2. Memento

Written by Christopher Nolan (based on a short story by Jonathan Nolan)

A man juggles searching for his wife’s murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.

Why It’s Innovative: If the script scenes were displayed in general chronological order, this might have been just a somewhat unique take on a “Who Done It?” mystery, but the story called for a unique character that only could remember things thanks in due part to tattooed reminders all over his body. And because of this, Nolan was able to offer probably the most innovative usages of structure the cinema has ever seen as the story plays from end to beginning in short fragments to replicate the memory loss of the protagonist.

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