The non-linear storyline of the film is great. That is undeniable. It is an extremely interesting way of telling the story. The issue is that the story isn't that great without the nonlinear perspective. It's a fairly run-of-the-mill revenge film. I think that makes the film gimmicky. Sure, the characters are interesting enough, but the thing that really draws attention to the film isn't the story itself: it's the way in which it is presented.
The acting of the film is pretty good. Joe Pantoliano is great. I also liked the editing of the film and the cinematography. There were a few things that I thought were weird with its sound design, but those are excusable.
So overall, in no way am I calling "Memento" a bad movie. I actually like it. I'm just saying that it wouldn't be as good if it wasn't nonlinear.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.