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Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
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The critic says:
5 the rating system
Fun factor: Ĺ/5
Leonard Shelby might be
suffering from anterograde amnesia, but he knows a few things. That he
used to be an insurance investigator, for one thing, and good at his
job. And that his life changed on the day he came home and saw his wife
raped and murdered. Itís the latter fact thatís left him in his
current state: thanks to a bad blow to the head on that awful day,
Leonardís short-term memory has been completely shot. Unable to
generate any new memories since the murder, Leonardís nonetheless
determined to seek his wifeís killer, a man named John G., and exact
vengeance. So heís devised other ways to "remember":
tattooed notes on his body, Polaroid pictures with pithily descriptive
captions. As Leonard tries to piece together what heís learned, we
meet a shifty man name Teddy and a woman named Natalie, both of whom
claim to be Leonardís allies. But Leonard canít put his trust in
anything besides the concrete facts heís recorded. The problem, of
course, is that he has no way of processing these fragments of
information: taken out of context, theyíre next to impossible to
decipher -- making the truth as slippery as Leonardís bad memory.
a tricky thing; it lies, so convincingly, to reinforce what weíd like
to be true. Still, we rely on our admittedly subjective memories of the
past in order to understand the present, which in turn informs those
decisions that will shape our future. We scribble notes in journals,
photograph constantly, wax nostalgic with others who share our past Ė
amass all this "objective" proof Ė in an effort to reinforce
those memories, to confirm that our truth is the Truth. Mementoís
protagonist has no memory, so he works on collecting proof instead.
Since the movie begins at the end of the story, working backwards in
elusive fragments that gradually reach further and further back in time
to reveal the past, we experience the story in the same way that Leonard
remembers it. With each burst of remembered time, we, along with
Leonard, think we get a little closer to the real truth of whatís
happened. The plot in and of itself is delightfully twisty-turny, and
writer-director Nolan even throws a bit of dark comedy to boot (notably
in a scene where Leonard, smack dab in the middle of being pursued by a
man with a gun, forgets why heís running and concludes that heís the
chaser rather than the chasee), but itís the way Memento plays
around with memory, truth and perception that makes it so intriguing.
Donít watch Memento when youíre tired. This movieís a
brain-teaser, and thereís no way to fully appreciate it without your
mental faculties on full alert. Even then, the end may very well leave
your head spinning, as you try to piece together the implications of
everything thatís revealed in those final scenes.óreviewed by
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