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MEMENTO REVIEW-A-PALOOZA

Movie Review by:
Jim "Good Old JR" Rutkowski and Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Written & Directed by:
Christopher Nolan (adapted from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan)
Starring:
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Running time:
114 minutes
Released:
limited release: 06/16/01
Rated R for violence, language and some drug content.
Movie Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
(****
stars out of 4)

"He keeps us off balance because Pierce is always off balance."
One of the best (if not the best) films of the year. Adapted by Christopher Nolan (from a short story by his brother) and directed by him as well. L.A. Confidential's Guy Pearce plays an insurance investigator who suffers from a unique condition; he can't make new memories due to an injury sustained during his wife's murder. Due to this condition he is manipulated by just about everyone in the film including the Matrix'

Carrie Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano as he attempts to find the killer. Piece is constantly carrying a camera to photograph wherever he's been and is covered with tattoos that allow him to remember clues discovered along the way. Memento begins at the ending (we think) and dances back through time to show us how we all got here. Nolan never lets us get too comfortable during the film; he starts scenes after things have happened then rewinds it for us. He keeps us off balance because Pierce is always off balance. It is very important that we pay attention because if we don't then we might miss something. Memento is a lot like The Usual Suspects or Sixth Sense; you have to keep your eye on everything that happens. If you don't then you'll have to see it twice or bring a friend so you have someone to discuss it with over coffee.

Movie Review by: Jim "Good Old JR" Rutkowski.
(****
stars out of 4)

"Daring and original"
Amazing film that is told in reverse, about short term memory loss, betrayal and obsession. See this with friends and I guarantee you will spend the evening discussing it. In a time when films are depressingly predictable, here's one that keeps the viewer guessing. Daring and original. One of the year's best.

MEMENTO 2001 Newmarket Films
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Review 2010 Alternate Reality, Inc.

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