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Movie synopsis
MEMENTO, the second feature by writer-director Christopher Nolan (FOLLOWING), is an intricately constructed film noir that masterfully inverts time to comment on the foggy relationship between memory and truth. MEMENTO tells the story of Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), a former insurance investigator who witnesses a brutal attack on his wife. Knocked unconscious, Leonard wakes up with a rare brain condition--he no longer possesses short-term memory. He can remember his name and all the details of his past, but he can no longer make new memories. Armed with a careful system of remembering details (he compulsively snaps Polaroids and scribbles notes, then tattoos the important facts directly onto his body), the distraught Leonard goes on a manhunt to avenge his wife's death. To illustrate the unique and frightening state of the protagonist's mind (he cannot remember what happened even seconds before), Nolan takes a brilliantly successful risk in telling the story backwards. The film begins with Leonard killing the man he's looking for. From there MEMENTO unravels a compellingly disconcerting trail back to the start. As the layers of the story are peeled back scene by scene, Leonard's involvement with two enigmatic "friends"--who both claim to be helping him--complicates the mystery.Based on a short story by the director's brother, Jonathan Nolan, MEMENTO is an incredibly original film that is so wonderfully puzzling and eerily ambiguous that it will surely warrant repeated viewings.

Product Details
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 031398125297

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Genre:Dramas
Format:Blu-ray Disc

eBay Product ID: EPID97471186

Editorial reviews

"...A stylish thriller with a touch of novelty....This mind-teasing puzzle is engrossing..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - Stephen Farber (03/01/2001)

"...MEMENTO has the uniquely disorienting quality of a puzzle....It's the rare mystery in which every moment lives....Pearce's extraordinary performance lends even the smallest events the aura of a life-or-death search..."
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (03/23/2001)

"...Ingenious....MEMENTO is a brilliant feat of rug-pulling, sure to delight fans of movies like THE USUAL SUSPECTS and PI..."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (03/16/2001)

"...A terrifically compelling little mystery..."
USA Today - Mike Clark (03/16/2001)

"...Nolan has literally turned the genre inside-out and reassembled it as an intriguing jigsaw puzzle of a whodunit..."
Hollywood Reporter - Michael Rechtshaffen (09/12/2000)

"...Exceptional....A haunting, nervy thriller....MEMENTO is a provocatively structured and thrillingly executed film noir..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (03/16/2001)

"...MEMENTO is a diabolical and absorbing experience..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (04/13/2001)

"MEMENTO marks a quantum leap in the thriller genre..."
Uncut - Chris Roberts (01/01/2005)

5 stars out of 5 -- "A brilliant idea, brilliantly executed....The final pay-off rockets Nolan's noir into even darker territory..."
Total Film - Total Film Staff (11/01/2010)

"...A mesmerizing mind-bender....A new classic among thrillers....This jolting jigsaw puzzle of a movie grabs you and won't let go..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (03/15/2001)

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Created: 12/10/06

Great Unique Film, Good DVD, An Off-putting DVD Package

When this movie first came out in the year 2000, I was so struck by the concept of it that I had to see it in theaters, even though that meant driving an hour and a half away to the nearest theater that carried it in its limited release. To this day, a movie has not impacted me personally more than this film did when I first saw it. At the time, it was just so different in terms of story and structure and directorial style that it just turned all the basic film conventions I had become accustomed to on their heads. Since then though many people, especially independent productions, have attempted to rip off some of the style and magic of this film thus making the original not quite as original as it once was. Still, though many probably won't be affected as much by it as I initially was, it is still a truly remarkable thriller full of great twists that still holds up well today as I'm sure it will for many many years to come.

The basic premise of the plot is that a man was struck on the head just after witnessing his wife's murder, and ever since then he has not been able to make new memories, though he remembers everything perfectly before the accident. As a result of his condition, he forgets everything every few minutes or so, which makes it necessary for him to leave himself notes and pictures and even tattooing the most important info he finds out on his body. This becomes very interesting considering his one focus and goal in life now is to find his wife's killer. His condition makes it easy for people to use him and trick him, and thus it is hard for him to trust people, though a few complex characters who may or may not be how they appear weave in and out of the plot all throughout the story plunging our ill-fated anti-hero ever closer to his ultimate fate. Will he find his killer? Has he already found his killer? Can he ever trust anyone, even himself? Will he forever be on an unending quest? These are just a few ideas this movie will touch on. Just be prepared for a very original script with some fine acting from Guy Pearce, Joe Pantoliano, and oddly enough Carrie Anne Moss from the Matrix films.

One other very important thing about the film that was really what got me to see it in the first place is that................THE ENTIRE FILM PLAYS BACKWARDS. The first scene is actually the last scene, and you spend the rest of the film figuring out how our character arrived at that point. I think other films have done this since, but this is the first film I ever saw that did it, and for this particular story it is VERY effective. If you really lose yourself in the story you'll feel disoriented just like the main character which is why I was so affected by the film. No other film has made me feel like the character like this one has.

Now, as for the DVD, the packaging is like a case file for our main character. It's packaged like a folder with notes about him and his condition. There are few nice extras too including a good Direcotor's commentary. The trouble is they made half the extras hidden in a maze of menus you have to navigate to ulock them. It's very tedious, and I'm not sure that I've even found them all yet. That's the only quip with this DVD. It is a good 2 Disc set though overall and the only way to own this movie for fans.

The Director Christopher Nolan went on to direct the remake of Insomnia and Batman Begins. So I'd say you'll be seeing his work for quite a while to come.

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Created: 12/29/05

Unique backwards progression - excellent film!

'Memento' is simply an excellent film. Using a unique backwards progression chronologically, the story focuses on Leonard, an insurance investigator who is looking for the man who murdered his wife.

Leonard has developed a condition that prevents him from making new memories. He has no short-term memory capacity. He can only remember his life before his wife died.

As he learns new clues, he takes Polaroid pictures, writes them down, and tattoes them on his body.

Traveling back in time, the movie puts us inside Leonard's head for a fascinating ride!

Highly recommended - a must-see film.

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Created: 07/08/06

rion citsatnaf

This "fantastic noir"(title) is shown in the same fashion as the main character's memory. After his wife is raped and killed by John G, he is injured and develops a condition where he is unable to create new memories from the time of the event. It shows his new memories in short segments and then flashes back to the previous memory. Thus, the movie is essentially shown in reverse. This ploy raises the film from a great thriller, to a brilliant film experience. This DVD version of the film is absolutely brilliant, presented as his psychological profile. The discs menu's are by far the greatest use of a menu I have ever seen in a DVD, needing to solve puzzles, and playing with your memory to figure out which buttons go to which pages. Usually selling at media stores for over $25, I was able to snag on on eBay for $6.95, easily the greatest eBay find this year for me. Excelent movie, excellent purchase.

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Created: 02/10/10

Great film; Unusual menu navigation

I have always been a fan of Memento since I saw it several years ago. This Limited Edition Set is great for fans with the additional content, and the ability to watch the story in reverse order. The DVD menus however are rather beguiling. Set up as a psych test, you find yourself performing a number of button pushes just to start the film or the features playing. I ended up searching online to find exact instructions on how to access each feature. Other than the confusing navigation, this is a solid edition of a great film!

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Created: 08/25/09

Different

This is a movie that you either like, love or hate. I like it, but its so confusing sometimes, as it is a backwards movie, meaning the beginning of the movie is actually the end and it goes backward/forward (which ever suits you) . I have my opinion on what happened to Guy Pearce & who he actually is concerning the story but its one of those movies that everyone can have a different opinion in the end. And its kind of confusing trying to keep in mind, that it is going backwards to the beginning when you start to watch it.

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