by David Ng
If maestros of cool David Fincher and Quentin Tarantino were to collaborate on a film, the result might be something like Memento, a smart, high-concept thriller filled with plot twists, time warps, and topped off with a surprise finale that while clever, feels somewhat obligatory in our post-Usual Suspects world. First time writer/director Christopher Nolan is by no means a copycat, but like his predecessors, he is a bit of a show-off. He tells his story in reverse chronology, beginning with the end and ending with the beginning, with each scene followed by one that logically precedes it. Dizzying and wicked, Memento is more than just a stunt pulled off with incredible style: itís also a character study, or more precisely, a psychological portrait.
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