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Memento (2000)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  25 May 2001 (USA)
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A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle.

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Storyline

Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memories, as he attempts to find the murderer of his wife, which is the last thing he remembers. One story line moves forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more each time. Written by Scion013

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Some memories are best forgotten

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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25 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amnesia  »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£90,642 (UK) (20 October 2000)

Gross:

$25,530,884 (USA) (9 November 2001)
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Trivia

Before Carrie-Anne Moss was cast as Natalie, Ashley Judd, Famke Janssen and Angelina Jolie were considered to play the role. See more »

Goofs

Leonard goes to the Discount Inn, and the manager takes him to room 303; when Leonard realizes that it is not his room and the manager admits to also renting him room 304 because business was slow, Leonard calls the manager Burt. In that particular entire sequence, Burt has on no name tag, nor does he mention his name to Leonard. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Leonard Shelby: [voiceover] So where are you? You're in some motel room. You just - you just wake up and you're in - in a motel room. There's the key. It feels like maybe it's just the first time you've been there, but perhaps you've been there for a week, three months. It's - it's kind of hard to say. I don't - I don't know. It's just an anonymous room.
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Ipanema Dreaming
Written by Daniel May
Performed by Daniel May
Published by Revision West (BMI)
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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can't believe how much I'm still thinking the day after
24 May 2001 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

So the "innovative" concept of filming out of sequence has been cliche for at least a few years now, but here's a film that makes it work far better than its been shown in a while.

Having read the reviews and talked to others who saw it, I thought that I'd go into the movie figuring everything out right away and declaring the concept unworkable. I couldn't be further from the truth. This movie does things to your head that are illegal in some countries. Portrayed (for all intents and purposes) backwards, it forces you to think in the same way that our lead character, Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce being more brilliant than usual) does. Suffering from a condition that renders him unable to remember anything for more than a few minutes, he is searching for the man who raped and killed his wife. Since each seen lasts no more than 15 minutes before jumping back to the what happened before that, our perceptions are shattered in the same way.

Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano (both of The Matrix) put in great performances that leave you guessing; simultaneously endearing and revolting.

Overall I left the film trying to figure out what was what, and I'm still not sure. This film noir concept shouldn't work, but it does so wonderfully.


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