Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memories, as he attempts to find the murderer of his wife, which is the last thing he remembers. One story line movies forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more each time. The movie stars Guy Pearce (Factory Girl, Hurt Locker) and is directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, The Prestige).

Rating: 10 out of 10

With the recent success of “Inception,” I find myself suggesting the hell out of “Memento.” People will tell me how much they enjoyed “Inception” and appreciated how in-depth the plot was. My immediate response has been: “If you really liked ‘Inception’ as well as the reprisal of the Batman franchise, you absolutely have to see ‘Memento.’ It leaves you with the same reactions, but without all the CGI.”

The script for this was so beautifully written. Every time I watch it I think to myself, “How did they come up with and storyboard this to work out the way that it does?!”  It’s so easy to understand how it is set up after a few scenes but trying to explain it to others can be difficult. Also, I particularly enjoyed how the characters that enter Leonard’s world cope with his condition. At some point they lie, manipulate, tease, sympathize and aid him on his journey for justice. All at the same time, they try so hard to believe that his condition is like a wound that will heal when he finds his wife’s killer.

The main character Leonard is someone that the audience, at first, can empathize with but as the film progresses, and he is revealed as a different person than we thought. Perhaps it was because I was quite young when I first saw this but the climax to this film is probably one of the best I have ever seen; so much is revealed about Leonard’s past that it is quite overwhelming. There isn’t anything more I can say other than to GO RENT THIS FILM!

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8 responses to “Memento

  1. Great movie, and nerdly fact: several people I know use this to teach Oedipus since the original plays suck so hard.

  2. I loved this movie too. It was soooo enthrancing. was there anyone who really helped him along in his search? I felt they were all using him.
    The scene in the pub where Carrie Moss tries to prove he was a fake by spitting in his tea was soo disgusting but yet the most insightful part about her character. Cause a nicer person would have found a way of pouring away that drink to prevent him from finishing it. Nolan is a great one!

  3. This film is an example of what a great director and a great cast can do with a great script and a tiny budget. A modern masterpiece! A would also rate it a 10.

  4. One of my faves, got to see it without any warning or knowledge of what it was about.If i remember right, it was a very hot August night at the arthouse, the air was thick with, some sort of illicit smelling smoke.
    I think I floated home.

  5. I still haven’t gotten around to seeing this and really need to. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

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