Memento movie review

Memento PosterGenre: Action, Thriller

Rated: R - language

Director: Christopher Nolan

Summary: Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memories, as he attempts to find the murderer of his wife, which is the last thing he remembers. One story line moves forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more each time.

Review: The movie is something that has to watch a second and a third time. Not just to understand the story and pick up on a detail that has been miss or new. Basely to grasp the whole concept of the story starting from the end going back to the beginning.

It is a little confusing at first. Once I got the flow of the story it became easy to follow. The father you watch the more the story begins to make sense. If you don't pay attention within the first five minutes otherwise all is lost.

The cinematography is patty good. The reverse chronology of the script is well done, setting it apart from other movies.

Christopher Nolan's films are something to keep you at the edge of your seat. My favorite is The Prestige follows by Inception. I will say that Memento might go right in between those two films.
More info: IMDb

  • During Teddy's line "You don't have a clue, you freak!", director Christopher Nolan felt that Joe Pantoliano (Teddy) did not quite nail the end of the line, so he decided to re-record the last two words to his liking, delivering them himself. Therefore, in the final film, the words, "you freak", as we hear them, are actually being said not by Pantoliano, but by Nolan impersonating Pantoliano's voice. Pantoliano was unaware of the dubbing until an interview for Anatomy of a Scene: Memento (2001). 
  • The medical condition experienced by Leonard in this film is a real condition called anterograde amnesia, the inability to form new memories after damage to the hippocampus. During the 1950s, doctors treated some forms of epilepsy by removing parts of the temporal lobe, resulting in the same memory problems. 
  • Although the opening scene is literally shown backwards, every single sound effect is, in fact, a "normal" forward-played sound effect. The only sound played backwards is Teddy screaming, "No!" 

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