Memento (2000)

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Leonard Shelby is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty of locating his wife's killer, however, is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of short-term memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why. --TMDb
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Review by sidefriction
Added: June 3, 2004
This is a purely brilliant movie to say the least. With this movie alone, director Christopher Nolan has earned a spot in my top five directors list. Stunning filmmaking here folks. But do be warned, I cannot tell you too much about the plot because I will spoil it. Memento surely is a defining movie of 2001 and made the entire cast more well known than "just those two people in The Matrix" (Joe Pantoliano & Carrie-Anne Moss).

Naturally because the movie is based on a memory disorder, the movie is scrambled out of order. If you have the special edition DVD, you can watch the film in order. But I found it very easy to put together. We have Leonard (Guy Pearce) who tried to save his wife from an attack. She dies, he is left with a brain injury that makes it incapable of making new memories. He begins life making new memories, only to forget them later. Sucks? Oh yeah. There's this guy, Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) who helps Leonard find the guy who raped and murdered his wife and kill him. If things couldn't get more confusing, Leonard meets up with a bar-tender, Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss) and she just makes the mess bigger than what it is. In order for Leonard to remember certain things, he tattoos vital information on his body. Leonard's tattoos and his memory is all that he has, along with the trusting companionship of Teddy and Natalie to lead him to true justice. But are his memories a bit distorted? Can he trust his tattoos?

Like I said before, brilliant movie, but I can't explain too much about it in fear of spoiling it for you. This is a mind-bender. I especially liked the directing in it. The way scenes play out, and then fade away, it is just amazing. Also, the cast is very well done. Guy Pearce has to take the cake for the best acting job here. He had quite the difficult role of playing a man with a mental injury yet he pulled it off nicely. I also really liked Joe Pantoliano's job here. Everything about the movie seems to be really pulled off nicely. If you are into the type of movies that either makes you think or make you feel more intelligent watching them, this one is perfect for at least a rental. If you're into suspenseful thrillers, look elsewhere. But this is definitely worth a rental if you're looking for a movie that will make you say "Huh?" at the end. 9/10
Clarence Bodicker #1: Clarence Bodicker - added July 30, 2004 at 2:20am
Great movie, makes y ou think. I love the way the story is told backwards.
drone #2: drone - added September 1, 2004 at 11:10pm
I agree with you Clarence. I liked the way it started from the end and went to the begining. The beginning was the end. Just mind blowing. I loved it.
bluemeanie #3: bluemeanie - added May 3, 2006 at 5:13am
Brilliant filmmaking. The direction and editing is some of the best in film history. Near flawless. 9.5/10.
BuryMeAlive #4: BuryMeAlive - added July 6, 2006 at 11:31am
Good movie, but overrated.
effin #5: effin - added October 23, 2007 at 9:24pm
Good movie, really stunning, if you want a a better movie than this see irreverseable.
Chad #6: Chad - added May 13, 2010 at 7:39am
I enjoyed it, but like #4 said, it was definitely overrated. The "show the entire movie backwards" gimmick was neat, but it was just that: a gimmick. Without it, the film is average at best, and you can't even give it points for originality since that concept had been done before. Some good direction here and great acting, but a perfect movie? Not quite. 7/10.
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