Recently I had the pleasure of watching, for the first time, a film titled Memento, a psychological thriller directed and written by Christopher Nolan, based on the short story Memento Mori by his brother Jonathan Nolan. This movie wastes no time taking you into the life of the protagonist Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), a man suffering from anterograde amnesia, a condition that makes him unable to create new memories.
Leonard Shelby (often referred to as Lenny from unidentified persons until the end of the film) goes to great lengths to identify and discover the man who raped and murdered his wife, which is the same event that leads to his inability to create new memories. Although as dark as that plot summary may sound the movie focuses more on Leonard’s condition and they ways he attempts to trigger his position on people he interacts with. Mainly Polaroid shots on the likes of which he jots down notes and more notably himself, in which he tattoos clues and what he believes to be facts about the man who murdered his wife. What I really enjoyed about this movie is in many instances you plunge right into the middle of a gunfight or chase and you are just as confused as Leonard is, until the movie progressed where you continue to learn the meaning of such things and pity poor Leonard who, if it weren’t for his memory techniques, would be completely clueless to any event that happened before he suffered from anterograde amnesia. (more…)