All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
Woah! And I though Inception was the movie that blew my mind the most.
Rewatced with a friend.
This might be my favourite Christopher Nolan film. In addition to it's unique high concept and storytelling (which alone really elevate the work), Memento also sports a ton of thematic depth that proves more layered on every re-watch. The fact that it's never entirely sure who is and isn't trustworthy only adds to this. The performances are quiet good, the film has a good balance of drama and a hint of humour, the score is surprisingly solid, and Wally Pfister's cinematography is great even with the low budget. Nolan's authorial voice comes through strong and he adds a lot to the film. He brings the best out of everyone he's working with and makes Memento an…
Man finds and kills the man who attacked his wife. Man decides to find and kill the man who attacked his wife.
What is real? Omly what we want to be....
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Muy interesante. Original manera de abordar los entresijos de la memoria y los conflictos mentales.
Immense early thriller from Christopher Nolan. It's premise and way it's plot is presented is unique and enthralling, taking it turns with the narrative moving chronologically one way against it also going in reverse. This naturally complements the huge sense of mystery within the plot, so your hooked for the duration, fully rooting for leading man Guy Pearce who is in great form here.
tras estar acostumbrados a tener peliculas como batman de Christopher Nolan, esta película atrapa por completo nuestra atención, el juego con la memoria de su protagonista, lleva al publico a seguir una historia que no tiene un orden cronologico y por el contrario transporta la historia desde un final a lugares medios de la historia
There have been lots of films dealing with characters with mental problems but few have done it this well. Nolan's incredible narrative structure puts us right in Lenny's place, meaning the ending is just as much of a painful gut punch as it is for the character. Guy Pearce excels while both Joe Pantoliano and Carrie Anne Moss relish rare chances to work with decent material.
Nolan's breakout movie
- 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
- Pulp Fiction
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!