If, on the other hand, you are open-minded, creative, and alert, you'll definitely appreciate and get a kick out of this one. But, as an avid cinephile, I promise not to do the same. The film was inspired by Christopher Nolan's Memento. You will be talking about Memento at work, at the grocery store to total strangers! Memento is one of those pictures that will have you sitting in the theater after the lights come up so you can talk to everyone else about what they thought of the movie. It was remade into a Hindi film by Murugadoss again in 2008, starring Aamir Khan with Asin playing the same role. Instead, those conceptions will be lost soon after the haunting opening credits emerge and we are transplanted directly into a deep and complex character study set against the backdrop of a local homicide mystery in a small Alaskan town. The scenes in the movie are played in reverse.
When someone knows his name, he checks Polaroids to see if he knows them. In the next scene you see a previous meeting between the two which sheds more light on their relationship. Pacino plays a detective with a history of successful apprehensions, yet, he has flaws just like any other person and they come back to haunt him. In fact, that's the whole idea. But you might get frustrated because you don't know what's going on. .
Does he like this person? This film is well-made all the way around--from the direction, to the editing, and especially the unique story that is rarely found in Hollywood these days. I couldn't be further from the truth. It too will give too much away. Overall I left the film trying to figure out what was what, and I'm still not sure. This movie has all of the qualities of classic film noir as well as the magnitude of an original, unique concept that has been tried and tired before but works here. You live the story in reverse order so that you never know more than Leonard does. Most reviews including ones on this site will tell you waaayyyy too much about the movie, and that's just plain frustrating.
This film will leave its own memento on your mind, and you'll have a hard time forgetting how much you enjoyed it. Any good story teller knows it's not what you say, but how you say it. Acting is solid across the board, as is the writing, directing, etc. Having read the reviews and talked to others who saw it, I thought that I'd go into the movie figuring everything out right away and declaring the concept unworkable. The somewhat rushed pace compared to a written format doesn't give you enough time to adequately analyze the events during the movie.
Relocated from Los Angeles to Alaska, he is sent in hopes of capturing a killer who murdered a local schoolgirl. The story and the direction are the best I've seen so far this year, and it deserves all the kudos it gets. While many might find the movie rather confusing, it flows wonderfully for anyone familiar with writing styles that constantly jump around a timeline e. He hasn't been able to form new memories since the night his wife was murdered. Portrayed for all intents and purposes backwards, it forces you to think in the same way that our lead character, Leonard Shelby Guy Pearce being more brilliant than usual does. He tries to avenge the killing with the aid of Polaroid Instant camera photographs, permanent tattoos on his body and a medical college student.
Later still you see how they met. Murugadoss Studio : Sri Saravana Creations Producer : Salem A. But was the right person killed? Since each seen lasts no more than 15 minutes before jumping back to the what happened before that, our perceptions are shattered in the same way. Afterwards, though, go and look at it--it's pretty impressive. This review may have been a little dry on the details, but go see the movie--you'll be thanking me later. This is a highly intelligent and original brain teaser that will have you guessing from beginning to end, and even afterwards.
The movie starts with a murder -- a revenge killing, in fact. You've yet to find out. Easily in my top 100 of all time……. This movie does things to your head that are illegal in some countries. Murugadoss released on 29 September 2005. Al Pacino plays another one of his droopy detectives in a role that is quite unoriginal if placed in other films.
You don't need to know anymore. By playing the scenes in reverse you experience the confusion Lenny undergoes throughout the film. Plainly put, the film tells the story of Leonard Shelby: a man who lost his short term memory in an assault where his wife was raped and murdered; now he's looking for the killer, despite his handicap. This film noir concept shouldn't work, but it does so wonderfully. He doesn't know unless he's scribbled a note. Carrie-Ann Moss gives an equally mysterious and complex performance. It was dubbed and released in Telugu by Allu Aravind in November 2005, and both versions enjoyed critical and commercial acclaim and became super hit.