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21 May 2012

Memento (2000)

Directed and Written by: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Thriller, Drama
USA
B&W/Colour, 113 Minutes So, like many people, before giving criticism on the film I watched it a second time, and I absolutely love it! The plot follows a 'detective' trying to find the man who raped and murdered his wife. It seems simple, but he has short-term memory loss, and cannot create any new memories. Therefore, through the photographs, notes and tattoos of words on his body, he tries to track him down. What makes the film exciting is its narrative structure, which before even seeing the film you SHOULD be aware of.

When you watch it first knowing that the black and white clips are linear, and the colour ones are going backwards, you get a grip of what is going on. However, it is when you watch it a second time that you realise details a little more clearly and play the film in your mind chronologically- and that is what makes it so exciting.



However, the film is fascinatingly genius by not only the narrative structure it holds, but also the message itself. The film reminds you that the main character is not as different from everyone else as in reality; we all do things that make us who we are and own possessions that become us. It is just like how many of us here consider ourselves film buffs- that is who we are. In addition, there are times we do things to help ourselves remember things whether it is through photography, note taking or even through videos. 


The character played by Guy Pearce connects to every person- the mirrored image of our divided selves. Like the character, who is puzzled and trying to figure out what is going on so are we; And that is what Christopher Nolan has achieved here. The films twists and turns will definitely have you focused. 



Now, I do not know about the rest of you but how can you call a film pretentious just because it tells a story differently? Would it be better if we stuck to conventions that so many people actually complain about where originality lacks? I do not want to create an argument here, but this film has executed a story in a unique way that takes the audience on a journey- a journey that requires thought. The film can be argued, discussed and dissected for hours on end with the multi-layers of sub-text it has which makes it one of cinema’s greats. Memento to me is a hugely impressive film and one of the best of the 2000's.




Rating: 9.5/10


At IMDB

6 comments:

  1. Nolan's best film. End of.


    Myerla.

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  2. Until I see The Dark Knight again, I agree.

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  3. Dark Knight is Nolan's worst, yet still good, film I've seen.

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  4. Am more or less agreed, but for Inception trumps Memento (though not by much)

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  5. wow, I havent heard someone say that before!

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  6. Despite all the attention his Batman movies have received I consider this to be Christopher Nolan's best film.

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