Memento ­
Remembering Sammy

Review by Robert Preston

In this, one of the best films of 2001, Guy Pierce plays Leonard Shelby from San Francisco, a 'detective' trying to solve his own case, who is being used for the dirty work of a 'friend'. Regardless of his handicap, the lack of his ability to create new memories, he manages to get revenge. Or does he?

This film is very evocative of a typical Woolrich style story but is not the usual amnesia case. The film is told in reverse, whith the climax being the first scene, as a result creating an odd sense of deja-vu while viewing. Throughtout the film there is an interesting mix of black & white and color which furthur jumbles up the plotline. B&W is used for flashbacks and pre-injury memories and furthur plot elements. One of the creepiest feelings the director manages to get across is the distorted sense of time.

Highest possible recommendation.

A I Remember/Newmarket Capital Group/Team Todd Production
116 minutes
Colour/Black and white
Based on the short story "Memento Mori" by Jonathan Nolan
Screenplay by Christopher Nolan 
Directed by Christopher Nolan 
Starring Guy Pearc, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jorja Fox, Harriet Sansom Harris, Callum Keith Rennie

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