You truly have something special when a film can make you experience exactly what a character is feeling, whether it is in the script or how scenes are shot, if you can imagine what he or she is going through you are witnessing what most directors are trying to get across. Memento, quite possibly, has done this the most creatively. The main protagonist, Leonard, suffers from short-term memory loss (he cannot make new memories). Because the movie is in reverse, each new scene is a new experience for us. Like Leonard, we do not know how we got where we are and what we are doing there. Over the course of the plot we find that his wife was murdered the night he lost his ability to make new memories. Ever since then, he’s been trying to find and kill the person responsible.
Be forewarned, this isn’t a “lean back and enjoy the show” type of movie. This is a “lean forward and rack your brain for 2 hours” film. It may not be for everyone, but everyone should at least give it a shot. Guy Pearce is brilliant, and we all know about my feelings toward Christopher Nolan. Completely unforgettable movie that should be seen by everyone.
My Rating: A+