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Sunday, May 25, 2008

MEMENTO (2000)

This tricked up modern noir, with its "two steps back for every one step forward" continuity, might fall to pieces if played out in forward motion. But as a bon-bon for the USUAL SUSPECTS/'95 crowd, it easily bests that puzzle pic with characters that add up and a style of presentation & performance that are all of a piece. As the grieving widower with Post-Its & Polaroids for memory, Guy Pearce makes an impossible part work under Christopher Nolan’s confident, action-savvy helming. And the clear California shooting style (and skies) turns the typical noir gloom topsy-turvy, perfectly matching the film’s 'bassackward' narrative scheme. Just don't watch it twice.

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