These days Christopher Nolan is regarded as one of the best directors working in the world today. However, back in 2000 he was not as well known, but his breakout film Memento changed all that, and it also proved that actor Guy Pearce was an exceptional force.
Memento is widely thought of as one of the best films of the noughties, and I agree. The stunning film, with its break the rules design and exceptionally clever story, was unlike any other film. Nolan pulled off a masterpiece, and to watch the films multiple times still offers up surprises. It’s a classic.
There is now talk of a remake as AMBI Pictures, who acquired the rights, have announced plans for an updated version. Here is what Andrea Iervolino, of AMBI Pictures, said in a statement:
“’Memento’ has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade. People who’ve seen ‘Memento’ 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. This is a quality we feel really supports and justifies a remake. The bar is set high thanks to the brilliance or [sic] Christopher Nolan, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Monika Bacardi, also of AMBI Pictures, said the following:
“Memento is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which is a testament to its daring approach. We intend to stay true to Christopher Nolan’s vision and deliver a memorable movie that is every bit as edgy, iconic and award-worthy as the original. It’s a big responsibility to deliver something that lives up to the mastery of the original, but we are extremely excited and motivated to bring this puzzle back to life and back into the minds of moviegoers.”
Memento starred Guy Pearce as a man who is tracking down his wife’s killer but suffers from a unique from of memory loss. The movie told part of its story in reverse order while another storyline was chronological. The two met at the end to devastating effect.
Memento, which was released by Newmarket Films, was nominated for best screenplay and best editing and heralded Nolan as a major talent. It grossed $25.5 million at the domestic box office, qualifying it as an indie hit, but it had an even greater impact on film lovers and moviegoers since its initial release.
Synopsis for the original film:
Leonard (Guy Pearce) is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife’s killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he’s going, or why.