MementoDirector: Christopher Nolan,
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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.
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Cast & Crew
|Guy Pearce||Leonard Shelby|
|Harriet Sansom Harris||Mrs. Jankis|
|Callum Keith Rennie||Dodd|
|Jorja Fox||Catherine Shelby|
|Danielle Berman||Set Decoration/Design|
|Cindy Evans||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|William Fiege||Sound/Sound Designer|
|David Julyan||Score Composer|
|Jonathan Nolan||Original Story|
|Patti Podesta||Production Designer|
|Aaron Ryder||Executive Producer|
|Emma Thomas||Associate Producer|
1. Opening [2:33]
2. It's Just an Anonymous Room [3:51]
3. It's Like Waking [4:40]
4. Remember Sammy Jankis [5:06]
5. You Don't Remember Me [6:04]
6. Memories Can Be Distorted [6:12]
7. How Am I Supposed to Heal? [10:55]
8. Habit and Routine [9:29]
9. I'm Chasing This Guy [3:42]
10. Can't Remember to Forget [:55]
11. Sammy's Wife [9:05]
12. Somebody Always Pays [2:15]
13. What Would You Kill for? [4:59]
14. Something to Remember You by [7:20]
15. Nobody's Perfect [4:25]
16. You Don't Know Anything [4:48]
17. Do You Remember Me? [7:25]
18. It Makes All The Difference [6:49]
19. I'm No Different [8:29]
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Audio: English 2.0 Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
IFC Interview With Writer/Director Christopher Nolan
Memento Mori, by Jonathan Nolan
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From the beginning, you are catapulted into this guy's head, his admittely demented, messed up, totally wasted head. Going after his wife's killer with nothing to go on but the creepy tattoos and pictures he keeps. He can't make new memories so he has to write or photograph everything he needs to remember, all the clues, friends, and even his frickin car! He has to look at a picture in order to tell which car he has! Anyways, I thought this was a cool film. If you don't, go bugger off.
Probably the best movie of 2001 and very few people actually saw it. Will surely get the acclaim it deserves via the secondary market. Finally a film that requires the moviegoer pay attention and do some thinking. Nothing is what it seems and that's what makes this movie so enjoyable. I rented the movie the other night and discovered all sorts of things I hadn't caught the first time through at the theatre. Buy this movie, you won't regret it... unless you're one of those moviegoers that needs to have everything spelled out for them!
I love movies that make you think. This movie does just that. Give it all the praise you want, but let's not get too carried away, the ending left one scratching the scalp. Who didn't walk away from this movie with 1,000 questions unanswered? Don't get me wrong, it's perfect to purchase on a DVD. After you watch it, you can watch it again to fill in the gaps. Which is a good thing actually, because the acting is excellent.
It's rare to come across an inventive and original story, particularly one that is achieved so effectively. Great acting bolsters this movie that is a definite departure from typical Hollywood fare. Mindbending, thought-provoking, totally intriguing and brilliantly realized...you won't regret seeing this film.
I forgot many details .. Try to write down everything .. See it over and over, its so nice.
this movie was recommended to me by a close friend. once i saw memento, i had to add it to my collection. memento follows a broken sort of story line, and things follow a strange order. in other words, it goes from the end to the beginning with a little bit of confusion in the middle. definately an A+.
Crime-noir is not dead! This flick follows in the footsteps of great recent plot-twisters Pulp Fiction, Usual Suspects and Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels. But don't get me wrong, it stands on its own for time-bending and proves you can't believe everything (anything) you see. Just when everything starts to pull together, you get sucker-punched by the surprise ending (beginning?). A marvel because it keeps you engaged even though you know what ultimately happens.
It is such a pity that this film received such little attention at the theaters. I guess people just do not want to see great films.
Leonard suffers from anterograde amnesia and cannot form any memories since his accident a few years earlier. He spends all of his energy trying to hunt down the man who killed his wife. He tattoos clues on his body and keeps various photos of people who have aided him in his search and every morning he views these with a fresh eye. He must remind himself where he left off and try to hunt down the killer.
I happen to love movies. I love movies though that make you think about it after it's over. This movie did that and more.. it made me think during it. The acting is top-notch especiall Canna-Arrie Moss. The guy Joe Palinito did a great job, but with all due respect Guy Pearce was the best. If you are looking for a great way to spend 2 hours or a movie to rent do me a favor and pick this one up. You won't regret it and definitely won't forget it.
This movie makes you think. When you're seeing it, you have to think and place each seen in the right chronological order. The movie runs backwards, in case you haven't heard. Then, after it's over, you think, ''what if that happened to me?'' And that is what a good psychological thriller is supposed to do. Scare you into thinking. Not scare you with blood and gore. It's a psychological war, and Memento is winning.
This is one of those movies that gets better every time you watch it. You understand more about what is happening to Leonard and how people try to use him for their own good. You have to watch it close to truly understand it, but that makes this a true thriller. It will keep you guessing until the suprise ending.
Memento is one of those films that will be a little different with each viewing, and that's a good thing. Simply put, this is one of the most psychological film I've ever seen. Nolan raises some interesting questions about the way we perceive time and memories and the addition of a very small and very talented cast really reinforce the mood of this movie. Memento will appeal to viewers who enjoy thought-provoking cinema to be coupled with quality production. This movie is not to be missed.
The first time I saw the film I said... FANTASTIC THRILLER! The second time I saw the film I said... I HAVE TO OWN IT!!! This is an excellent film to have and to watch over and over again. Bring your Sticky Notes (you just might need them). An extra treat is the cameo appearance by Irish-born actor, Larry Holden, in the role of Jimmy Grantz. Also, the film's director, Chris Nolan, put some hidden features on the DVD (My lips are sealed). The film's official site is also a MUST see. HINT: Just look for momento in the mirror and you will find it.
Amazing movie, great if you love the ''Ussual Suspects'' kind of movie or you enjoy movies that take the plot and twist it in a new dimension.
Memento is a great movie. It is an ingenous work of art.
when i first heard of memento i thought it would be confused and surprisengly i actually understood what was going on, giving how the movie was set up. the way the scenes were played out, it was quite good and conclude its quite the mystery movie. you have a guy, short term memory, and the people and events all around him that you and the lead character are wondering what its all about.
Note that I have under-rated this movie; it should have at least 10 stars! You certainly don't want to miss it, if you do, you'll only see another great one in next century!
You'll know this movie is great once you see the packaging! This movie is so well made you will think bazaar-ly yourself after you see it. You'll watch this movie over and over...suspenseful, movie is told backwards, and just plain cool!
This movie is one of the coolest movies i have ever seen. It's a movie that you can watch a few times in a short span of time and it's still good. I recommend that you see this movie if you haven't. Wait a minute, what was i writing about?
Memento is a smart, fast-paced thriller that you will think you've got figured out...for a minute or two. The twists in the story are just right and the plot keeps you interested as few movies can.
Memento, given to us by the incomparable Christopher Nolan, is an awe-inspiring piece of motion picture magic. Leonard Shelby writes himself an endless amount of notes. He does this because he has a condition that causes his memory to be taken away if he doesn't concentrate hard enough. With amazing performances and an even better story, Memento is definitely worth anyone's DVD collection.
For those on the lookout for creativity and something other than the normal drivel that usually finds its way to the theaters, Memento is the movie for you. Smart and engaging, this movie will make you think and is a definite ''must watch''!
This is one of the most fascinating plotlines and innovative concepts I have ever seen. It has stayed with me ever since I've seen it, and its theme is driven home so forcefully it has changed my entire perspective on everything. Which is, of course, what film and literature is out there to do. Most highly recommended, even if you'll only like it for the shocking ending.