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Point blank in the head a man shoots another. In flashbacks, each one earlier in time than what we've just seen, the two men's past unfolds. Leonard, as a result of a blow to thehead during an assault on his wife, has no short-term memory. He's looking for his wife's killer, compensating for his disability by taking Polaroids, annotating them, and tattooing important facts on his body. We meet the loquacious Teddy and the seductive Natalie (a barmaid who promises to help),and we glimpse Leonard's wife through memories from before the assault. Leonard also talks about Sammy Jankis, a man he knew with a similar condition. Has Leonard found the killer? What's going on?
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For those who don't know, "Memento" is a story of a man who loses his wife in a rape attack inside their home, pledging that he will track down a murderer for revenge and peace of mind. The main problem is that Lenny (Guy Peirce), after the attack, was left with a problem in that he cannot retain any long term memories. Well that's one brief summary of how to look at it, but there are others. Indeed this film is excellent and played with my emotions, emotions of sympathy, anger and questioning my own morals and judgments. Peirce is exceptional as the lead, and the characters that come into contact with him also give fine performances (notably Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano). Focusing on the problem of losing a memory after approximately 15 minutes, we begin to appreciate just how frustrating Lennys plight is.
The film is beautifully shot and the editing and photography is even better. The best part: the film starts at the end and works it way to a middle point. That's because when the film comes to its end you really don't know if it's the beginning since you don't know what Leonard (Guy Pierce) did before arriving at an isolated place. This film can really be seen as reminiscent of the film style of Film Noir.Read more ›
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, 113 minutes
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring Guy Pearce, Joe Pantoliano and Carrie-Anne Moss
"What's the last thing you remember?
I remember watching Memento on cable and buying it a few days later. It was such an original way of telling a story that I was excited to show it to my friends at the earliest opportunity.
They hated it.
The opening scene shows Leonard Shelby (Pearce) killing Teddy (Pantoliano), but that scene is actually how the story ends. Leonard suffered a head injury when his wife was murdered by intruders and hasn't been able to form short-term memories since the event. He remembers everything up to that point, such as who he is and what he did for a living, but can't build new memories.
What would it be like to wake up every day and wonder where you were? What are you supposed to be doing that day?
In order to place the viewer in a similar position, Nolan tells the story in reverse. We see events unfold and new information is introduced each time. The information changes our perceptions of the events we have already seen and the people we have already met. Who can Leonard trust? How can he keep the information readily available if he's going to forget everything?
Nolan actually tells two stories. One is in black and white and proceeds in normal chronological order. This tells the story of Leonard's life before the accident. He worked as an insurance investigator and one of the claimants, Sammy Jankis, had the same problem with his memory. A tattoo on Leonard's wrist tells him to remember Sammy Jankis, and he's able to because it happened before he suffered the head injury.Read more ›
The Limited edition version is by turns incredible rewarding and distressingly frustrating! I don't know who decided to make it in such a way, but I truly believe they need to rethink their strategy - not everyone has the patience to play games with a DVD each time they want to watch it, and those of us renting it from our local soul-destroying chain video store that shall remain nameless, don't get the inlay cards etc. leading to a puzzling night...
It challenges a lot of our assumptions of truth and memory and really forces us to home in on our own ideas of which narrative we believe, and should we trust the narrator.
Basically each disc has a set of psychiatric test questions that loop around, and depending on your answer offer you various bonus features.
Disc one isn't too hard to work out, but disc two can be prohibitively obstinate. Thank god then for the invention of the "Internet". Accessing this through a "Computer" will lead you to a bunch of fan sites that have maps and hints to guide you through the labyrinth, which does come off as being slightly rewarding.
The movie opens at the end and replays in short segments leading up to the beginning of the plot, while it alternates with black and white sections that go forward in time to the start of the real plot. The plot itself is dark and disturbing, yet tinged with a surprising amount of humor ("See, I have this condition...").
The main reason I picked up this DVD was the "alternate endings" feature on the back of the box. This turns out to also be slightly misleading.Read more ›
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Don't get confused. Despite the descriptions, these format are less expensive, but there are VHS, not DVDs. If VHS is really what you want then go ahead.Published 3 months ago by Daniel
Would have been a good thing to write somewhere that this DVD can't be play in CanadaPublished 8 months ago by daoust
Great movie. This edition has a nice package compared to other standard cases. Might be hard to get the DVDs out, but I don't care since it looks so nice.Published 14 months ago by Sebastien Gagne
This is a great movie. It looks good on Blu-Ray, the extras are a nice bonus. It came promptly and for a good price.Published 21 months ago by WarpedMrFoqer
This movie is just amazing. The originality, the backwards story, the main character, it's just all great. I definitely recommend this movie to everybody. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Pyyro Bowman
It was a very creative and unique movie, but [spoiler], I hate when movies end after you basically find out that the main character is a bad person.Published 23 months ago by joel Cyr
Tout était parfait encore une fois.
LE BD est arrivé dans les meilleurs délais et en parfaite état.