Every time I watch a Christopher Nolan movie I am shocked at just how amazing it is. I had no idea what to expect with Batman Begins, but I loved it. The Dark Knight and Inception were even better. His films just seem to get bigger and better as time goes on. Memento got Nolan an Oscar nomination and put his name out there. It’s just a great movie.
The movie revolves around Leonard Shelby, portrayed by Guy Pearce. Home invaders killed his wife and knocked Leonard unconscious. This incident results in Leonard losing his short-term memory, meaning he can’t remember anything since the incident. As he struggles with this problem he tries to hunt down his wife’s killer by leaving notes for himself and getting tattoos as reminders.
The acting is solid. Guy Pearce is really good. I don’t quite know why, he just seemed to really fit into the role. Joe Pantoliano and Carrie-Anne Moss are each very good in their roles. As characters they really seem to grow on you. The entire movie is like this in the fact that it gets better. At the beginning I was half-paying attention, but by the end of the movie I wanted to stand up, clap and say “well done Chris Nolan…”
The film is done so masterfully that I can tell Nolan was born to make movies. The non-linear story line might seem confusing at first, but like Inception it all becomes clear by the end. The fact that Leonard can’t remember anything means that there is no real sense of time in the past, only the present. The movie is filmed in scenes, each one taking place before the last. This works out amazingly, resulting in the audience beginning to realize things that have already happened to Leonard, but he doesn’t remember them.
I can not stress how brilliant Christopher Nolan is, he is truly made to make movies. Memento is executed in such a perfect method, where any other director could have turned this into a horrible mess of a film. The storyline is solid and there is a good mix of dialogue and action to keep the film going. You really get hooked into the storyline and want to yell out to Leonard to offer advice. This isn’t your typical crime-thriller, far from it, but it is definitely a great film.