Critic Consensus: Christopher Nolan skillfully guides the audience through Memento's fractured narrative, seeping his film in existential dread.
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as Leonard Shelby
as Sammy Jankis
as Leonard's Wife
as Jimmy Grantz
as Mrs. Jankis
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Critic Reviews for Memento
I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time.
Writer-director Christopher Nolan's second film is one of the most original and ultimately confounding mind games to reach the screen since The Usual Suspects.
The young British writer and director Christopher Nolan, who has every intention of putting us through the mill, doubles his fun by running the whole story backward.
The astonishing payoff takes the film to another level entirely, unleashing a battery of existential questions that shed new light on everything that precedes it.
You have to pay close attention to Memento, the most original thriller to come along in years -- and one of the best.
Audience Reviews for Memento
An intellectually stimulating and expertly edited exercise in storytelling built upon two alternating threads that move in opposite directions (the main one backwards and a black-and-white subplot forward) until they converge in the end, making us undergo the same disorientation of its character.
I need to watch this again.
An ex insurance investigator with a medical condition that leaves him with no short term memory is hunting the killer of his wife with the aid of notes left to himself in the form of tattoos all over his body. Christopher Nolan's big budget debut is a stunningly original twist on the detective movie formula, telling the story of a man's quest for vengeance in reverse chronological order. This sounds like a very simple, almost obvious idea, but it is done with such beautifully engineered intelligence and subtlety that it keeps you guessing not only til the end of the film, but also til the end of each scene as you, along with Guy Pearce's obsessive investigator, try to link each jigsaw puzzle piece of the story together. It's one of those films that is ironically unforgettable, and my only wish is that I could erase MY memory and watch it for the first time again and again. Truly unique and quite, quite brilliant.
|Leonard Shelby:||Enter OK, so what am I doing?|
|Leonard Shelby:||Oh, I'm chasing this guy.|
|Leonard Shelby:||No, he's chasing me.|
|Leonard:||My wife deserves venagence. Doesn't make any difference whether I know about it. Just because there are Things I don't remember doesn't make my actions meaningless.|
|Teddy:||You don't want the truth. You make up your own truth! Like your police file. It was complete when I gave it to you. Who took out the 12 pages?|
|Teddy:||No, it wasnt' me. See, it was you!|
|Leonard:||Why would I do that?|
|Teddy:||To create a puzzle you could never solve!|
|Teddy:||Lenny, you can't trust a man's life to your little notes and pictures|