Reviewed Jul 11, 2012
Ronan Doyle’s review:
Christopher Nolan’s journey from indie nobody to billion dollar franchise-helmer was a swift one, his debut Following released just 7 years in advance of Batman Begins. His swift ascension of the Hollywood ranks came courtesy of Memento, a film with a narrative so multifarious and magnanimous that it continues to be considered one of the all-time great mind game movies. Alternating between black and white scenes of a man taking telephone calls in a motel room and colour sequences where he continually awakens in a state of amnesia, we slowly learn more and more of this character. He is Leonard, his mind left broken after the murder of his wife, his body covered with tattooed clues as to her killer’s identity for him to re-learn each new time he awakens. As devastating in its structural agility as in the emotional implications of Guy Pearce’s incredible central performance, Memento is a film of incredible complexity, and for me still Nolan’s best.