Movie remakes can be the bane of one’s existence, especially when it comes to remaking something as original and innovative as a film like Memento. The 2001 film, which was Christopher Nolan‘s second directorial effort, earned Oscar nominations for Best Writing and Best Editing, and is now heading for the remake treatment.
Memento starred Guy Pearce as the lead protagonist who is unable to form short-term memory, forcing him to tattoo clues on his body in an effort to solve his wife’s murder. But what made the film earn its Best Editing nomination was how it was presented. Audiences see the film spilt into two different parts, in a series of black-and-white scenes presented chronologically, but on the other end of that spectrum, series of color sequences are shown in reverse order.
Memento Netflix Streaming DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior, Jorja Fox, Stephen Tobolowsky
Originally Released: September 5, 2000
Christopher Nolan has a magnetic touch for filmmaking. His resultant products as director are always compelling viewing and – perhaps the more important aspect – make for incredible rewatchability. His movie, Memento, written by Nolan and based on a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan, is no exception to this rule, and is conceivably one of the finest mystery and mindfuck movies ever made.
But where and how to start reviewing Memento…? I have lost count of the times I’ve watched this movie, but the convolutions throughout the plot make it exceptionally difficult to review without revealing key plot points, revelations, and, for lack of a better idiom, spoilers.
All I can really say at this point is that if you have not seen this movie before, cease reading right now and go and watch it. I mean it! Stop reading my drool here and get over to Netflix and watch the damn thing.
For those incredulous, read on, but be warned: there may be spoilers in these here waters…