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Memento, starring Guy Pearce, is a brilliant and complex puzzle about a man that has no short term memory.  (That puts a damper on his desperate struggle to solve his wife’s murder.)

I FORGOT TO REMEMBER

Don’t you hate it when you forget something?  Especially when it’s something important?  It’s irritating enough to forget an item at the grocery store, or forget a loved one’s birthday.  Can you imagine living your entire life not being able to remember anything for more than five or ten minutes, and then it’s gone forever?  It would be next to impossible to build new history.  And if the last thing you remember was watching your spouse being murdered, can you imagine waking up each day to that pain and anger?  Memento is a movie that deals with all of this in an intricate and emotional manner.

MOVIE INFO

  • Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss
  • Rated: Rated R for violence, language and some drug content.
  • Released: 2000
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • My Opinion: Grisly, complex, and fascinating!

NON SPOILER SUMMARY

Leonard Shelby suffers from anterograde amnesia, a form of memory loss that prevents him from forming new memories. The last thing he does remember is his wife being brutally murdered. And now he lives his life in pursuit of revenge.  Leonard tries to piece together information as he gathers it, using written notes, photographs, even tattoos, before he loses his memory of the newfound knowledge. His goal is to use all of this information to track down his wife’s killer, and then do everything in his power to make the killer pay a horrible price.

Memento is a puzzle of sorts. The movie begins five minutes from the end. After playing out those five minutes, it stops and rewinds to ten minutes from the end and plays another five minute increment. Thus telling the story backwards, yet building upon new information. It very effectively draws you into Leonard’s difficulty of solving a crime, and allows you to gain information the same way he does: by working backwards.

CIN’S REVIEW

Absolutely and utterly fascinating!  At times hilarious, and at times downright disturbing, Memento keeps you feeling the palpable desperation of the main character until the very last unforgettable scene. Twisted, unusual and hard to follow, this is one you may have to watch twice to figure out, but it would be well worth the time it takes to do so.

WHERE TO FIND MEMENTO

IF YOU ENJOYED MEMENTO, YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Insomnia, starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank, about a big city detective investigating a small town murder in Alaska, where the sun never sets.