If ever a movie was made for DVD format, this is it. A mind-bending psychological thriller of the highest order, Memento
is the rare flick that begs to be watched repeatedly. Writer-director Christopher Nolan (Insomnia
) shakes up the concepts of time, narrative, and audience perception in a film that happens in chronologically reverse order. Leonard (Guy Pearce) survives an assault that leaves his wife dead, only to find himself with a faulty memory: he can remember all the details of his life before the assault, but can't "make new memories, everything fades." Quickly. This impairment, along with his unstoppable drive to find his wife's killer, brings Leonard into contact with people who don't always have his best interests at heart.
Though this remarkable story is told in reverse, Nolan's innovative direction maintains a rapid forward momentum that keeps the viewer on the edge of his seat, waiting for new revelations. Memento is an unsettling, eminently engrossing examination of how memory (or the lack thereof) affects our lives and our relationships. It's unique in that it reveals more layers with every viewing. And Pearce's portrayal of the confused yet totally focused Leonard is truly Oscar-worthy. --Adem Tepedelen
Memento (Widescreen Two-Disc Li