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Memento (2000)

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



(screenplay), (short story "Memento Mori")
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Top Rated Movies #49 | Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 56 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »



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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amnesia  »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$235,488, 18 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Droste Effect on the main poster of the movie is a reference to Doodlebug (1997), another movie by Christopher Nolan. See more »


During the confrontation between Leonard and Teddy after Leonard has killed Jimmy, Leonard mentions the $200,000 in Jimmy's car. However, at this point he has already forgotten about killing Jimmy, so he should also have forgotten about the money as Teddy doesn't mention it. See more »


[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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Absolutely No Spoilers Here--READ THIS REVIEW INSTEAD!!!!
19 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

Thank Goodness I didn't read the reviews posted before I saw the film!! Most reviews (including ones on this site) will tell you waaayyyy too much about the movie, and that's just plain frustrating. But, as an avid cinephile, I promise not to do the same.

Memento is one of those pictures that will have you sitting in the theater after the lights come up so you can talk to everyone else about what they thought of the movie. This is a highly intelligent and original brain teaser that will have you guessing from beginning to end, and even afterwards. The story and the direction are the best I've seen so far this year, and it deserves all the kudos it gets.

Plainly put, the film tells the story of Leonard Shelby: a man who lost his short term memory in an assault where his wife was raped and murdered; now he's looking for the killer, despite his handicap. Simple as that. You don't need to know anymore.

The film is constructed and told in such a way that you are constantly put into the shoes of Leonard Shelby, beautifully played by Guy Pierce. Carrie-Ann Moss gives an equally mysterious and complex performance. This film is well-made all the way around--from the direction, to the editing, and especially the unique story that is rarely found in Hollywood these days. Four Stars!

This review may have been a little dry on the details, but go see the movie--you'll be thanking me later.

PS: Only go to the official website AFTER you've seen the movie. It too will give too much away. Afterwards, though, go and look at it--it's pretty impressive.

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