Christopher Nolan (2000)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This dazzling, highly original "anti-thriller" has a complex, jumbled narrative that moves backwards in time. Thus we begin with the climactic murder then regress through the events that led up to it. Matters are complicated by the fact that the person investigating the killing (Guy Pearce) suffers from a rare form of amnesia, leaving him with no short-term memory. The mystery requires a lot of concentration, but the stunning final scene is ample reward. Not just an indulgence, the ingenious structure makes the point that memory, although unreliable, is what we depend upon for our sense of reality. The film brought the name of writer/director Christopher Nolan to the world's attention, and he fulfilled the promise shown here by going on to rejuvenate the Batman franchise with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.


An insurance investigator suffers from short-term memory loss after an attack in which his wife was also raped and murdered. Unable to remember events for more than a few minutes, he is determined to track down the killer and relies on copious note-taking and reminders tattooed on his body to aid his mission. Christopher Nolan's thriller, starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano and Mark Boone Jr.

Cast & Crew

Leonard Shelby Guy Pearce
Natalie Carrie-Anne Moss
Teddy Joe Pantoliano
Burt Mark Boone Junior
Sammy Jankis Stephen Tobolowsky
Mrs Jankis Harriet Sansom Harris
Dodd Callum Keith Rennie
Waiter Russ Fega
Leonard's wife Jorja Fox
Director Christopher Nolan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Oct 2000