Memento

Plot: Leanord is trying to track down the man who raped and killed his wife, there’s only one problem that stands in his way. He has short term memory loss. This means he has to write himself notes about everything he does and all the steps he takes so that he can remind himself of what he has to do next in order to track this man down. He can’t remember what happened 15 minutes ago so if he’s in a car, he’ll forget where he’s going.

Year: 2000

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mark Boone Junior and Jorja Fox.

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Excellent. Confusing. Clever. What an amazing film. I’m a film student so I know many people who have seen this film but I’m sure there are people out there who haven’t and you really should find the time to watch it. It’s probably one of the best non-linear films ever made. You will be confused but I promise you by the end you won’t be. I love that as an audience you’re confused whilst watching it because you feel what the character is feeling. He’s just as confused as you.

We as an audience have to work our way backwards because we start at the end and work towards the beginning. The story is told backwards. Each scene, the time runs forward but then you also have flashbacks and this is why you will feel confused.

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Christopher Nolan is astounding. He wrote and directed this masterpiece. You have to pay close attention to this film because you don’t want to miss anything. The timeline jumps around so you have to be prepared to work to keep up. You know you can’t trust anyone when your main protagonist has memory loss because they could be tricking him and that’s the beauty of this film. It keeps you guessing from start to finish.

It’s the type of film that you need to watch twice in order to understand it fully. It’s alright if you just want to watch it once but aren’t all films better understood with a second viewing? You always pick up on stuff that you missed the first time when you watch it again. It’s a film I think everyone should have the pleasure of watching. It’s crazy and just damn right brilliant.

Rating: 9/10.

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One thought on “Memento

  1. disperser says:

    I enjoyed watching it once, but I think it suffers the same inconsistencies as movies based on time travel. One minor thing is that he accepts what he reads as gospel, but I get it, it’s a story. As an action movie, it’s pretty good.

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