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5 /10
Average Rating
8.06 /10
Guy Pearce, Joe Pantoliano, Carrie-Anne Moss
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Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Written by: Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan

Released: 2000
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 113

A thriller which reveals its plot backwards, as an amnesiac (Guy Pearce, pictured right) kills a man (Joe Pantoliano, pictured left) who he believes to have raped and murdered his wife. Gradually we, if not the amnesiac, piece together the reasons why.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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This thriller by Christopher Nolan, a young British writer-director working in America, impressed quite a few critics. It certainly starts from a promising idea, reminiscent of Stephen Sondheim's musical Merrily We Roll Along and Harold Pinter's Betrayal. It would all be a lot more impressive if the explanation were genuinely thrilling, or pacy, or made sense. I was left baffled at the motivation of both the dead man and the femme fatale (Carrie-Anne Moss from The Matrix) who help the leading man along the way. It's initially intriguing but ultimately unrewarding, like trying to solve a crossword puzzle set by a dyslexic.

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