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 .  

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.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Original Screenplay; Best Film Editing

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Screenplay

Toronto International Film Festival: 2000

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