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There are certain movies that stand out and remain with you long after watching them. Memento is one such film. Directed by Christopher Nolan, this is a suspense thriller with an interesting twist. The entire film is shot in reverse in small increments of time. The actual plot of the movie isn’t all that unique in itself. Guy Pearce plays a husband out to find out the truth about his wife’s death. During the home invasion that killed his wife Leonard (Pearce) sustains brain damage that prevents him from forming new memories. This is the reason for the film being shot in reverse order. The viewers struggle along with Leonard as he tries to piece together clues that he leaves for himself and decide who can be trusted and who is out to betray him.

Memento is filled with twists and turns that will keep viewers guessing until the very end. It is a unique sort of movie on par with the Sixth Sense or Fight Club, once you know the secret you’ll want to watch it again. Despite it’s essentially generic plot the way the film is shot is a great lesson in storytelling that gets far less credit than it deserves.

Daniel Hayden

Reviewed by Daniel on 01 May 2012

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