Memento (2001)

memento

An ex-insurance investigator with a medical condition that leaves him with no short term memory is hunting the killer of his wife with the aid of notes left to himself in the form of tattoos all over his body.

Christopher Nolan’s big budget debut is a stunningly original twist on the detective movie formula, telling the story of a man’s quest for vengeance in reverse chronological order. This sounds like a very simple – almost obvious – idea but it is done with such beautifully engineered intelligence and subtlety that it keeps you guessing not only until the end of the film, but also until the end of each scene as you, along with Guy Pearce’s obsessive investigator, try to link each jigsaw puzzle piece of the story together. It’s one of those films that is ironically unforgettable, and my only wish is that I could erase my own memory and watch it for the first time again and again.

Truly unique and quite, quite brilliant.

10/10

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