Memento is one of those movies that changes you and the way you perceive movies forever. If you have ever watched this piece of art you know exactly what I mean when I say it's a life changer. I still remember the first time I saw it in high school, I became so fascinated with the non-linear structure it had. The film is meant for multiple viewings, so if you haven't seen it once, prepare to see it multiple times when you do. The movie deals with a guy trying to solve the identity of his wife's murderer, while also dealing with his short term memory loss. This is all presented to us just as the protagonist perceives the world. Fifteen years later, I felt like it was time to go down memory lane and see what the cast has been up to.
Leonard (Guy Pearce)
We were all Leonard in a sense while watching Memento. We were right there with him collecting the clues and trying to piece it all together. Leonard, of course, was played by Guy Pearce, who I believe did a phenomenal job at portraying such a tortured soul. In the movie, we see how much he is struggling to get to the bottom of it all and you're just there wishing he does end up where he needs to be. It's now been 15 years since Guy Pearce played the character and since then, he has done multiple films. The most notable ones being in Prometheus and Iron Man 3 just to name a few. His most recent work out is the film, Genius, alongside Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, which should be out this summer.
Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss)
Natalie was the bartender that Leonard met. Together, she helped him uncover whats going on with all the twists and turns that was thrown at him. The character was played by Carrie-Anne Moss, who already had a pretty established career before the film. If you're thinking to yourself right now "why does she look so familiar" then you might be thinking about her role as Trinity in the Matrix Trilogy. Her most recent roles include Jeryn Hogarth in Jessica Jones and she will also be in the upcoming thriller, The Bye Bye Man, later this year.
Teddy (Joe Pantoliano)
Teddy was the guy we just couldn't trust but you just couldn't figure out why until the end. Joe Pantoliano did a great job at bringing the character of Teddy to life and making him the guy you just didn't know what to think of. The actor has had an illustrious 40 plus year in both movies and TV and is still going strong with it. Joe has appeared in movies like Daredevil and Bad Boy II, but also TV shows such as The Sopranos and Sense8. It doesn't end there for Joe, as he has also been a voice actor in games series such as Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty, talk about doing it all.
If we're talking about Memento, then we of course have to mention Christopher Nolan-the man behind the camera. This is where he was first introduced into the mainstream and really became a household name. It wouldn't be until six years later that Nolan would tackle his biggest project to date, Batman. Christopher Nolan went on to make two more sequels to Batman and revolutionized the superhero genre, while delivering two superb sci-fi films (Interstellar, Inception) in the process. I believe we have only seen the beggining from Christopher Nolan and will continue to see a lot more soon. In the mean time, we can only wait for his next feature film, Dunkirk, which will be out next year.
Memento is still one of the most talked about films of the last 20 years and it rightfully deserves to be. It came out during a time where mostly blockbusters were dominating the scene and really changed the game in story telling. The film made the viewer think and it presented a unique look at what can be accomplished by the filmmaker. If you still haven't seen Memento as of this moment, I suggest you do so and enjoy it.