Memento is a remarkably layered psychological-puzzle film that explores the narrative possibilities of noir, at once turning its detective into a surrogate for the viewer while forcing the viewer to embark on the same kind of sleuthing its main character is up to. Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) is a former insurance investigator who, since his wife's rape and apparent murder, has suffered from a condition that renders him unable to form new memories. Despite his affliction, he's vowed to find his wife's killer and keeps track of his search with scribbled notes, Polaroids, clues tattooed on his body, and sheaves of documents. But as this original, intense, and widely acclaimed film progresses, everything Leonard holds as fact is undermined in a heart-pounding narrative that will keep audiences guessing until the final reel—and beyond.
Also offered in this edition is the screenplay for Following, Christopher Nolan's critically acclaimed debut. This film follows an aspiring writer who finds an unlikely ally in a burglar who claims he breaks into houses only to experience other people's lives.
Finally, along with both screenplays, there is an interview with Christopher Nolan and Jeremy Theobald (in which they talk to James Mottram about the making of Following) as well as a jointly composed piece by Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan (author of the story on which Memento was based) in which they recall the conception of the film.