Between this and Brick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has become a force to be reckoned with.
I can see this movie being compared to Memento because the main character, Chris, is mentally and emotionally handicapped after a car accident and how he overcomes his handicap plays prominently into the outcome of the heist.
It’s a pretty straightforward noir/heist that goes wrong flim but it really carried by Gordon-Levitt’s performance. Who would have thought this would be the breakout star from 3rd Rock From The Sun. I would consider seeing anything he is in at this point.
Also, Jeff Daniels was funny as Chris’ blind roommate, Lewis.
This is a great first film by Scott Frank (he wrote the screenplays for two of my favorite films, Get Shorty and Out of Sight, both adaptations of Elmore Leonard novels). The only problem with the movie is the too neatly wrapped up ending but it is definately worth checking out.