Christopher Nolan writes and directs this complex psychological thriller starring LA Confidential’s Guy Pearce alongside stars of The Matrix Carrie Anne Moss & Joe Pantoliano. The great screenplay is considered as the original despite being an adaptation of Nolan’s brother Jonathan’s then un-published short story entitled “Memento Mori”. Another astonishing fact is that this modern masterpiece was actually shot in just 25 days.
Point blank in the head a man shoots another. In flashbacks, each one earlier in time than what we’ve just seen, the two men’s pasts unfold. Leonard, as a result of a blow to the head during an assault on his wife, has no short-term memory. He’s looking for his wife’s killer, compensating for his disability by taking Polaroids, annotating them and tattooing important facts on his body. We meet the loquacious Teddy and the seductive Natalie (a barmaid who promises to help) and we glimpse Leonard’s wife through memories from before the assault. Leonard also talks about Sammy Jankis, a man he knew with a similar condition. Has Leonard found the killer? Who’s manipulating whom? These are the constant questions we ask ourselves throughout this great cinematic landmark, as each scene is enticing you to study the film hard as every little clue is vital to the unravelling of the mystery.
Memento is a great film and one I will talk of with very high praise, Guy Pearce is great and despite being underrated for his performances he finally receives the recognition he rightly deserves. Joe Pantoliano is very good and plays a similar shady character to his Matrix/Sopranos roles, all in all I found this film a whirlpool of intrigue and a great edge-of-your seat thriller. It is a film worth re-visiting again as you will learn and understand the clues to the very good ending, better with each time you view it.