Memento - 2001 (R)


Year of Release: 2001
Rated: R
Director(s): Christopher Nolan
Approx. Running Time: 113 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)

From Back Cover:

The revenge thriller gets an unforgettable new twist with Memento, an intricate crime story about a man with a damaged memory chasing a murderer whose identity he cannot possibly ever know for sure. Directed by Christopher Nolan, Memento has blown the minds of audiences around the world by deftly forging a reality in which neither the lead character nor the audience knows who is pulling the strings... until everything that seemed true flips upside down.

Leonard (Guy Pearce) suffers from a rare brain disorder - the inability to form any new memories. He can remember in detail everything that happened before his injury, but anyone he has met or anything he has done since that fateful night, simply vanishes.

Who are his friends? Who are his enemies? What is the truth? In Leonard's world, the answers to these questions shift and change from second to second. And the more he tries to figure out what is true and real, the deeper he sinks into a multi-layered abyss of uncertainty and surprises.

My Comments:

The basic premise of this film is this: A man whose wife was murdered seeks to find her killer and exact his revenge. The only problem is that he suffers from a condition that strips him of his short-term memory. In order to compensate for this, he writes himself an endless amount of notes, takes polaroid photos of significant people and places (so that he can label them for future reference) and tattoos clues about his wife's killer all over his body, as a sort of permanent message to himself.

This is not a movie that can be watched when there is any kind of distraction around you. In order to be fully understood, it must receive your undivided attention. The movie starts at the end of the story and moves backwards, piece by piece, until everything that led to that ending is revealed.

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Rated R (MPAA)
4 Stars
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