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- DescriptionMEMENTO, the second feature by writer-director Christopher Nolan (FOLLOWING), is an intricately constructed film noir that masterfully inverts time to comment on the foggy relationship between memory and truth. MEMENTO tells the story of Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), a former insurance investigator who witnesses a brutal attack on his wife. Knocked unconscious, Leonard wakes up with a rare brain condition--he no longer possesses short-term memory. He can remember his name and all the details of his past, but he can no longer make new memories. Armed with a careful system of remembering details (he compulsively snaps Polaroids and scribbles notes, then tattoos the important facts directly onto his body), the distraught Leonard goes on a manhunt to avenge his wife's death. To illustrate the unique and frightening state of the protagonist's mind (he cannot remember what happened even seconds before), Nolan takes a brilliantly successful risk in telling the story backward. The film begins with Leonard killing the man he's looking for. From there MEMENTO unravels a compellingly disconcerting trail back to the start. As the layers of the story are peeled back scene by scene, Leonard's involvement with two enigmatic friends--who both claim to be helping him--complicates the mystery.<BR>Based on a short story by the director's brother, Jonathan Nolan, MEMENTO is an incredibly original film that is so wonderfully puzzling and eerily ambiguous that it will surely warrant repeated viewings.
- Leading Role 1Guy Pearce
- Director 1Christopher Nolan
- Leading Role 2Carrie-Anne Moss
- Leading Role 3Joe Pantoliano
- Additional Roles byStephen Tobolowsky,Harriet Harris,Jorja Fox,Mark Boone Jr.
- ProducerSuzanne Todd,Jennifer Todd
- ScreenwriterChristopher Nolan
- Score ComposerDavid Julian
- AuthorJonathan Nolan
- EditorDody Dorn
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2002
- Additional GenreGeneral
- Running Time109 minutes
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- pamebir17 Jan, 2017by
Confused at end!
I loved this film, so good all the way through, kept you on your toes and thinking all the time as it works its way backwards through the film to see how it started but at the end I was still confused as to who had murdered his wife, will have to watch again and see what I missed, must listen closer to what Guy Pearce is saying!
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- btab140420 Aug, 2012by
had to have it so i could watch it anytime
this is my favorite film of all time and now one of only 10 DVD's that i own - now i own it i can watch it any time i like!!! :-)
- 19rod6720 Oct, 2011by
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- nilsatisoptimum23 Aug, 2011by
A brilliantly conceived and executed noir thriller, with fine performances
Christopher Nolan's first masterpiece, Memento tells the story of Leonard Shelby, a man hunting his wife's killer who attacked them both in a robbery, but who is plagued with short term memory loss (he remembers everything before the attack, but can't create new memories). A modern film noir, Memento tells its story backwards with the use of fragmented scenes, piecing together the puzzle for viewers and placing them in the mindset of the film's protagonist. The ingenious direction and clever script are bolstered with a terrific central performance from Guy Pearce and solid acting from Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano: a woman with mysterious motives and an undercover cop who is not all he seems. This is a film that packs an emotional punch but also keeps you guessing and sweating until the final reel: a must see movie. Read full review
- maddi926 Jul, 2011by
I have no memory of this film, but a tattoo on my body says I liked it.
Most violent films are rubbish. This, however, is an exception. The unusually fragmented way in which this is presented, revealing more & more of the plot, in a series of repeated flashbacks, that give us more & more of what came before is challenging, but intriguing. The idea that a man with no short term memory can complete the detective work needed to find his wife's killer by keeping notes in the form of tattoos on his body, is ludicrous, but strangely, quite fun. The viewer's guilt of enjoying watching a man go hunt & kill somebody is assuaged by the initial plot-line that he is getting revenge for his wife's murder (just like in many other films) - Or is he????
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