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Memento (Film)

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What is it?

The 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller movie Memento by the director Christopher Nolan.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

A man is determined to find justice after the loss of a loved one, even though he is incapable of fully remembering the crime, in this offbeat thriller.

Leonard (Guy Pearce) is a man who is struggling to put his life back together after the brutal rape and murder of his wife.

But Leonard’s problems are different from those of most people in his situation; he was beaten severely by the same man who killed his wife.

The most significant manifestation of Leonard’s injuries is that his short-term memory has been destroyed; he is incapable of retaining any new information, and must resort to copious note-taking and Polaroid photographs in order to keep track of what happens to him over the course of a day (he’s even tattooed himself with a few crucial bits of information he can’t get along without).

Leonard retains awareness that his wife was brutally murdered, however, and he’s convinced that the culprit still walks the streets.

Leonard is obsessed with the notion of taking revenge against the man who has ruined his life, and he sets out to find him, getting help from Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss), who appears to be a sympathetic barmaid, and Teddy (Joe Pantoliano), who claims to be Leonard’s friend, even though Leonard senses that he cannot be trusted.

Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan.

~ Mark Deming, Rovi

What do I like about it and what would other people like about it?

I like the mystery that kept me focused on trying to figure out what was going on, the cleaver order of this movie, some of the acting, and the use of Anterograde Amnesia; and I think that other people will like that as well.

Final Thoughts

My brother GC and I watched this movie for the first time recently, I did not expect to like it, but it kept my attention as I tried to figure out what was going on.

I liked this movie more than I had expected, it was pretty good and was well directed, I like it when I go in expecting to not like a film but end up liking it more than I had expected; I would give this movie a 4 out of 5 or maybe even higher.

Here is a review of this movie by Chris Stuckmann:

The end,

-John Jr