"Memento" is the story of a man, Leonard Shelby (Guy
Pearce), who is suffering from short-term memory loss-- caused
from a head injury. He can only
remember things by writing them down, taking Polaroids, or tattooing
them on his body. Leonard says that he had to learn to
recognize his own handwriting so he won't be tricked into
believing something that isn't true-- but that sometimes happens
anyways. Many people take advantage of Leonard's
handicap. For example, a bartender spits into a beer in front
of Leonard and then serves it to him 5 minutes later...Leonard
drinks the nasty beer because he doesn't remember anyone spitting
Anyway, Leonard is on a mission. His wife was raped and
murdered in their own house. Leonard tried to save her but
failed and ended up being shot in the head. He is now handicapped
(the memory loss) and is desperately seeking revenge for his
wife's rapist and murder. But it's really very useless
because he won't remember the satisfaction that he will get if he
ever does find and kill the murderer.
But that leads to some questions...has he already found and killed
the murderer but doesn't remember? One character, played by
Joe Pantoliano, suggests to Leonard that he has already found and
killed the murderer, and that he should stop his mission of
revenge. That is one question of many, which is left in the
mind of people who see this movie. So, if you want to think,
if you want to experience a ground-breaking film, by all means, go
see this movie. That is, if it's playing in your area. If
it's not, then wait for it to come out on DVD, and buy it.
Or you could take a vacation to someplace that is showing
it. It's worth it.
( 4 out of 4 pops )
about this film with other Popkorn Junkies
Patsy ( 4 out of 4 pops
This is the best movie I've seen in a long time and I definitely
recommend it to anyone that's thinking about seeing a movie
sometime soon! Pappy asked me how I liked it when it
was over...my response, "I loved it.....I gotta
pee." (Read Pappy's review of "Spy Kids" to get the
Pappy ( 3 out of 4 pops
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was a very clever movie that I enjoyed a great deal.
Yes, it left me with a lot of unanswered questions in my
mind, but Iíve forgotten them.
So I guess it was pretty good.)
( 4 out of 4 pops
If you're lucky enough to live near one of the theatres showing this film,
go see it now. Don't try too hard to figure out the plot details, just watch it and breathe a huge sigh of relief for the state of American cinema.
I'm not going to get into any of the usual (review) stuff because "Memento" created a new genre, it's a breakthrough, and I want to treat it with big-time RESPECT.