We all lie to ourselves to be happy – Leonard Shelby
Christopher Nolan’s Memento is about Leonard (Guy Pearce) who is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. Leonard suffers from untreatable anterograde amnesia due to which he forgets everything within fifteen minutes and although he remembers everything before the attack, he can’t create new memories. Therefore, he stars to take pictures of places and people he needs to remember and writes notes about them. But, Leonard has to make up his mind whether to trust Natalie (Carrie Ann-Moss) or Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) because it is evident both have secrets of their own.
The acting in this movie is superb. Carrie Ann-Moss, the bad-ass Trinity from The Matrix, plays Natalie brilliantly. And she gives us chills because Natalie always has a mysterious gloom around her. Guy Pearce looks confused in his role and that was exactly what it needed and we actually feel sorry for him. He does his job very well. But, the the best was Joe Pantoliano who looks acts like a good guy, but Leonard’s note about him makes us suspect each of his actions.
Memento is regarded as one of the best movies of the decade. I really don’t know about that but it is one of the most non-conventional movies ever made. Where else have you seen a movie shown backwards ? The movie has brilliant editing, I give you that. Not one scene lingers. This movie is a really a one that requires a lot from you- brains and patience. Memento is a jigsaw puzzle in its nature. The pieces are scrambled out for you and there are hints given throughout how to solve it and then at the end, it is left for you.
Memento is very very complicated and if you have no patience, then don’t watch this movie. You won’t get a crap until you reach about 55 minutes into the movie. And Nolan, understands that people will throw their coke towards the screen if he doesn’t gives them something. So, he gives them understanding. The audience know the action that lead to the consequences in the before shown scene. The screenplay is brilliant and the twist is of good magnitude. Everybody talks about the Coens, but what about these guys? Christopher and Jonathan give so many good movies.
Memento has a hole in the screenplay that ‘if Leonard’s last memory is his wife’s death, how does he remember he has anterograde amnesia ?’ but let’s ignore that. The movie has a lot of memory loss jokes which are very enjoyable and they serve as cookies while solving this jigsaw puzzle. We are to be confused because Nolan intends us to understand the state that Leonard feels. That is why the scenes don’t last more than fifteen minutes because Leonard forgets about them after that time span.
Christopher Nolan’s direction is brilliant. He shows us that he doesn’t need big budgets to make good movies. His imagination can also be flaunted in small-scale. (Hope he replies to my fan-mail.) And Nolan once again takes care in the accuracy of his movies, because many scientist have asserted that this is the best portrayal of anterograde amnesia. Memento is a trick in itself- it runs backwards because it is not the easiest, but certainly the most interesting way to solve it. The movie is a slick thriller which requires a lot of patience to watch and you may enjoy it or not, but I ended up liking it. Place trust in the movie, but never in the characters in it, for they all have secrets that none of them want revealed, and our hero fortunately has anterograde amnesia to thank for that.
Rating: 8.2 / 10
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