By Brett Mullins
Directed by Christoper Nolan; Written by Jonathon and Christopher Nolan
Memento is a truly unique psychological thriller from the Nolan brothers. This intelligent and twisted film will keep the audience guessing until the end. Every bit of information given to the audience is crucial to understanding the events of the film, which makes writing a review without spoilers around every turn a bit difficult.
The film follows Leonard Shelby: a man who cannot form short term memory as a result of an assault which left his wife raped and murdered. Leonard is now in pursuit of the killer, despite his disability. Though this description sounds rather vague, it is necessary to preserve the story of the film.
Memento’s style and editing is the element that sets it apart from any other film, really. The story is told in reverse chronological order in short bits to mirror how Leonard perceives the world. The story is divided into two time lines that intertwine with one another. Though editors do not often receive congratulations for their efforts; however, Dody Dorn made quite a mark with this film.
Guy Pearce plays the role of Leonard Shelby quite well, manipulating the tone of the film as his character’s memory is born again and again.
Memento holds the viewer’s interest and shakes them with the gravity of the ending.