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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.
" who is John G?"
"who killed jimmys wife"
"who used lenny to kill teddy?"
"who used lenny to kill jimmy?"
if you could answer this question you may have understood the movie(i would say most of it :))
I know a lot of people who have come away from 'Memento' saying it was too confusing, and to be honest I think that's part of the point. I've seen this film 3-4 times now, and even still I tend to doubt my hypothesis on what actually happened by the end of the film. I notice new things every time that sway my mind, and that's really what Nolan was striving for here.
Our main character, Lenny (perfectly played by Guy Pearce), is a man incapable of forming a short term memory and must rely on his notes, photographs, and tattoos to guide him along the way. He confuses easily, and even says himself that he cannot trust his own…
Just wow. That storytelling is one of the best I've ever seen - although I'm quite biased since this kind of twisted storytelling is one of my favorites.
masterpiece, must watch.
Behind the rather tiresome reverse-chronological narrative style is a very interesting examination of identity in terms of Leonard’s denial and fantasies all mixed in with the mysterious figure of Sammy Jankis. It seems a shame to me that this theme isn’t closer to the surface in a film which prefers repeated reminders of Leonard’s anterograde amnesia condition often daftly played for comedy.
first of its kind...
best screenplay and narrating..
A great piece of work.. I really admire this movie..
Es genial la forma cómo está contada la historia mediante constantes analepsis y prolepsis. Nos encontramos en cada nueva escena totalmente desconcertados, sin saber qué ha pasado antes.
Está hecho así para transmitir la misma frustración que siente el protagonista. De esta manera se logra que los espectadores se identifiquen con su problema, afrontando cada nuevo reto sin saber cómo ni por qué se ha llegado a él.
A movie that tells it's story backwards is not a new concept but it is one that is not often used, and it can lead to some good mysteries. It's a fun watch and you kinda feel sympathy to the main character. You do have to pay attention to everything because if you don't, then you won't know what is happening in the story. Is making something complicated on purpose good for a movie? Depends, in this case however, it fits because of the premise. So yeah, that's all the things I thought about this flick. If it didn't made any sense then watch the movie for yourself and see what you think of it, or don't watch the movie, you don't have to if you don't want to.
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