Amit’s Recco Of The Week—— Memento
Memento is a psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, based on his brother Jonathan’s short story .The film stars Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby, a former insurance fraud investigator hunting for his wife’s murderer. During the attack on his wife, Leonard suffered severe head trauma and lost the ability to make new memories .This means that Leonard cannot remember past events. He cannot recollect people he has met five minutes ago nor his car nor the place he stays. He cannot remember his friends nor his enemies. A difficult situation to cope with. Isn’t it?And it becomes even more difficult when he has to hunt for his wife’s murderer.
So how does Leonard go about his life? He simply takes a snapshot of all the things that he has to remember. Be it his hotel ,his car ,his friends,his enemies.He takes photographs of all of them.And behind each picture he writes who that person is and what that particular person means in his life.Leonard has also tattooed his whole body with certain important facts of the killer and the goals in his life lest he not forget them.
Leonard is aided in his investigation by “Teddy” (Joe Pantoliano) and Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss), neither of whom Leonard is sure he can trust.And both of them try to use Leonard’s memory condition to their own advantage.
How shall Leonard fight with this memory condition of his?Will Teddy and Natalie really help Leonard or will they just use him to settle their own scores?Will Leonard ever be able to take revenge of his wife’s murder???How can a person have emotions if he does not know where they came from? How can we learn from our experiences if we cannot remember them. What is the purpose of revenge if someone cannot recollect or prosper from it?Watch Memento to have your questions answered.
Thumbs Up—-Memento is an extra-ordinary, racy, thriller that has you glued from start to finish. For not once do you feel like moving your head from the screen.The thriller is narrated in a reverse chronological manner. It’s narrated in a style that I have not witnessed before and am sure most of you haven’t too. Each segment begins as Leonard’s memory has just “reset”, leaving him (as well as the audience) unaware of where he is or what he was doing; the segment ends just after the events fade from his memory.This particular style of narration is complicated(and I am sure most of you have not got what I am trying to say).But just catch Memento and you shall understand.The director,the editor and the screenplay writer need a standing ovation for creating such a master piece.
Guy Pearce is the soul of the movie and does a fantastic job.Without his masterful acting the movie would not have been as great a movie as it turns out to be.He does carry the movie ably on his broad shoulders.
Thumbs Down—Could not figure any points that could come in this section as according to me the movie is flawless.Just a warning here, do not take your eyes off the screen even for a minute as you might then find it difficult to fathom the story.
The Final Verdict—“Memento” is still a unique mystery thriller. It is a tantalizing experience we do not often come across at the movies.Go rent a dvd and watch as soon as you can.I bet you shall love it.
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