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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 ›
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 24 days 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 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie, it is one of those ones I learn something new every time I watch it.Published 4 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 9 months ago by Daniel
Would have been a good thing to write somewhere that this DVD can't be play in CanadaPublished 14 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 19 months ago by Sebastien Gagne