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Memento (Widescreen Two-Disc Li
If ever a movie was made for DVD format, this is it. A mind-bending psychological thriller of the highest order, Memento is the rare flick that begs to be watched repeatedly. Writer-director Christopher Nolan (Insomnia, Following) shakes up the concepts of time, narrative, and audience perception in a film that happens in chronologically reverse order. Leonard (Guy Pearce) survives an assault that leaves his wife dead, only to find himself with a faulty memory: he can remember all the details of his life before the assault, but can't "make new memories, everything fades." Quickly. This impairment, along with his unstoppable drive to find his wife's killer, brings Leonard into contact with people who don't always have his best interests at heart.
Though this remarkable story is told in reverse, Nolan's innovative direction maintains a rapid forward momentum that keeps the viewer on the edge of his seat, waiting for new revelations. Memento is an unsettling, eminently engrossing examination of how memory (or the lack thereof) affects our lives and our relationships. It's unique in that it reveals more layers with every viewing. And Pearce's portrayal of the confused yet totally focused Leonard is truly Oscar-worthy. --Adem Tepedelen --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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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 ›
To argue whether the plot is convoluted or clever is beside the point--the film never moves beyond its fixation with its lone gimmick. That's why the bulk of the film is so boring--instead of building on the original idea, all we really get to see are the dull repetition and daily logistics of managing your way through reality in reverse. The only moment of interest occurs when Guy Pearce recounts the story of the married couple struggling with the same problem. For about five minutes, the gimmick is imbued with human qualities--struggle, confusion, love, failure, tragedy--you know, the stuff of DRAMA, and the film springs to life. Not to worry, it soon sinks back into who did what when, and hey, did that REALLY happen in the first place--you know, the stuff of teenage stoner conversations.
If you really want to see this reverse-time gimmick put into a moving story line, read Martin Amis's Time's Arrow. And if you really want to see a movie thriller about disorientation, see Insomnia with Stellan Skarsgaard. Now that's a fabulous movie.
opportunities and possibilities of DVD that I am sure I am not the only one who has thought of it (but if so, remember you saw it here first!). I have two theories why this omission was made:
(a), putting the scenes in chronological order may show up plot holes or inconsistencies, or (b)- the theory I HOPE is correct-
there is a "Memento Collector's Edition" DVD planned, in which this option will be included. And that is why I am not buying this DVD! But, hey, the film is fantastic and once again- AUSSIES RULE!
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I had seen the movie before I ordered the DVD, so I knew it was great.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Didn't work in any DVD player tried on multiple you can tell it's not original it's just complete garbage!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This movie is such a mind trip and I still love it after 10 years of not watching it. Showed up in way better shape than I expected and had some extras in the case as well that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Live4theleafs
Great movie, it is one of those ones I learn something new every time I watch it.Published 6 months ago by KittyMonster1960
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 11 months ago by Daniel
Would have been a good thing to write somewhere that this DVD can't be play in CanadaPublished 16 months ago by daoust