Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior
Christopher Nolan (Director), Christopher Nolan (Screenplay)
Released: Sep. 5th, 2000
Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes
Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby snaps Polaroids of people and places, jotting down contextual notes on the backs of photos to aid in his search and jog his memory. He even tattoos his own body in a desperate bid to remember.
Amnesia is the biggest roadblock Leonard faces in his search for the man who killed his wife. To cope with this conflict Leonard has created a system of taking polaroid photographs and getting body tattoos, as constant reminders of any updates with the investigation.
Perhaps less well known than those two films, ‘Memento’ is a film many people will rate equally as good if not better than them with the film providing a mind-boggling and extremely interesting plot.
Memento follows the story of Leonard Shelby, a young man who suffers from short term memory loss following an ‘incident’ in which his wife was viciously attacked and killed.
This is an example of why Christopher Nolan is one of the greatest filmmakers working today.
Nolan masterfully constructs a tale of Leonard, an insurance incestigator with a condition that doesn't allow him to make new memories.