BY KILEY BELL
WHAT it’s about: A man named Leonard has an extreme case of memory loss and can no longer build new memories. This proves extra difficult on his quest to find out who murdered his wife, which is the last thing he can remember.
WHO’s in it: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
WHEN it came out: 2000
HOW come you haven’t heard of (or just seen) it: With the exception of L.A. Confidential, Guy Pearce was still relatively under the radar in 2000 and without big names to back it up, the film was easy to overlook. Of course, having “the woman who played Trinity” in the film a year after The Matrix came out helped it gain some buzz.
WHY you need to watch it–immediately!
- It’s a movie that will completely mess with your mind and leave you utterly confused until the last five minutes when all is finally revealed.
- You basically get to watch two movies for the price of one — the storyline follows main character Leonard on a search to find a killer, but it is intertwined with a second plot (shown in black and white), explaining a tragic story between a man named Sammy and his wife.
- So you can obnoxiously try out your best hipster impersonation by informing people that you “liked Christopher Nolan before he was cool” (Christopher Nolan directed Memento five years before starting the Dark Knight trilogy with Batman Begins).
- It will provide you with a newfound appreciation for tattoos.
- It will give you a restless night’s sleep as you lay awake for hours trying to piece the movie back together after watching the ending (although this may also be a reason not to watch the film).
A student of Centennial’s post-graduate Book and Magazine publishing program, Kiley enjoys spending most of her time crying over Tom Hanks romcoms, watching Downton Abbey and hoping that Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen continue making movies with only each other.