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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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…
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.
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…
Up until today my favourite Nolan film would've been The Prestige but this re-watch has been quite an experience and I will gladly become part of the crowd that considers this his greatest achievement. Memento is a far more personal film than his big blockbusters, a fairly confined thriller with an interesting storytelling device that proves to have high rewatchability and if enough time has passed to be just as (or in my case even more) surprising and captivating as the last time around. Many years have passed and when I sat down to watch it I wasn't sure if it would hold up but it is so well-crafted and nuanced that it reveals itself more the more you see…
I start praising the script and the editing of the film, really left me speechless the best psychological thriller I've seen so far in my life, the Nolan brothers made a work of art such a delicacy best with this movie.
It has that flavor to black cinema, its reverse chronology, the suspense, the fact that the story and characters completely catch you and end at all expected, makes one as a spectator this constantly reviewing the situation and looking for a way to give sequences a mental link.
From the best films I've seen so far and I repeat it is a work of art from the Nolan brothers
Comienzo alabando el guion y la edicion de la pelicula, realmente me dejo sin palabras el mejor thiller psicologico que he visto hasta ahora en mi vida, los hermanos Nolan hicieron una obra de arte mejor dicho una exquisitez con esta pelicula.
Tiene ese sabor al cine negro, su cronologia inversa, su suspenso, el hecho de que la historia y los personajes te atrapan por completo y un final para nada esperado, hace que uno como espectador este constantemente reexaminando la situacion y buscando una manera de darle un enlace mental a las secuencias.
De las mejores peliculas que he visto hasta ahora y repito es una obra de arte de parte de los hermanos Nolan.
Maybe Christopher Nolans most important film!
What a film. Five stars.
I often feel like I'm a bad person. I guess we all do, but I feel like I do more than most. Perhaps that's selfish. Perhaps that's a self fulfilling prophecy. Hell, it's probably both.
Because it's simple. It's smartly constructed and never loses track of the central idea. Nolan is a filmmaker who, at his best, proves clarity is not the enemy of complexity - indeed it is it's closest ally. The rails are there, and they're perfectly straight lines. They're just designed a little differently to the ones we're used to. His most muddled, confusing work is The Dark Knight Rises, and that's a straightforward superhero tale. Memento, however, is a clear and…
Stunning modern noir which came from nowhere to make Christopher Nolan's career and become one of the finest films of the decade (as it was also one of the earliest, it shows that many similar imitators that sprung up in its path such as The Machinist just couldn't match up).
Far from being 'that gimmicky movie that goes backwards', Nolan and his brother's script is a tight MC Escher-esque overlapping delight which toes a tight line between being wilfully obtuse yet simple enough to follow on first view. Moss and Pantaliano give effective performances, but Pearce is jaw-dropping, giving depth and texture to what could have become a stock character and plot device.
Crisply shot by Wally Pfister, and with a brilliant moody and haunting score, Nolan's calling card remains his most effective and satisfying movie - with a shocking twist that matches anything Fincher and his contemporaries have come up with.
I'm not used to writing reviews, but I felt the urgency to write something about Memento, as I feel it is simply a unique experience which was (and still is) able to give me shivers like almost anything else. Of course it would be impossible not to mention the brilliant narrative structure, but this film has so many strenghts that it's difficult to coldly and rationally analyze all of them.
The variety of moods through which Memento goes is impressive: there are lots of slow, introspective moments, as well as fast, frantic scenes, but everything flows smoothly, as there is a continuous bitter atmosphere which covers the whole film. The first thoughtful and mysterious sequences are haunting, they perfectly manage…
Christopher Nolan's breakout movie, this brilliant, mind-bending movie demands to be seen more than once...heck, more than five times! This is easily Guy Pearce's best role, and the way Nolan's script and direction twist and turn essentially make Memento worth remembering (see what I did there?).
This film was like "OH MY GOD WHAAAAAAT" on the first watch but, for some reason, we decided to check out the Easter Egg today and watch it in chronological order. That made it less "OH MY GOD WHAAAAAAT" and more "oh my god mehhh". I do not recommend watching it in chronological order. It was kind of boring. I was bored.