From director Christopher Nolan, a unique and intriguing thriller that begins with the ultimate act of revenge and backtracks through time to reveal the shocking and provocative reasons behind it. Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) remembers everything up to the night his wife was brutally raped and murdered. But since that tragedy, he has suffered from short-term memory loss and cannot recall any event, the places he has just visited or anyone he has met just minutes before. Determined to find out why his wife was killed, the only way he can store evidence is on scraps of paper, by taking Polaroid photos and tattooing vital clues on his body. Throughout his investigation, he appears to have the help of both bartender Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss), who may have her own secret agenda and police officer Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) whose friendship is always suspect. As Shelby's fractured memory tries to piece together a chilling jigsaw of deceit and betrayal in reverse, breathtaking twists and surprising turns rapidly occur in the most challenging, original and critically acclaimed thriller in years.
Christopher Nolan has been lauded for this direction in which every scene precedes the previous one. Stepping backwards towards the beginning in such a way as to reveal more. The credit however must surely go almost entirely to his brother Jonathan who wrote it. Guy Pearce is fantastic. The subtlety of portraying a man with no memory is done perfectly. The end of the film (the beginning of the plot) was a bit of a let down, neither satisfying nor believable. For the film connoisseur, a must.
This film is intriguing. Its appeal lies in the way it challenges the viewer to work out what has happened - in reverse. Guy Pearce convincingly plays a man with short-term memory loss and conveys the sense of confusion and terror that goes with his condition. Whether the film raises more questions that it answers is something that the viewer will have to ask him/herself at the end, but overall I enjoyed it.