Leonard Shelby (Guy Pierce) Memento (2000)
Leonard suffers from antereograde amnesia, a condition which stops him forming new memories. This makes the hunt for his wife’s killer ‘John G’ a bit difficult because he keeps forgetting stuff, like where he's just been, which of his purses is for his pension money, etc.
Trying to keep track of the facts with tattoos, polaroids and notes, it turns out he’s been hunting and killing various John G’s for months, only to forget again and begin his quest for revenge anew.
Cool Tattoos! Factor: 9
No Idea What’s Happening? Rating: 10
Sleuth Factor: 9
Dr. Edwardes, John Brown/Ballantine (Gregory Peck) Spellbound (1945)
Perhaps best remembered for the Salvador Dali-designed dream sequences, Spellbound is a complex piece of work, but a relative stroll around the block compared to Memento.
John Brown is accused of murdering Dr. Edwardes and taking his place. Using psychoanalysis and Ingrid Bergman, Brown works out that he didn’t actually kill the man, and tracks down the real killer.
Dream Interpretation Ability: 9
Boy, Dali Was A Sick Puppy Rating: 10
Sleuth Factor: 10