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Memento (2000)

A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from 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

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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)  »

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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

When we first see Leonard's map of the area we can see two streets that have commonality with David Lynch's "Blue Velvet." There is a "Booth St." The primary antagonist in "Blue Velvet" is "Frank Booth." A second street worthy of note is "Lincoln St." which Jeffrey is explicitly told to avoid and where the apartment of Dorothy Vallens resides in "Blue Velvet." These are the only roads that are not nominally numerical, i.e. "Seventh St." See more »

Goofs

The Jaguar XK8 has antilock brakes and would not have managed the entertainingly screeching skid as it stopped outside the tattoo parlor. Only the rear wheels are locked and clearly the handbrake was used to make an amusing noise. No matter how it was achieved, it was not a natural stop and there is no evidence to suggest that Leonard is a stunt driver who might habitually stop like that. See more »

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[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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overused plot + often abused style = best movie of the year
7 May 2001 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A man with no short term memory tries to solve a murder. The scenes in the movie are played in reverse. Sounds like yet another run of the mill comedy but in reality is one of the best suspense/dramas I've seen in years.

While some may claim showing the scenes in reverse is just an annoying trick to make a simple plot confusing and add a plethora of twists, I wholeheartedly disagree. Any good story teller knows it's not what you say, but how you say it.

By playing the scenes in reverse you experience the confusion Lenny undergoes throughout the film. Showing some of the scenes in chronological order (BTW, the use of B&W instead of color to make the time distinction was ingenious) creates suspense which builds as the two timelines converge. The somewhat rushed pace (compared to a written format) doesn't give you enough time to adequately analyze the events during the movie. This has two advantages: firstly you're going to talk about it after you leave the theater adding to experience immensely, and secondly you don't have time to think about what has happened (will happen) so you're experience better follows that of Lenny.

While many might find the movie rather confusing, it flows wonderfully for anyone familiar with writing styles that constantly jump around a timeline (e.g. Catch 22).


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