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A.J.'s Rating: 5 Stars  - UNFORGETTABLE
MEMENTO
Directed By:  Christopher Nolan
Written By:  Christopher Nolan
Starring:  Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior,
Stephen Tobolowsky, Harriet Sansom Harris, Callum Keith Rennie, Larry Holden, Jorja Fox
Rated:  R  (Violence / Nudity / Language)
Running Time:  116 Min.
    Memento is one of the coolest movies I have ever seen.  See it today, see it tomorrow, then see it again next week.

    This is the first time I've actually been thwarted by my own movie reviewing rules, which are to never give away anything about a film which would spoil its plot or lessen the moviegoing experience.  I've been thwarted because, were it not for these rules, I would just love writing pages and pages about how cool this film is, and why.  Unfortunately for me, I have enough respect for other moviegoers not to reveal this film's many wonders.
  
    Trust me when I say that, once you have seen this film, discussion with others who have also seen it is sure to follow.
   
    The acting in Memento is first rate, and Guy Pearce does a great job as Leonard.  Carrie-Anne Moss also turns in a good performance as Natalie, a woman who aids Leonard in his ongoing investigation.  The standout of the film is, without a doubt, Joe Pantoliano as Teddy, Leonard's persistant tag-along.
   
    Also, Nolan's direction is fantastic, and is one of the rare exceptions to Hollywood's 'never let the writer direct the film' rule, which contends that the screenwriter is too close to his own material to visualize it in a form fit for mass consumption.  The inherant complexities of Memento's story makes Nolan's directorial input not a burden, but a necessity, and the results are nothing short of magic.  Whether or not Memento is fit for mass consumption is a matter of opinion.  I would like to give movie audiences enough credit to believe that it is.
 
    Trust me when I say that, once you have seen this film, discussion with others who have also seen it is sure to follow.
   
    Memento stars Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby, a determined man who is investigating a murder case in an attempt to find a vicious killer.  The problem is that he has a rare medical condition which does not allow him to create new memories.  Unlike amnesia, Leonard remembers everything leading to the event that caused his condition, but his brain can no longer retain new experiences for more that a few minutes.  As a result, the only person he can trust is himself.  How he manages to live his life and conduct a search for the murderer are the film's major themes.
   
    Memento is one of the coolest movies I have ever seen.  See it today, see it tomorrow, then see it again next week... um, have I told you this before?
   
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April 27, 2001
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