Leonard Shelby: How am I supposed to heal if I cant… feel time?
Guy Pearce plays Leonard who is kinda stuck in a strange state of mind because of his condition whereas he cannot make new memories. Everything seems to run backward, as compared to the logical norm.
It is one of those films that the subject is greatly interesting and the executions is perfectly suitable for it. The movie chronological order seems to move in two separate directions: forward and backward. The end result is to get the very twist of the plot, which happens somewhere in the middle of the story, exposed toward the end of the movie. This way it really emphasizes the twist versus the result as compared to the traditional chronological order of movie making.
It is a great movie in term of capturing your attention. It really wants your concentration in every single scene to figure out the scattering clues as well as plays trick with your mind: makes believe that you are in Leonard’s head.
Guy Pearce was awesomely great and the rest of the cast was equally amazing. Love both Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano (who I happened to saw at a west village tea shop couple months ago.. hehe!). I also want to mention the performance of Harriet Sansom Harris, she really made the scene between her and Leonard.
This is the tragedy of life. Because for a few minutes of every day, every man becomes a genius. Moments of clarity, insight, whatever you want to call them. The clouds part, the planets get in a neat little line, and everything becomes obvious. I should quit smoking, maybe, or here’s how I could make a fast million, or such and such is the key to eternal happiness. That’s the miserable truth. For a few moments, the secrets of the universe are opened to us. Life is a cheap parlor trick.
Now, go watch the dang movie, stream it on Netflix!!