100 Movies You Need to See Before You Die

Memento (2000)

Country: USA
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenwriter: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Stephen Tobolowsky

The film that cemented Christopher Nolan as an international talent was a very low budget operation that succeeded on the strength of its conceit. Memento's about a man, Leonard Shelby, who's lost the ability to create new memories. This makes it very difficult to find and catch the men who raped and killed his wife, so he uses a complex system of notes and tattoos to remind himself of his goal.

The film moves against time, unfolding in reverse chronological order. It builds to a devastating climax about coping that will leave the viewer shook long after the film has ended. —GT

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