Review by Robert
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
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
See also The
Thrilling Detective Web Site page