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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 am fascinated with Christopher Nolan.
Though I still think "The Dark Knight" is one of the most overrated films ever made, I am starting to become a Nolan fan. I recently watched "The Prestige" and completely loved it. I just watched Nolan's breakthrough feature for the first time and was not disappointed.
This film is absolutely brilliant. It feels like solving a puzzle where the pieces move on their own, forcing you to reconsider all that you've seen with each new development.
The story is about a man who has no long term memory tries to piece together his life and finds things are not as they seem. This movie has really clever writing and great acting.
"Oh I guess I'm chasing this guy... Oh wait no he's chasing me."
Christopher Nolan knows how to get in to your head (and that's not an Inception pun). Here we see Nolan doing what he does best, which is captivating audiences with another mind boggling thriller that forces you to struggle to keep up.
For me the format of this film along with it's various twists and turns and relatable characters makes Memento more captivating than anything Nolan has done before. I might not go so far as to say it's his best, but I certainly wouldn't judge anybody with that opinion.
There was no aspect to this film I didn't like, the underrated Guy Pearce and a handful…
Honestly, it's probably one of the most smartly crafted films I've seen. One of Nolan's fans, and it's up there as one of my favorite films.
Einer meiner Lieblingsfilme, verliert nach dem ca. 7. Mal sehen aber leider etwas an Bedeutung, kleinere Logikfehler fallen auf. Muss ich leider auf 9 abwerten. ;-)
I'm so not used to thrillers like this! It's so weird to see things break down and mash up in post, without getting psychedelic at all. Just metal, ill. I guess that's what the genre is, and I've never been around it.
The times I were chilled were outweighed by the cheesiness of a lot of the transitions and solo talking points from Guy Ritchie. It felt a lot like Twin Peaks, which I'm getting into at the same time as watching this. That's good. That reassures me that the melodrama and overplayed foreshadowing are recognized and nobody tries to cover up the cheesiness and [spoiler] lame [/spoiler] suspense. These things are unavoidable with thrillers just like every genre has…
I've seen it a few times before but I didn't remember much.
As with any Nolan-written film, Memento is not invincible to criticism, as good a film as it is. You miss the plot holes the first few times you see it, just trying to keep track of all the items of intrigue. Nolan films are typically best on their initial viewings. The plot sort of whirlpools itself out of it's own existence, and can lose a viewer's care and attention once it gets too lopsided. But it so grabs the same viewer when you finally understand what Memento is doing, by telling it's story from beginning and end toward the middle. The performances are powerful, Pearce does an amazing job, and as always, Nolan's directorial skill far outdoes his ability to…
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