By Tiffany Unscripted
Memento is heralded as one of Christopher Nolan's cinematic masterpieces. Since I'm a sucker for a good thriller, I had to watch it. Have you? If not, read on. This is a spoiler-free review!
Leonard (played by Guy Pearce) suffers from anterograde amnesia, which is the inability to create new memories after the event that caused the amnesia. When his wife is raped and murdered, he makes it his mission to find the man who did it. Leonard struggles to recall events that occurred because his memory also resets every five minutes. To help him recall things he can't remember, he uses a system of Polaroid photographs, notes, and tattoos.
Memento is shown in a unique way as director Christopher Nolan uses two timelines in a nonlinear approach. He uses black and white chronologically and color scenes in reverse order, to show the audience how Leonard views things. Everything gels at the end of the film to complete the narrative, but be prepared for one crazy ride until you reach that point!
The film is a masterpiece. Nolan does a superb job in presenting a film that's unique and refreshing. Nothing is as it appears.
Leonard's motives are questionable due to his memory loss. He claims he was attacked and the second assailant escaped. The police doesn't accept his version of what occurred, which further fuels the Leonard's desire to solve the crime. His elaborate note-taking system allows him to keep track of his progress. There are times when his notes become hazy because of the manipulation of facts.
Leonard comes in contact with several seedy characters who have their own agendas. He doesn't know who he can trust. There are so many twists and turns to this film! It reminds me of a classic horror film. It is dark and sinister and filled with betrayal, lies, and motives.
Memento has such a creepy undertone that you can't stop watching it. You must see what's next. Nolan is successful at keeping you on the edge of your sanity. You don't know what is a truth or a lie. As the film progresses and other details are revealed, you will wonder if Leonard is the antagonist.
Nolan should be commended for creating such a fantastic film. He also wrote the screenplay. Memento had a budget of 9 million USD and earned 39.7 million USD at the box office. Other critics have described this film as disturbing and perplexing and meant for those who genuinely love film.
The all-star cast is incredible. Carrie‑Anne Moss (Natalie), Joe Pantoliano (Teddy Gammell), Mark Boone Junior (Burt), and Stephen Tobolowsky (Sammy) delivered and contributed to the film’s success.
I highly recommend this film. Add it to your queue today! You will not be disappointed.
Tiffany Unscripted has been the Managing Editor of Your Film Review for over two years at Occhi Magazine. She manages a small team of writers that cover all genres of movies, including writing featured articles on trending topics. In addition to writing, they cover live events, such as film premieres and screenings in Cleveland, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Silver Springs.
She especially enjoys the opportunity to meet emerging talent who enjoy sharing their passion, journey, challenges, and success with our readers. You can learn more about Your Film Review at OcchiMagazine.com.