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Some memories are best forgotten.
Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby snaps Polaroids of people and places, jotting down contextual notes on the backs of photos to aid in his search and jog his memory. He even tattoos his own body in a desperate bid to remember.
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An unforgettable journey into the mind of a man with no memory, Memento is one of the most original, fun, inventive, intriguing & puzzling brain-teasers of all time that will have its viewers guessing from the very beginning to the very end & even afterwards. Having gained a significant cult following over the years, Christopher Nolan's breakthrough feature beautifully exhibits his incredible talent as a storyteller & remains one of the finest features of his illustrious film career.
Divided into 2 adjacent timelines which periodically alternate throughout its runtime, Memento tells the story of Leonard Shelby; an ex-insurance detective who is suffering from short-term memory loss which leaves him incapable of building new memories and has to rely on notes & tattoos as reminders.…
How well-developed must a story be to be able to tell it backwards? I'd say pretty well.
I can't specify what really caught me in this movie (I tend to only give 5 stars to films that I feel an exciting, intimate connection with), but it was just perfect from beginning to end. After the first five minutes, I was hooked and greedily staring at the screen. I wanted to know more. Guy Pearce's character - Lenny - is loveable and very easy to relate to. In fact, after giving it a thought or two, I decided that if the story was told in chronological order, he wouldn't be so likeable in my eyes, as at the end - or…
I believe I mentioned in my original review, that this is the film that introduced me to Nolan. I've been a fan ever since.
Memento is several things. It's a mystery, a thriller, a mind fuck, but I think it's best described simply as modern noir. The Main character Leonard has a condition that causes him to have no short term memory. He uses notes and tattoos his body to try and piece together the events that led to his injury and who is responsible. This proves no easy task, and has many twists and turns. Guy Pearce is perfect in this role, as it really makes you see how bad it would suck to have his condition. The atmosphere…
After the awful experience I had rewatching Inception (review is here ) I felt the need to see if I still liked Memento.
I did. I even liked it better.
The argument surrounding this film will always be about the necessity of the shape it is moulded in. Does it need the topsy turvy narrative? Well, no. But it is marvellous to behold anyway.
The story in itself is rather simple and that's the main reason why the reversed chronology works. The drive the main character has is obvious and easy to relate to, which places us directly beside him, involving us in his quest.
The slow unravelling of the plot is fantastic in any order. It is just very…
I love it. I had not seen it since The Prestige first came out and it has only become more clear how great of a debut it is. There are stunningly modern neo-noir themes unmatched over a decade later. Memento still stands above all noir to come out since (not that there's many contenders). I find it hard to imagine a 21st century filmmaker who has even attempted to write something this dense with mystery. Take away the accomplishments of Tarantino, P.T. Anderson and maybe a few I can't find off the top of my head and I think Nolan is morphing a career richer than most filmmakers today. Now that he's done with superheros, it's really going to be a treat where he goes next.
I've heard plenty of great things about this movie from fellow film fans, but It took me THIS damn long to finally see it. I'm glad I finally did too.
+ Love that the movie plot goes in reverse.
+ Excellent acting from Guy Pierce.
+ Excellent directing from Nolan.
- I was a little confused in the beginning.
Definitely worth a watch!
Directing - ★★★★★
Acting - ★★★★½
Writing - ★★★★★
Cinematography - ★★★★
Music/Score - ★★
Editing - ★★★★½
Sound - ★★★★
Who would have ever thought that the man who directed this would go on to make such big budget films that are towering hits and he would go to be able to make any he wants to in the eyes of WB. I hope that in the future he will team back up with Guy and they will make another lower budget film that will be as good as this film is. This film should not work nearly as well as it does but the editing in this film is flawless because we are in the mind of Lenny and don't know what is going on for half the film and once we do, we are as shocked as we should be. The script is pretty brilliant in my opinion and it is a pretty terrific film that has aged rather well and let a man make the kind of movies he wanted to.
Great movie and what made me love watch Guy Pierce in movies.
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A perfect film for a bad day.
While incredibly hard to follow at points, Memento is still a very solid and highly unique crime thriller with a strong performance from Guy Pearce, perfect direction from Christopher Nolan and a great twist ending.
Why is this all backwards? It's does nothing for the story, it makes the pacing awkward, and it's just annoying.
One of Christopher Nolan's best films. At first, I really didn't get the hang of the moving backwards plot, but damn, Nolan loves to have that cliffhanger. But, of course, if you've really paid attention, we all know what this film was all about.
Brilliant editing. Nice actors. Juxtaposition of past and present meeting in the middle was precisely woven. I wish I could see more of these types of films.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!