- Title Memento
- Director Christopher Nolan
- Year 2000
- Run time 1hr 53m
- Genres Thriller, Mystery
- Tagline Some memories are best forgotten
Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) remembers everything up to the night his wife was brutally raped and murdered. But since then he has suffered from memory loss. He tracks through time to find out why his wife was killed, storing evidence on scraps of paper and tattooing vital clues on his body. Gradually he begins to piece together a chilling jigsaw of deceit and betrayal in reverse as breathtaking twists and surprising turns rapidly occur in the most challenging, original and critically acclaimed thriller in years.
Title: Memento Director: Christopher Nolan Year: 2000 Run time: 1 hr 53 mins
After watching The Prestige, we were pondering the career of Christopher Nolan and Memento came up in conversation. Mr C remembered it as being excellent and so it was never going to be long before we watched it. I knew nothing about it but was keen to be educated!
4:01 - Not sure how I feel about blonde Guy Pearce. 10:55 - Writing on your body is all very well, until you want to forget! 15:14 - I’m thinking that the list of facts didn’t need to be quite so big… could have fitted that on one arm. 19:06 - “Even if you get revenge, you’re not going to remember it.” 20:57 - Carrie-Ann looks pretty normal without harsh sunglasses and tight shiny black suits. 24:09 - Facts, not memories. That seems like a good motto. 27:22 - What are the chances of an insurance guy getting the same weird condition as one of his clients? 34:04 - “There are things you know for sure.” 37:29 - It’s a pretty big soliloquy he’s doing there, in the middle of the night, tucked up in bed. 42:00 - That’s an unexpected benefit to having a friend with short term memory loss. You’d only need to know one good joke. 47:37 - Well at least he hasn’t managed to get tattoos on his bum. 51:27 - He’s got some tricks up his sleeve, even if he can’t remember them all the time. 57:16 - I’m confused why he’s on the phone in the black and white bits. He doesn’t like the phone. 1:00:17 - That is a slight issue with the tattoo process, not easy to rectify mistakes. 1:10:48 - The “Never answer the phone” bit is properly spooky. 1:24:51 - I’m liking Natalie less and less the more I know her. 1:31:57 - Sometimes when Guy talks he sounds just like Hugh Jackman. It must be an Australian being American thing. 1:38:02 - Memory man. Like the complete opposite of Rain man.
It took me a little while to get into the storytelling - not because it was backwards, but the delineation between the black and white bits and the colour. It was a really fascinating way to gradually reveal the story, particularly when we started to learn about Sammy Jankis and get more of the backstory on that. I like the twist, but I did think it was a bit of a weird ending, and I was left wondering what he was going to do after the end(/beginning).
Rating: 4 / 5