Memento (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  

USA, 2000.  Newmarket Capital Group, , I Remember Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, based on the short story Memento Mori by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 2001American Film Institute Awards 2001. Boston Film Critics Awards 2001.  Golden Globe Awards 2001Independent Spirit Awards 2001Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2001.   National Board of Review Awards 2001.   National Society Of Film Critics Awards 2001.  New York Film Critics Awards 2001Online Film Critics Awards 2001.    Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2001.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.

An amnesiac (Guy Pearce) has brain damage that left him without the ability to make new memories after being attacked in his home by the thieves who also raped and murdered his wife. To counter this, he tattoos reminders of his daily activities on his body, takes Polaroid photographs and writes everything down, all in an attempt to find the culprits who destroyed his life.  The story is told backwards, scene by scene, and every time you think you’ve got it all figured out something jumps out to surprise you.  is excellent in a supporting role as a woman Pearce helps out of a difficult situation, and co-stars as a mysterious know-it-all who appears out of the blue all the time. Brilliantly done, this one will stay with you for days.

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