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Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential) and Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix) shine in this absolute stunner of a movie. Memento combines a bold, mind-bending script with compelling action and virtuoso performances. Pearce plays Leonard Shelby, hunting down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The problem is that "the incident" that robbed Leonard of his wife also stole his ability to make new memories. Unable to retain a location, a face, or a new clue on his own, Leonard continues his search with the help of notes, Polaroids, and even homemade tattoos for vital information.

Because of his condition, Leonard essentially lives his life in short, present-tense segments, with no clear idea of what's just happened to him. That's where Memento gets really interesting; the story begins at the end, and the movie jumps backward in 10-minute segments. The suspense of the movie lies not in discovering what happens, but in finding out why it happened. Amazingly, the movie achieves edge-of-your-seat excitement even as it moves backward in time, and it keeps the mind hopping as cause and effect are pieced together.

Pearce captures Leonard perfectly, conveying both the tragic romance of his quest and his wry humor in dealing with his condition. He is bolstered by several excellent supporting players, and the movie is all but stolen from him by Pantoliano, who delivers an amazing performance as Teddy, the guy who may or may not be on his side. Memento has an intriguing structure and even meditations on the nature of perception and meaning of life if you go looking for them, but it also functions just as well as a completely absorbing thriller. It's rare to find a movie this exciting with so much intelligence behind it. --Ali Davis

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (DTS), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Commentary by: director Christopher Nolan
  • Mindbenders and Challenges Designed by Nolan to Unlock Disc Features
  • "Anatomy of a Scene" Sundance Channel Documentary
  • Director's Shooting Script with annotations to switch between script and scenes in the movie
  • Original Short Story By Jonathan Nolan
  • Production Stills and Sketches

Cast

Guy PearceLeonard Shelby
Carrie-Anne MossNatalie
Joe PantolianoTeddy Gammell
Mark Boone JuniorBurt
Russ FegaWaiter
Jorja FoxLeonard's Wife
Stephen TobolowskySammy Jankis
Harriet Sansom HarrisMrs. Jankis
Thomas LennonDoctor
Callum Keith RennieDodd
Kimberly CampbellBlonde
Marianne MuellerleileTattoist
Larry HoldenJimmy

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  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 116 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 16, 2001
    EuropeOct 20, 2000
    JapanNov 3, 2001
    AustraliaApr 12, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    JapanPG-12
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaAug 15, 2006
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 4, 2001
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