Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano.
by: Christopher Nolan
In a word
screenplay is one of the smartest works to actually get made,
in perhaps a decade. Christopher
Nolan, who scripted this masterpiece, also directed. You have
to think the creative combo made this ingenious film as close
to what he had intended as possible. His unique filmatic storytelling
choices, combined with deep believable characters makes Memento
a tremendous visual, as well as, mentally stimulating success.
extremely complex and brilliantly interwoven is Memento,
your afraid to blink, in case another plot clue is given when
cast is also incredible. Each character more diabolical then
the other. Together they guide you into an vortex of suspense
not seen before us in quite awhile.
Story goes...Leonard Shelby (Guy -cute, but petite-
Pearce) has suffered a terrible loss. His wife was viciously
raped and murdered. That's horrendous enough, no? But, poor
Leonard was bashed in the head by the murderer and now suffers
a rare form of amnesia. He remembers his past up to the "incident"
but has lost his short term memory. He can not retain, or even
make, new memories.
about that concept for a moment. You speak to someone-not from
your past- and two minutes later it's as if your seeing them
for the very first time.
has devised a plan to deal with this inability. He takes Polaroid's
of people, places, and things that he needs to remember. He
keeps them on him and uses them as a life journal. The really
important things he has to remember, like the murder's name,
a license plate number that may be the killer's, he tattoos
onto his body.
has a couple people helping him find his wife's killer. We meet
them in a jumping confusing manner, designed no doubt to help
us relate to Lenny's condition. We meet Teddy (Joe - nice toupee
- Pantoliano) first. As he's being executed literally.
Teddy's a sneaky chap from the get go. We never quite know what
to make of him. Lenny has his Polaroid with him and often refers
to his "notes" on the picture to know where he stands
with the man.
we meet a gal who's been battered, named, Natalie. Lenny has
helped her with her abusive mate and she in turn is now assisting
Len in his search for the wife killer.
Confusing? It won't be when you sink yourself into the theater
seat and fasten your seat belt for one hell of a mental ride.
Guy Pearce is well respected acting talent in his homeland of
Australia, but till now hasn't made a big impression on American
viewers. He held the title role in that little mansteak studded
flick LA Confidential a few years back and we all went
"who's that?" Hopefully after this tour-de-force
of acting perfection he'll get the more juicy roles thrown his
way. It was awfully nice to see his buff six-packed little body
shirtless throughout the film. Makes a girl, almost,
want to hit the coed gym...
Moss is one hell of a versatile actress folks. She played the
velveteen costar to Keanu Reeves in The
Matrix, a commander in the fast gone Red Planet,
and a multitude of other powerful gals on film. Each time regardless
of how weak the script she accepts, or how mundane the character
was written, Moss breaths a certain compelling life into them.
She's a helluva talent. A wonder to watch.
Pantoalalaliano has always been one of my smits. Ever since
his short lived network comedy (?), The Fratanelli Boys,
I have been watching him. Waiting for his natural acting abilities
to be put to work appropriately. Here, he steals the scenes
he shares with Pearce. Joe's a creepy coiled snake hidden under
a thin jovial mask. We don't know what to think of his character.
is so strong a film you may actually see it twice. It's one
of those rare occasions that you'd see even more the second
time around. Fascinating.
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