Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” in a word, is mind-boggling. In a good, impressive way, that is.
Suffice it to say that “Memento” is a nonlinear narrative about Leonard Shelby, a man suffering from anterograde amnesia, which basically means he is unable to store new memories in his brain but is able to remember everything before the accident that triggered the amnesia. Despite this, he is adamant on finding the man who raped and murdered his wife to kill him himself. With a pen and his Polaroid camera he documents his every step, and the more important ones he has them tattooed on his body.
Because of the subject matter and the way the story is presented – told from beginning to end and vice versa simultaneously, with only the switch from black and white to color to guide you – “Memento” is that kind of film that demands your full attention. It would keep you guessing and your mind reeling throughout in order to keep up with the sequence of events. The part where everything falls into place in particular is mind-blowing, because then you’ll fully realize that every detail presented so far is indeed relevant. I’ve seen my share of thought-provoking psychological, thriller, revenge films, but they’re nothing quite like “Memento.”
Released in 2000, “Memento” stars Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby, Carrie-Anne Moss as Natalie, and Joe Pantoliano as Teddy. It premiered at the 2000 Venice International Film Festival to great critical acclaim, winning various awards and inclusion to several “Best of…” lists by relevant film and entertainment entities.
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