased for precisely similar reasons – the one trying to catch and the other avoiding being caught, one who wants sleep a little and the other who tries not to sleep too much.
The mystery of memory is perhaps the most important aspect of the movie. A lost man (Leonard Shelby) tries to assemble the lost pieces playing a violent game in his head in order to give form to a sequence of events he feels he remembers in order to seek vengeance. He is looking for the killer of his wife through fragmented and sometimes unreliable pieces of his past. There are certain previously occurred incidents that he believes might help him catch the killer of his wife. The past in Memento has a story to tell where both the protagonist and the viewer suffer because they feel the past has been taken away from them by some sinister mind as remembering for Shelby turns into something of a rare privilege.
The Prestige –
The movie starts when Michael Caine talks about the three-part structure of a successful magic trick – the pledge, the turn, and the prestige. As we try to understand the story of The Prestige we realize these words are much more significant and freer than they appear. However, The Prestige is also about a profound sense of jealousy. The two protagonists compete like they have transgressed the fear of self-annihilation. The third part of the magic is the part that confines us inside the prison called vanity. Olivia disappears in Alfred and Robert’s quest for supremacy almost reminding readers of the literature of Doctor Faustus.
Christopher Nolan almost does the unthinkable when he attempts to combine the tender yet all transcendent notion of love with the mathematical, beautiful yet terrifying notion of space. It is a tale about the tussle between the eternal and the ephemeral. At times equations, theories and experiments outperform their own sense of necessity. That is precisely the moment where one finds magic, he finds an answer in the most unlikely place. A favourite library perhaps that one fancied in his unconscious for a long time. The wormhole is almost screaming at the viewers, talking about the saving grace offered by love, when daughters and grandmothers alike look around for affection.