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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Great film. The way it would periodically show the past and how each of those scenes would lead up to a segment of the past it has already shown, as in showing you what lead up to that segment, was awesome. It would keep expanding and you find out more about the past while also realizing what is happening in the present. Very well made film.
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.
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.