6. The Prestige (2006)
Pushing on from Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan really established himself as a go-to Hollywood name with The Prestige in 2006, the director confirming himself as an “every movie a hit” director with his fifth critical success from five releases, his twist-laden and pulsating thriller centred around rival magicians played by Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale being one of those memorable cinema experiences that would come to define the filmmaker’s reputation for always offering unique and spectacular reasons to pay to see his work on the big screen.
5. Memento (2000)
After creating some indie buzz with Following in 1998, Nolan leapt to another level with his much superior intellectual and cinematic offering Memento released in 2000. Starring Guy Pearce as a man with short term memory loss who must work from clues tattooed onto his body to solve a crime, Memento felt like an all-new debut for Nolan, one that could rival that of Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, and while some aspects of the film have dated a little and tonally it isn’t quite as well considered as it once was, this picture remains vital viewing as regards Nolan’s delectably pretentious sensibilities and is still a monumental thriller all these years later in its own right.
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4. Inception (2010)
Arguably the biggest hit of Nolan’s career, and certainly one of the director’s two most instantly recognisable works, Inception in many ways rewrote what it took for an original film to make a billion dollars in the contemporary marketplace, this mind-altering, thought-provoking ensemble thriller being both a throwback to the large budget studio originals of decades past and a vision of an almost derelict original blockbuster future simultaneously, its mix of spectacular visual effects, unique concept and marketable cast making for one of the most beloved mainstream releases of the century and one of Nolan’s most characteristic offerings to date.
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