Guy Pearce plays Leonard Shelby, a former
I. N. S. investigator who was hit on the head during the rape
and murder of his wife and cannot remember anything with no short-term
memory at all.
The movie starts with the last scene first
and works backwards until it gets to the first scene. Sounds
confusing? Well it is, but is also a very very fascinating idea.
It completely captures your attention and
keeps you thinking, trying to figure things out.
is a very challenging movie, but even more rewarding. Not a whodoneit,
How good is your memory?
a terrific small film with an unusual structure--it is told backwards,
from conclusion to beginning in short overlapping sequences.
Our hero, a man with short-term memory
loss, must take Polaroids to remember faces and write notes to
remember anything else.
A tense piece of film noir, well worth
Now how good is your memory?
is literally structured backwards and tells its story in reverse,
forcing the viewer to figure out what is happening.
The star's short-term memory flickers simultaneously
backwards and forwards like a busted stop watch, endlessly resetting
itself to zero.
This psychological thriller becomes a complicated
puzzle. I liked the first hour, but became irritated with reverse
storytelling, especially when I realized there would be no logical
order to anything in this film.