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.
I do think that the film deserved the best screenplay oscar, as no other film of 2000 was as inventive, clever or original as this tremendous thriller.
The film is not shown in a non-linear way not directly because of Leonards condition as you may have expected but instead to keep us thinking and confused, we truly have no idea of what has happened (or happening), in a way it forces us to think like Leonard, we are trying to piece together little bits of information we remember from scenes to get us to the current situation whilst he tries to look at his polaroid photohraphs to understand his current situation and what he is doing.
Although Christopher Nolan initially got the idea for the film after a discussion with his brother, Jonathan Nolan during a road trip, the film did go on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.