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The Hollywoodization of an illness
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written by PotatoesBrowning October 6, 2002 - 4:34 PM PDT
5 out of 21 members found this review helpful
What we have here is a Hollywood movie (with a capital "H") masquerading as an indie film; an offering that hangs so desperately to its flashback gimmick it's painful to watch. Clove cigarette-smoking art house types are taking a look at this confusing mess and lining up to sing its praises, probably quietly telling themselves that since it is so incomprehensible, it must be deep. I'm afraid that's a case of "The Emperor has no clothes," because it's not. Take it from a real life caregiver for an Alzheimer?s patient, one cannot suffer from short term memory loss, then go drive around on a mission in a high-end sports car, dressed in flashy clothes, showing off a just-so haircut, rub elbows with dangerous underworld figures, and sleep with a beautiful Irish American bartender. The world--and mental illness-doesn't work that way. Hollywood should probably continue to stick to what it does best: movies about car chases, shoot-outs, and sexy cheerleaders.

Playing with our minds
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written by hneline1 July 21, 2002 - 12:30 AM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This is a mesmerizing film that plays with our minds, where what we see and assume may not be reality. Director Christopher Nolan does a great job telling the story backwards while dropping just enough hints to keep us guessing until the end (or the beginning, as it were). Similar to other great films that play with memory, psychology and reality ( Sixth Sense, The Usual Suspects, Roshomon), you'll want to view it again. Also, the DVD contains a good interview with the director and other nice extras.

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