Memento Review

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In the history of film there has never been a movie quite like Memento. Some people may simply see an average, but confusing film here. But you must dig deeper, and you must go beyond Memento’s surface to see the pure genius. Once you see the genius of Memento I want you to keep digging deeper to discover one of the most inventive modern masterpieces of today. This is one of those films in which it will often be imitated, but will never be duplicated. When is the last time you saw a film that challenges everything you know, but only to have it all stripped away in the end? Director Chris Nolan takes away everything you thought you knew of the traditional sense of film, and supplies you with a completely new fresh take on things.

Memento is all about Leonard aka Lenny (played by Guy Pearce). Leonard suffers from short-term memory loss. His memory loss is so frequent he can never remember anything he has just learned. Add this to the fact he is searching for his wife’s killer, and you have a recipe for something unsettling. The story is so deeply layered, and intertwined, you must pay full attention, because every moment you will discover something new. Add to the facts, every scene of the movie is played in reverse chronological order. Imagine your favorite movie, and now imagine seeing the last 10 minutes 1st, then after the last 10 minutes is played you’re taken back to see the events 10 minutes before it. This cycle keeps repeating throughout the whole entire movie. What fun is it to give away the ending in the beginning? Oh, lots! Because Memento takes away what you think you may have known, but shows things are not what you once thought.

As I mentioned before, Leonard has short-term memory loss. While confronting the people who broke into his home, Leonard was knocked in the head by his attackers. In return the bump created this condition of…...

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