It is one of Christopher Nolan’s best films. A thriller with a character whose not your type of character for thrillers. He has short-term memory loss, so the only way to remember is take polaroid photos/notes/tattoos.
Based on a short story by Jonathan Nolan (who will later co-write screenplays with his brother for The Prestige and The Dark Knight), and stars Guy Pearce in one of his most interesting performances in his career. Weird having, coincidentally, Joe Pantoliano and Carrie-Anne Moss in the film when a year earlier made the sci-fi cult classic, The Matrix. But they all make really good performances.
What this film is known for is the narrative; the scenes in colour are told backward and the scenes in black & white are told from the beginning. The first viewing is always an experience to remember, and makes you want a second viewing to further understand the story.
What I always remember from this film is Christopher Nolan’s brilliantly written dialogue. Especially the scene where Leonard (Guy Pearce) is lying in bed, and talks about how he’d like to remember his wife and have her back but knows he’s been alone. “So how I can heal? How am I supposed to heal if I can’t. . . . feel time?”, much deserved to have been nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar! David Julyan’s music is rightly balanced, and goes with the tone of the story and the events happening in the film.
Overall, a terrific thriller. Simple, but edited to make it more interesting and gripping.