Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest of vengeance to find out who murdered his wife. His pursuit is compounded by the rare and untreatable form of memory loss he suffers from. Shelby uses notes and tattoos to aid his trip (and ours) down his memory lane.
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There are a few of us that wished Nolan hadn't wasted his time on the Batman crap. 'Following' was quite good, and this one made use of a great group of actors at the top of their game. I think you have to give it to Pantoliano for being the glue that kept the whole thing working. For some reason it doesn't seem to reward multiple viewings.
On a rewatch, I admire the film's complicated structure; as a director, Nolan is a great ideas man and cinematic architect. However. the same problem with his other films exists - empathy or emotion are virtually nonexistant. Nolan is a great designer of a film's 'blueprint', a fitting metaphor considering Inception but don't expect any sort of emotional connection to the film even if its despising the characters.
A vicarious experimental experience, subjecting the spectator to Lenny's short-term memory loss ('condition'), through the non-linear unravelling of the narrative. Dramatic irony is reversed, suddenly characters know more than Lenny and the audience. Enthralling and unique.
Very original, complex and thrilling. It might seems confusing at first.. but as long as you keep up to the story and get the hang of it, it's satisfying! It's actually intelligently enough that you will never get totally lost. I can't believe its actually delivers backwards! MIND BLOWING!
I love the way the form mirrors the content in this. Chris Nolan likes to play with the subjectivity inherent in film. The flash frame of Leonard in the mental ward suggests that we're just witnesses to the sick fantasy within his mind. Along with Se7en, I think this is one of the definitive 'neo-noirs.' The industrial settings, economic scale, along with the usual tropes, give this a throwback feel.