Review Date: March 19, 2001
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Producers: Jennifer Todd & Suzanne Todd
Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby
Carrie-Anne Moss as Natalie
Joe Pantoliano as Teddy
Anyway, needless to say, this quandary is one that is delved into completely in this movie, and within that, the entire structure of the film is remarkable. The deconstruction of the story, the actual participation of the audience as we, essentially, learn things along with the protagonist, the suspense, the humor (yes, there are actually a few very funny moments in this movie as well) and the denouement, which boggles the mind as it unfolds, and continues to boggle as you walk out of the theatre. This is the kind of movie that'll have you talking about it all the way down the stairs, into your specific mode of transportation, out of your transport, into your house and onto the phone for even more bla-blas. The Arrow and I dissected this puppy for at least an hour after the movie, and continued to learn new things as we conversed. A triumph. A genuinely original film which makes you want to see it over and over and over again.
I don't think I've ever seen a film which gives the viewer a greater understanding of what it's like to be in the skin of the film's lead character. This movie really does make you feel like you are learning things along with the main man, and as his past begins to clear up, so do the events leading up to the film's eventual ending. Now does all that sound like an interesting idea to you? Are you grooving on that concept or does the whole thing just leave you shrugging your shoulders? Well, if you're not in the mood to think or ingest loads of information, as you struggle to hold onto the information which was passed along to you right before that, I suggest you not take part in the viewing of this film, cause you will most likely not appreciate it. But for those people, those few proud men and women, those who love to watch movies and talk movies and shit movies, I tell you, there probably isn't going to be many better films than this one this year, so buy that ticket, shut out all those external circumstances and people (in other words, don't see it in a busy theater or with someone who wants to talk crap while you watch) and get ready to allow your mind to be thoroughly f*cked through the ringer...but in a good way! :) Hitchcock and Kubrick would be proud. Thank God...this movie has single-handedly restored my hope in the rest of the films coming out this year. Woo-hoo...bring it on!