[Quick Summary: A man who has lost his short term memory tattoos clues on his body, & wakes up each morning hoping to solve the mystery of who killed his wife.]
Um, this script is gut-wrenchingly raw. For that reason, I found it hard to read.
Yet I powered through because:
1) It's told backwards, which is risky, & I wanted to see how it's done; and
2) On p.3, Leonard (the lead) reminds himself to kill Teddy (who seems to be a friend, but maybe not). I couldn't shake the need to resolve this conflict.
For the rest of the script, this conflict builds & builds. I had to finish the script to find out what Teddy did to Leonard.
I can't say I understand Leonard 100%, but I did see his reasoning & that was satisfying.
WHAT I LEARNED: To build conflict, hand out bigger & bigger pieces of the puzzle.
Especially give glimpses of WHY a character makes the decisions he does.
by Christopher Nolan