After an accident, Leonard has acquired a kind of amnesia, in which he isn’t able to retain short term memories, or even make new memories at all. Because of this, he has devised himself a system to remind himself of his purpose. Along the film, we encounter the events that eventually unfold the scene in the beginning of the film, and find the answers to Leonard’s plight.
This is the film for the patient. Memento takes its time to develop the narrative, only providing bits of clues at the time so it’s not one for those looking for a fast solution. The film proceeds on a simple premise, and the use of the backward narrative allows the story to gradually build up to the climax and conclusion. This might not be as thrilling as the Batman trilogy, or discussion heavy like Inception and Interstellar, but damn it if this is not one of Nolan’s greatest work to date. The style he used works to its advantage because it doesn't confuse viewers while building up the narrative.
Guy Pearce was good as Leonard. He didn't oversell the role, and his narrative suited the character. I wonder what would happen to his character next, and if he’s condition is as simple as he thought. Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano played mysterious characters themselves, and it was through the narrative that we get to see their real role in the scenario that is Leonard's life.
Nolan sells us a simple story, but done in a style that doesn't take the animosity of the character, but rather builds up on it. The film doesn't overstay its welcome, and while it finishes the story in a conclusive manner, you can’t help but think beyond what Nolan provided.
Final Word: Not for everyone, but great stuff from Christopher Nolan.
Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie Anne-Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Director: Christopher Nolan